Phuket is not as renowned as Bali for example for great surf, but we do have good surf and especially for beginners and those who are more experienced and just love being out on the sea and chasing waves. So where are the best beaches to visit to catch a wave or two?
Talay Surf @ The Lazy Coconut
This beautiful stretch of beach has always had a reputation for being an ideal place to learn how to surf. Over the years there have been a few instructors guiding the local kids (and adults) through their first experiences with surf on this beach. In the centre of the 8kms of beach there is a protected patch with some decent waves ideal for newbies. There is usually a place to hire boards in this area, and at the time of writing this, The Lazy Coconut are planning to collab with a local surf professional to ensure guests can safely enjoy the waves. As you explore up the quieter end of the beach, closer to the Siranath National Park headquarters, the waves can get more demanding owing to the exposure to the wind coming from the west and also whipping around the small island at the northern end of the beach. Bang Tao’s bottom topography always changes and shifts every monsoon season, back in the day it used to be used for tin mining so there are some huge drop-offs due to dredging, so best to visit with someone who is familiar with the conditions here.
In the dry season Surin Beach could be mistaken for the Maldives, it a tranquil and clear beach with pretty tropical fish going about their business on the rocky reefs. When the season shifts it transforms into a great surfing spot, although it can experience some gnarly rip tides and hefty swells making it only advised for advanced surfers. Surin has a sandy bottom so landing is comfortable, but there’s also a cluster of sharp rocks in the centre of the beach that in high tide is disguised, so this patch is to be avoided! After your surf go grab a fresh coconut and some Som Tam from the local food vendors gathered in the car park area. The perfect pick me up after being hurled around for a few hours.
Relaxed and pretty Kamala Beach offers a great surfing spot in its northern part, right beside Shimmer Beachfront Restaurant. This beach can be split into three surf sections, at its southern point there is a gentle swell that is ideal for beginners. In the middle the sandbanks create waves up to 3-metres high so if you’re a little more experienced head for this spot, the northern end is superb, but you will have to navigate a small reef point break, but the surf is usually way better in this spot, but it all depends on tides, winds and overall conditions.
On the way from Surin to Patong there is an area called Kalim. This area is the north part of Patong Bay. When the surf is too big on other beaches in Phuket Kalim Reef offers a good solution as it is protected from the swell. The reef is shallow and is a popular spot for surfers. As with most places in Phuket, surfers are friendly so take your time, paddle out and join the gang and enjoy the ride back in!
If you would like surf information in more detail please visit this website: https://www.saltwater-dreaming.com/surfing-phuket.htm and also Magic Seaweed has surf conditions detailed daily: https://magicseaweed.com/Phuket-Surf-Report/649/