About Saltwater Dreaming... Sawadee
Saltwater Dreaming is the original surf brand in Thailand and has been supplying surf gear since 2000. A collaboration of Thai and Australian concepts and ideas, Saltwater Dreaming is Thailand's Surf Brand. Honesty and a passion for surfing and the sea are the ideals that exemplify the heart of Saltwater Dreaming
In 2000 we started with Tee Shirts sold out of the front room of our house and over the years we have naturally grown.
We are now a full service surf shop located on the west coast of Phuket Thailand. Established in 2000 and locally owned and operated, Saltwater Dreaming is Phuket's "Original" Surf Shop.
Our surf shop carries a large selection of surfboards, bodyboards, skateboards and stand up paddleboards, to suit beginners to advanced surfers, as well as a wide selection of quality surf gear.
We want you to have the best shopping experience possible. Our friendly knowledgeable staff are always here to serve you and give you real and honest advice. If you have any questions about our shop, please call +66 (0) 76 390 664, or drop us an email
We are the only accredited surf school in Phuket run by qualified surfers. Our surfing history runs for over 40 years in the Asia Pacific region. Operating now for over 18 years, we are the original surf school in the Bang Tao area and we have lots of experience and knowledge to share with our students.
Saltwater Dreaming has supported local surf contests and surfers in Phuket since 2001 and our ultimate aim is to pursue and share the stoke and lifestyle of surfing.
Call in to our shop and say hello, we are happy to give you directions and advice on where to surf in Phuket. If you are buying a surfboard, with over 40 years of surfing experience, we are sure we can help you choose the right board for you.
This website also will help you to find out more about Thailand and to help surfers develop their skills. We are dedicated surfers helping surfers!
Rick Gamble is one of the founders of Saltwater Dreaming. He has been surfing for over 45 years and lived in Thailand for 20 years, the information on this website is largely contributed by him from his life as a surfer and traveler.
He is also the Head Instructor at Saltwater Dreaming Surf School and has been a certified instructor since 2010.
Here is a map of our Phuket Surf Shop
Surfing Really Is Our Religion!
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"Saltwater Dreaming is the best surf shop on the island by far" Pacific Longboarder Magazine
"Undoubtedly the island?s best surf shop" Lonely Planet
Super beginner surf lessons and professional instructors
Had the best experience learning to surf with saltwater dreaming.
The conditions are perfect for beginners located on bang thao beach.
We quickly learn how to stand on the board, making the learning fun and at the same time progressing through the lessons.
So thanks to Saltwater Dreaming for making our vacation fun and memorable.
Great activity for kids
Most people don’t come to Thailand to go surfing, but Saltwater Dreaming operates in a very calm and beautiful beach area which is great for teaching people how to surf.
Rick, the owner, doesn’t just give you a board and send you out there… he takes his time and really teaches people how to paddle, catch waves, and stand up.
He also teaches kids to respect the ocean and beach environment.
Easily the Most Fun I’ve Had at the Beach… Ever!
Lessons here are incredible. In under an hour Rick had me paddling out for waves, standing up on the board, and having a blast!
The coaching here goes far beyond the technical aspects of surfing and gets really deep into respecting the ocean and embracing the sport.
Fantastic introduction to surfing, I’m hooked… I’ll be returning shortly to pick up a board of my own!
Fantastic! Great teacher
I have had a few lessons with Rick over the past few seasons and thought it was time to thank him.
He is a very professional surf coach who starts off by teaching the basics to give you an understanding of the waves, water and surf before getting into the water.
He was always patient and from the first day I could stand up and ride a wave
Now I go back for a session and still he can really help me each time
What a great day/way to learn
Rick is just a wonderful teacher and I can highly recommend his school for any new surfers.
This was so much fun I wish I had sorted this school out my first day in Phuket and made arrangements to spend several days learning to surf.
I was able to stand up multiple times during my first lesson and felt very comfortable and safe with Rick and his staff helping me.
I feel I have the basics under my belt and can’t wait to get home and show off my new skills.
Excellent surfing experience with Rick
My wife and I got 3 days of wonderful lessons with Rick and his team in late August.
It’s marvellous that we could even stand on the surf board during the first lesson.
Rick is a very experienced instructor and helped us catch great waves to ride.
