Ride the waves-go surfing in India. With an enormous stretched coastline exposed to parts of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, India has many spots just right for surfing. Surfing is a sport which basically lets the surfer ride his surfboard on the crest of the sea waves that carry him towards the shore. There are very many surfing spots you could find on the southern tip of India. So gear up and get ready to ride the waves and have the most unforgettable experience!
Destinations in India for Surfing
You can go surfing in India at following destinations:
The best time to go surfing in India is considered to be in the months of September, October and November. The surf at this time can be approximately 8 feet. Few months can make your surf a little blown out with the tropical hurricanes and cyclones which are common between April to June and end-September to December. However it is possible to get perfect surfing conditions during these months particularly early in the morning.
October is basically good for beginners. March till June and August till November is also a good time to go surfing on the West coast of India.
Things to keep in mind while taking up snorkeling are:
Surfboards are designed to float on the water no matter what. They have a natural center of gravity. There is a point on the surf board that balances your body weight. In order to maintain your body weight on the surf board stand with your chin aligned to that particular spot
One should always wear a leash or leg rope tied to their surfboard
Never keep your board between yourself and the coming waves. This will cause collision
If the surf board's nose digs into the water it is called ‘pearling’ and when this happens you must move the location of your chin back in order to avoid falling and maintaining the balance
Don’t put too much weight towards the back of the board as you will lose balance
Wear the safety nose guard for safety measures
Wear a vest, rash guard or a tee shirt to avoid a rash you may get from the waves or surfboard
When you fall off your board remember to grip the back of your head with your hands and keep your wrists over your ears with your elbows together. Stay under water for a moment. This will prevent any facial injury
Surfing tour operators
Major operators for surfing in India are:
Cocopelli Surf School at Gokarna in Karnataka
Ashram Surf Retreat (also known as Mantra Surf Club) in Mulki (45 kms away from Manipal) Karnataka
Shaka Surf Club at Kodi Bengre, Udupi
Bay of Life operates from East Coast road between Chennai and Pondicherry
Surf and Soul in Varkala, Thiruvananthapuram
Surfing Yogis at Balighai Beach in Puri, Odisha
Kallialay Surf School (Between Pondicherry and Auroville)