Surfing Phuket Information
Is there surf in Phuket?
Yes there is, But it should not be rated among the top world surfing destinations, nevertheless while you're in phuket, a fun surf in uncrowded and friendly surfing conditions could really make your next holiday the best you've had yet.
The best time for surfing Phuket is from End of April to September. The best months are usually at the beginning and end of the season -May/June and September
See FAQs below for other months of the year
At other times Areas around Koh Samui are your best bet.
Surfing Phuket Overview
Phuket is probably the unofficial leader of the Thailand surfing industry and the number of local Thai surfers is increasing every year. More and more surf spots are being discovered, in Phuket and on the mainland.
The west coast of Phuket has many beautiful beaches and headlands and there are many surf spots known and some not so well known. There are also islands and reefs just offshore which are surfable in the right conditions. On the east coast of Phuket most of the beaches are muddy mangrove areas and are protected from the swells.
Common Questions About Surf in Phuket
- Is there surf in September? Sometimes if you are lucky, about 60% chance of getting waves.
- Is there surf in October? Sometimes if you are lucky, but generally don't count on it. 20% chance.
- Is there surf in November? Sometimes if you are lucky, but generally don't count on it. 5% chance.
- Is there surf in December, January, February? Not usually. 1% chance.
- Is there surf in March, April? Sometimes if you are lucky, but generally don't count on it. 10% chance.
In saying that, there are exceptions. Such as this surfing picture below which was taken on th 25th November 2003. As we said....you might be lucky.
- Beaches like Kamala beach at the northern end has slower waves and is ideal for longboarding. In saying that though, most people are riding shortboards to get accross the fast beach breaks. Longboards have much more of a place on Phukets beaches. Longboards are ideal in Phuket at the end of the surf season when the waves are nice shape and smooth, but too small for shortboards. Longboarding in Phuket rules
Phuket Surfing Contests
In 1999 Quiksilver started running surfing contests at Kata beach. Phuket now hosts surfing contests each year held between June to September.... You can see the latest news on surfing contests in Phuket here. Photo: Blast from the past-award ceremony Quiksilver contest 2000
Tourism and Surfing Phuket
Surfing is now becoming a Thailand tourism draw card, especially for people new to surfing and those who find Phuket's other attractions equally important, but still like to go surfing when the waves are on. A lot of visitors are here for other reasons such as, People on Honeymoon, holiday with family and friends, corporate meetings, but can still have the opportunity to go surfing.
Phuket's attractions, such as diving, Patong nightlife, shopping, Thai food and the Thai people, are definitely why people come to Thailand. Although you may not come to Phuket for the surf, it's still good to go for a paddle.
Recently there has been an increase in people wanting to learn to surf in Phuket. There are lessons available on Kata, Karon, Patong, Bang Tao and Surin beaches.
Buying a Surfboard in Phuket
Surfboards in Phuket can be less expensive than the equivelent surfboards in Europe, US, Australia etc. but before you commit to buying, make sure you contact your airline to check for any extra charges for carrying your board home.
The Saltwater Dreaming surf shop at Surin beach carries a list of airline charges so you can check before you buy your surfboard. The shop also carries a large range of surfboards in Thailand. More information Surin Beach Surf Shop
- The main centers for renting surfboards are the Surin Beach area and the Kata Beach area. Most surfboard rental booths offer hourly up to monthly surfboard rental rates. See surfboard rental and prices at Surin Beach which also has skimboards and stand up paddleboards for rent.
Waves in Phuket
- The swell that creates Phuket's surf conditions comes from the Indian ocean bypassing the tip of Sumatra. Exploring further north sometimes is a good idea as the waves often miss Phuket. As the monsoons head further north during April to September the surf becomes much bigger, but so do the winds.
More information on surfing in Phuket
Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea, in the south of Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from the north to the south. The mountains of Phuket are the southern end of a mountain chain which starts on the mainland. 70% of the island is covered by forest. More information on Phuket
Use the menu at the top of this page for directions to some of Phuket's surfing beaches.