We had great fun for the 3 days lesson and would definitely surf again with Rick’s team next time in Phuket.
Great surf lessons, easy to understand and practice
Rick and his team will train you what ever you level is for a great surf session.
I have tried other in Phuket and I have to admit that Saltwater got the most comprehensive and pedagogue trainers.
Loved it! Great lessons, wonderful instructor & team!
We just got back from 2-day beginner sessions and we loved it!
Rick (head instructor) and his team was just amazing.
They were very good and certainly know what they are talking about!
They patiently taught us and helped us (so much) throughout the sessions.
We will definitely go back soon!
Rick and his team are professional, guaranteed to have an awesome experience.
3 or 5 day surf lessons are highly recommend, you’ll be catching green waves in no time.
Saltwater Dreaming Surf School is by far the best in Phuket.
Enjoyed Every Single Lesson
That I had with Rick and his team.
The lessons before each surf session is technical and highly informative.
Rick’s team are all very helpful and attentive.
I caught many waves because of them, and for that I am very grateful.
Even in the stormiest of conditions, Rick’s team made us all feel very safe.
Had so much fun!
Best Surf Instructor!!!
What to say? My daughter who is 12 and my friends son who is 15 were signed up for surf lessons on Bangtao Beach with Rick from Saltwater Dreaming.
He showed an amazing ability to connect with young people.
He was relaxed and easy going, and….. amazingly, he had both kids standing on the birds on their first wave!!!
I would recommend Rick anytime!!
Next time we are back in Phuket, my daughter will be back looking to get Rick to take her out surfing for sure!!
Can’t thank you enough!!
Great Intro to Surfing, No Hype
As many of the other reviews attest, Rick is a great instructor.
He spent 30 minutes with me talking about surfing and waves and beach dynamics before we even went in the water.
Unlike the other surf establishments I saw on Bangtao Bay that appear to just rent out boards to travelers and send them on their way into the waves, Rick takes the time to teach you to surf.
I was up and surfing on the board with 10-15 minutes, thanks to his attentiveness.
I will plan to spend another day (or two) on the water with him during our next visit to Bangtao Bay.
Excellent instructors, highly recommended
Excellent instructors, very patient, clear instructions, very safe, my girlfriend doesn’t know how to swim but still be able to stand on the board on the first lesson, price is right.
They provide everything so no need to bring many things, wear swimsuit is ok.
If wear glasses remember to buy a strip at their shop to avoid losing it.
A little bit far from Patong beach but we drove to their shop so not a big problem for us.
Great, professional outfit
Rick explained everything we needed to know before hitting the water and was very calm and patient.
I took my son along and we both loved it, despite the torrential rain!
We both managed to stand up and we will certainly take surfing up as something we can do together.
Thanks Rick and the team, you deserve every success!
Instructor and patient and made us feel comfortable.
We could stand on our first lesson!
Best week surfing with rick and his team (VERY good value for money).
So friendly, helpful and accommodating.
Can’t recommend enough.
Amazing surf lessons
Really good surf lessons given by Rick who is great at explaining everything and very patient and willing to help throughout the lessons!
Went with friends and was great fun!!
Highly recommend for beginners and for those who have had previous lessons.
Thank you for a great 5 days 🙂
Very Kind and Patient!
Had a great lesson today with a lot of fun �
The teachers are very kind and patient!
Would definitely recommend �
Friendly and Patient!
Booked 2 lessons for my 7 and 9 year old kids. The instructors were friendly and patient.
My kids enjoyed this experience very much and wanted some more.
Definitely Recommend It!
Great experience learning surf from scratch, thanks to the good advices from the instructor (Rick) and his team. I definitely recommend it.
Wide choice of surfing equipment, accessories and clothing available at the surfshop.
Wonderful Family Time!
My 2 day surf lesson with my elder daughter (for our original plan) turned to be a wonderful family time in the second day as my wife and the younger daughter asked to join on the second day.
Rick is licensed instructor so we have no doubt on him. Khun Jai, who was taking care the kids, was the highlight for kids.
She worked very well with the kids and made sure that the kids was going to have a good surfing time.
My husband and I were able to take two lessons with the crew from saltwater dreaming.
They left us wanting for several more lessons with them–we just ran out of time unfortunately!
Do it with this local shop!
They are very kind, knowledgeable, and have great equipment for you to use.
