Despite being spoilt with a 7500 km long extensive coastline, Indians are surprisingly not natural ocean-goers. Children are taught to fear the wrath of the sea and swim in enclosed pools. It is little wonder then, that India and the world took to Surfing on her waters only as recently as a decade ago.
Flanked by the Bay of Bengal on the east, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Indian Ocean in the south, India has multiple surf spots and schools concentrated in the southern parts of its west and east coast. Thanks to year-round tropical weather, Surfing in India has picked up as an international tourism activity, with a handful of world-class breaks.
November-March is the best time for beginners to get acquainted with the sport as the waters aren't too harsh, while the pre- and post-monsoon season is when more experienced surfers should chase the swells when they pick up a bit.
Where should I surf in India?
Over the past decade, a smattering of surfing institutes have propped up along the south western and eastern coasts of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Make sure you pick a well-established and credible school for your first time. Choose from Mantra Surf Club or Shaka in Mangalore, Covelong Point in Chennai, Kaliallay in Pondicherry or Soul & Surf in Varkala.
If you're a beginner raring to take a shot at Surfing, here's a detailed guide to what a surfing weekend at India's pioneering surf camp- Mantra Surf Club in Mangalore, Karnataka will be like.