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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

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.

Some of the better known surfing beaches in Phuket are:

Use the menu at the top of this page to get information on surfing on all Phuket's beaches.

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 the 25th November 2003. As we might be lucky.

Surf at Surin Beach

Longboarding in Phuket

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 across the fast beach breaks. Longboards have much more of a place on Phuket's 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

Longboarding Phuket

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....
Quiksilver award ceremony 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.

Surfing Kalim Reef

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 equivalent 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

Buying a Surfboard

Renting Surfboards

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.

Surfing Phuket

More information on surfing in Phuket

About 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.

We have done our best to go surfing in Thailand as much as possible and to include our personal experiences of this beach and other surf spots in Thailand someone's gotta do it!!

If you have more info or photos of this area or on other surfing spots in Thailand please contact us here

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