Thank you again for a great 2 day experience!
Amazing Surf Experience!
We had a super fantastic time and amazing surfing experience with Rick and his crews.
The lessons were just amazing with both theory and in-action!!
Definitely go back again!!!
Just Loved It!
We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions. Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!
Great lessons! Great teachers!
Did the 5 day programme, Rick and the team really taught us everything we need to know to be able to surf. Great lessons! Great teachers!
Learnt a Lot!
Thanks for the lessons! I have learned a lot and will continue another holiday with surfing.
All the best and see you a next time.
Ps: I will certainly recommend you to other people!
Thank you for the great experience! It was really fun.
Lots of thanks,
I would like to say thank you we are very pleased. They were perfect classes!
We had a great time
Just to convey our thanks for the lessons… unanimously agreed that we had a great time.
School Is The Best
I know, your school is the best, so can i learn school surf with Rick?
Thanks Rick. We had a great time today!
Thanks again for the great lessons, I’ll make sure to sign up for more next time in Phuket.
Experience That Will Stay With Me Forever!
Some experiences are forgotten, some are remembered, and others become a part of us. Thanks again for a great lesson and an experience that will stay with me forever.
Time to hit the waves in Okinawa!
We Had A Blast!
We had a blast! Thanks, Rick!
Great Surf Lesson
Nice meeting you and thanks for the great surf lesson last Thursday.
Wanna Go Surfing Again
Now I´m back to Norway (actually almost a month :P).
I wanna go surfing again in Phuket when I go to Thailand next time 😉
Fantastic Surf Lessons!
I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic surf lessons you gave me at Bang Tao Beach. I really enjoyed it!
Attached you will find some pictures.
Thanks for lessons. It was good to be able to stand up. I’ll try and get a third lesson in January or February once settled back into New Zealand.
I had a great time learning to surf and now I’m addicted to it. I’ll be back again, and on the next visit I’ll stay somewhere near Bang Tao Beach.
Thanks for the surfing lessons, your a great teacher. 😉
im just writing to say thank u for the classes and i hope i can use the knowledge to enjoy surf around the world. Have a great year with your family and friends. Good waves and blue sky in Phuket. Thanks,
Learnt a Lot and Enjoyed!
Many thanks to you and also Kay for the lessons for past few days. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed 🙂
Great Lessons..Very Good Teacher!
I left Phuket a week ago and i didn’t have time to say goodbye.
I would like to tell you thank you for the great surf lessons. I really enjoyed it and you are a very good teacher! I Hope to continue to surf 😀
I hope to come again
Thank you for this time and hope to see you again, give my best to K as well, you’re both awesome teachers! 🙂
I had such a wonderful time today. Just a great way to spend the day. Hope to see you again.
Thank you for two awesome lessons! 🙂
Hi Rick and your team, Thanks for giving me a extraordinary experience to learn how to surf and enjoying more the ocean!
Full of Fun
Thanks for the lesson. It’s full of fun and we’ll definitely try again when we are back home.
See you next time when we come again.
Thank you for all you did for a beginner like me!
Sure I will try to find opportunities to practice and come again for your professional guidance! Thank you!
Thanks so much for the great lesson!!
Just Loved It!
We just took 2-day beginner classes and we just loved it! Rick (head instructor) taught us a lot and we got to practice a lot during our sessions.
Everybody was so friendly and helpful. We plan to take more classes in the near future. Surely recommend it to everybody, especially beginners like us!
It has been a great experience learning to surf with your school and getting to know you and your team:) Thank you again for your kind hospitality.
I plan to come back in September
Great Family Day
Thanks for the surf lessons. We had a great family time yesterday.
received my ordered board and accessories today. The postman had some trouble finding me, but it all worked out in the end 🙂 Everything looks great by the way, and I want to thank you again.Thank you very much, it has been a great pleasure doing business with you 🙂 You are very professional and answer my constant nagging quickly, and if I ever get the change to recommend you to others I surely will!!Now i just need to find the waves 😀Thanks again and have a nice day 🙂
Happy customer! thanks! Please keep me posted on new arrivals(skimboards/bodyboards). cheers!
