Surfing in India

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Surfing in India
Country India
Governing body Surfing Federation of India
National team India

India has over 7500 km (4600 miles) of coastline, including that of the island groups, and this provides many opportune places for surfing. The largest waves are usually seen between May and September, the pre-monsoon and monsoon season. Some of the more well-known spots for surfing are Mahabalipuram, Kovalam(Covelong) and Manapad in Tamil Nadu, Mulki, Murdeshwara and Kapu Beach in Karnataka, Kovalam Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala, Little Andamans and Lakshadweep[1][2]

Stand up paddling and surfing as in the current form was not a familiar sport to Indians, until recently when things started to change, starting with the coastal villages and the coastal communities.“The kids here are born and brought up around these waters and this sport comes too easily to them,” says Madhumathi of Bay of Life Surf School[3] “You power the board. It does not need any mechanism”, And once you start paddling, you will be introduced to the vast eco-system that is right in your backyard. There are mangroves, schools of dolphins; we’ve even spotted a whale shark once- says Madhumathi Ravi[4]

"There are, it must be said, big pluses and minuses about surfing in India. The greatest plus point right now about grabbing your surf board and heading to the ocean anywhere in the country, is that you will not have too much company. That was a key factor that attracted Ed Templeton and his wife Sofie, the co-owners of Surf & Soul in Varkala. “The surf was good, the water warm, and the most attractive part was that there was nobody else in the water. Where else in the world do you get that?” says Ed.[2]

On most days the waves are likely to be quite gentle—anywhere between 2 ft and 5 ft. The waters are good enough for most surfers. You can go stand up paddling any time of the year. The best time for surfing is between September and November and then again in March, April and May. June, July and August are only suitable for professionals.[2]

India's beaches does not have a consistent life guard program except few regions like Goa or Kovalam in Chennai ( run independently by Bay of Life Chennai) hence it's better you surf with a buddy at all times. Try already explored surf spots first: It's sensible to first cover familiar surf spots in India before attempting to search for new ones. This way you get familiar to Indian environments, currents and local knowledge before attempting remote locations.Watch out for Currents: It's better to familiarise yourself with rips and currents pertaining to the surf spot by asking around and talking to fellow surfers, local fishermen of that area. Local Culture and Activities: Make sure you dress appropriately for different beaches in India, some regions are more orthodox than the others. Drinking on the beach, dressing provocatively might sometime invite unwanted trouble. Watch out for that fishing boat![5]

Surfing Federation of India is the governing body for surfing in India. The State Associations are:

  • SWAT- Surfing & Watersports Association of Tamil Nadu

OSA Orissa Surfing Association[edit]

  • KSA Karnatake Surfing Association

Buying a Surfboard in India[edit]

Temple Surfboards custom manufactures surfboards in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. The crew making the boards are ex-fishermen and ex-stonecarvers turned surfers and were taught by Australians to create custom high end surfboards from imported materials. You can find them at [6]

Accredited Surf Schools in India[edit]

  1. Bay of Life Surf School and Stand Up Paddle, Chennai
  2. Mumu surf lessons - Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
  3. Aloha - Goa, Agonda
  4. Surf Wala - Goa, Arambol
  5. Soul and Surf club — Kovalam, Trivandrum, Kerala[7] (ISA Certified Instructor)
  6. Mantra Surf Club — Mulki, Mangalore[8] (SFI)
  7. Shaka Surf club — Manipal, Karnataka
  8. Cocopelli Surf School and accommodation. ( ISA certified instructor) in Gokarna, Karnataka -

Other Surf Schools

  • Kalllialay[9]


  1. ^ "India Surf Spots". Surfing India. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Riding the waves". 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ Anusha Parthasarathy (2013-02-04). "Sea of change". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ Anusha Parthasarathy (2012-02-23). "Riding the waves". The Hindu. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Surfing Tips Surf School India - Bay of Life Surf & Stand Up Paddling". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Temple Surfboards". 
  7. ^ "Soul & Surf — India's Surf & Yoga Retreat". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Surf School, Surf Camp, Yoga Retreat, Adventure Tours". Surfing India. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Surf School in India - Kallialay". Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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