India Surf Spot Guide

India facts

Capital:
New Delhi
Population:
1,147,995,904 (July 2008 est.)
Area:
3,287,590 sq km
Coastline:
7,000 km
Climate:
Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Language:
Hindi, English and 21 other official languages

Surfing in India

India's coastline stretches for approximately 7,000 kilometres and as the country is exposed to sections of the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, with an enormous stretch of open ocean off its southern tip, surf is pretty much guaranteed all year round. There will also be plenty of surf spots that aren't yet on many people's maps. The main season for big waves is May to September, when the surf can be approximately 8 feet. This is also one of the monsoon seasons and monsoon conditions can make the surf messy and blown out, with tropical hurricanes and cyclones being common between April to June and September to December. It is possible, however, to find glassy and perfect conditions in the monsoon season, particularly early in the morning. Out of the big-wave season, the surf averages 3 to 5 feet and it is possible to find a wide range of breaks, from beaches to reefs or river mouths.

Surf on the west coast of India is usually best when the swell is coming from the south or west and the east coast benefits from a southerly to south-easterly swell. Both coasts have long and straight beaches that can offer good fun beginners waves or more challenging waves in bigger conditions. There are also several river mouths with sand bars that can make for good breaks, though currents can be a concern.

Most areas of India are trouble-free for visitors but areas in the Himalayas close to Pakistan, such as Kashmir, can be dangerous and research should be undertaken before a trip.

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