Hi guys,,I always buy my wax from you,gecko glue,,it’s the best wax I have used in my life,,,I started surfing when I was six,,,now I’m fifty.you do an excellent job with all your products,,you are quick and your extra little gifts are an attribute to all of you,,,hope to get there and meet you all one day.you are awesome.kindest regards
Boards are the finest!
I’m back in Hawaii now. That 6’2″ Piranha board is killer…rides just like one of my Glen Minami’s. I surfed Kamala right after we talked…it was crankin’ Then I caught Kalimin the evening with three Thai local guys out. It was putting out solid 4 to 6 foot down the line rights. (2 to 3 Hawaiian) I was pumped…even got a little backside barrel on my last wave.Anyway, it was great meeting you. Your boards are the finest…I’ll be back. =)Aloha,
Best Surf Shop
“Undoubtedly the island’s best surf shop”
Best Surf Shop
“Saltwater Dreaming is the best surf shop on the island by far”
Not just for surfing. Swimming, paddling accessories, and surf shop.
Not just for surfing, the surf shop provides local and online shopping for surf and swim items not usually found in Thailand. Service is fast and shipping is reliable. I’m happy not to have to order overseas.
So, if you need something – check their website. Enjoy.
Wow! Amazing customer service
I called from Karon Beach to order some GoPro accessories (21 km away). An English speaking man arranged a cab to deliver the items that day. He saved my vacation. The prices were comparable to USA prices.
Great service excellent prices
Great service excellent prices and products, surf school by a great instructor heaps of care knowledge and experience everybody had a great time, highly recommend this shop and school
Great Company To Do Business With
By Far The Best Surf Shop Surf School in Phuket. So Many Products To Choose From And All At Very Good Prices. Great Freindly Staff Who Offer Good Fast Service Every Time. Great Company To Do Business With.
Best Customer Service
Thanks for your best customer service! Have a wonderful day sir!
Excellent Customer Service
I have ordered 2 times now and have experienced excellent customer service. The order arrived quickly and I was given a tracking number without asking. Will buy again. Thanks Guys!
Thank you I order already two sets (for security). I appreciate your service.
As I am french, i have the tendency to complain quite a lot 😉 much more then I should mention when I am happy about something.
I have to say that I am impressed with the speed of the package (i just received the T shirts). The quality of the T shirts is excellent, the design of the with T shirt Polynesian style is awsome and the neck logo (to write the brandname and how to wash it) makes it compete with Quicksilver shirts type range that cost more then 1,500 THB….
You can be sure that when I need shirts (or my wife or my daughter), I’ll get back to you.
very fast and in perfect condition
Just received the go pro floating device. As usual very fast and in perfect condition.
Perfect deal with you…
Cheap price for super good quality.
Your advises about the size was perfect. ..
Super fast delivery. ..
I just have to say …super service.
Thank you a lot
Thank you very much, the longboard is perfect and thank you for recommending it to me. I will buy again, great service.
Real Great Shop!
Great family owned surf shop and the only surf shop where I was able to find real bodyboards, leashes and fins owned by a surfer that understands the “same language”. It’s very difficult to find such equipment and gear in Thailand.
Large choice of products and accessories at very attractive prices as well.
The online service is also remarkable… when I am in BKK I order online and the shipment is super fast (3 days to get what I ordered from Bkk).
Real great shop!
By far the best surf shop in Thailand owned by a real surfer ! great choice of gear, very affordable prices , excellent service , I can only recommend Saltwater Dreaming Shop !
Loved the Experience
Had a 2 hour session with this surfing school! Very reasonable price as the price included rental of the boards and rash gear. The instructor taught clearly and explained well. Loved the experience and would come back again if i had the chance!
It was my first surfing lesson with Rick! I gotta say, he’s the best and obviously a professional surfer! If you are looking for a surf lesson, here is the answer you are looking for. Doesn’t matter which levels you are, he would definitely give you the best experience!!
Great Surf Shop
Great Surf shop near the beach. Can supply everything form Boards, wet suits, swimsuits & Boogie boards.
Shop offers rentals and instruction for all ages.
At the end of the surf season the shop usually has great deals on boards.
English and Thai speaking staff available.
Very Nice Store
Very nice store, good prices and very friendly and helpful staff.
