Surfing in Phuket
First off it has to be said that Phuket is far from a world-class surfing destination. If you want a surfing holiday then you are better off going somewhere else. That said, during the rainy season from May to October, there are ride-able waves, which even though they aren’t big can be a lot of fun. For the rest of the year it is almost totally flat with the very occasional freak swell but don’t hold your breath.
There are some decent long rides to be had, but you have to be a bit lucky to catch good waves here. Too often the surf can be mushy and blown out. The best conditions occur after the monsoon winds have blown for a few days then suddenly stop. The swell continues for several days after the wind has died, allowing for some decent breaks.
Renting a Board
There are boards for rent at a couple of the more popular beaches, prices are pretty cheap, though most boards have more than a few dings. Try Saltwater Dreaming at Surin Beach or the stalls at the southern end of the beach at Kata Yai if you haven’t brought your own.
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