“Go To” Shop
Your go to shop for all the surfing goods on this side of Phuket 🙂
(Translated by Google) The best surfboard school in Phuket
First time surfing and first surf lesson with Rick. It’s the best experience I’ve ever hoped for. If you are looking for surf lessons, here is your answer 😉
Very friendly shop. Reasonable rate and very well service. Love it! 😃
"Thank you, this by far is the best surf site I've ever seen and I'm 62!!" Earl United States
I had a great time learning to surf and now I'm addicted to it. I'll be back again, and on the next visit I'll stay somewhere near Bang Tao Beach. Thanks for the surfing lessons, your a great teacher. 😉 Cheers, Kayla
I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic surf lessons you gave me at Bang Tao Beach. I really enjoyed it! Attached you will find some pictures. Take care! Best regards, Jennie
Now I´m back to Norway (actually almost a month :P). I wanna go surfing again in Phuket when I go to Thailand next time 😉 Annie
Nice meeting you and thanks for the great surf lesson last Thursday. Katherine
We had a blast! Thanks, Rick! ..Christy
Some experiences are forgotten, some are remembered, and others become a part of us. Thanks again for a great lesson and an experience that will stay with me forever. Time to hit the waves in Okinawa! Cheers, Evan
Hi Rick, Thanks again for the great lessons, I'll make sure to sign up for more next time in Phuket. Chris
Thanks Rick. We had a great time today! Nate
I'm back in Hawaii now. That 6'2" Piranha board is killer...rides just like one of my Glen Minami's. I surfed Kamala right after we talked...it was crankin' Then I caught Kalim in the evening with three Thai local guys out. It was putting out solid 4 to 6 foot down the line rights. (2 to 3 Hawaiian) I was pumped...even got a little backside barrel on my last wave. Anyway, it was great meeting you. Your boards are the finest... I'll be back. =) Aloha, Mark
received my ordered board and accessories today. The postman had some trouble finding me, but it all worked out in the end 🙂 Everything looks great by the way, and I want to thank you again. Thank you very much, it has been a great pleasure doing business with you 🙂 You are very professional and answer my constant nagging quickly, and if I ever get the change to recommend you to others I surely will!! Now i just need to find the waves 😀 Thanks again and have a nice day 🙂 André =)
Happy customer! thanks! Please keep me posted on new arrivals(skimboards/bodyboards). cheers!
Hi guys,,I always buy my wax from you,gecko glue,,it's the best wax I have used in my life,,,I started surfing when I was six,,,now I'm fifty.you do an excellent job with all your products,,you are quick and your extra little gifts are an attribute to all of you,,,hope to get there and meet you all one day.you are awesome. kindest regards Daryl-Australia
I have ordered 2 times now and have experienced excellent customer service. The order arrived quickly and I was given a tracking number without asking. Will buy again. Thanks Guys! ? Jake, Thailand
Thank you I order already two sets (for security). I appreciate your service. -Thierry, Thailand
As I am french, i have the tendency to complain quite a lot 😉 much more then I should mention when I am happy about something. I have to say that I am impressed with the speed of the package (i just received the T shirts). The quality of the T shirts is excellent, the design of the with T shirt Polynesian style is awesome and the neck logo (to write the brand name and how to wash it) makes it compete with Quicksilver shirts type range that cost more then 1,500 THB.... You can be sure that when I need shirts (or my wife or my daughter), I'll get back to you. Cheers -Amir, Thailand
Hi, Just received the go pro floating device. As usual very fast and in perfect condition.
im just writing to say thank u for the classes and i hope i can use the knowledge to enjoy surf around the word. Have a great year with your family and friends. Good waves and blue sky in Phuket. Thanks, Luciana Brazil
We have bought your surf board and some other accessories. This was just the reminder that maybe you still remember us =) Because we wanted to let you know that the board was "tested" in the waters of Bali and Sri Lanka and my son is very happy so we made a good choice by buying a board from your shop for which we thank you very much.
I left Phuket a week ago and i didn't have time to say goodbye. I would like to tell you thank you for the great surf lessons. I really enjoyed it and you are a very good teacher! I Hope to continue to surf 😀 I hope to come again Best regards, Sarah
Many thanks to you and also Kay for the lessons for past few days. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed 🙂 Cheers, Gwean
Hi Rick and your team, Thanks for giving me a extraordinary experience to learn how to surf and enjoying more the ocean! Joyce from hong kong
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