source Reference : andamantimes.com
Surfing is becoming a popular sort among tourists and locals in Phuket, doubling as a great business opportunity during the Green Season.
Although it may be the low, Monsoon or Green season, the atmosphere on Kata Beach in Phuket seems otherwise as many European and Middle Eastern tourist are still seen in abundance, swimming, sun bathing and surfing.
Locals and tourists enjoy surfing the waves on Kata and other beaches that have waves only the Monsoon season can provide, since the high season seas are flat. Surfing is therefore a popular pastime from May to October and is becoming an activity that is gaining popularity with riders, as more surf rental stalls are seen along the beaches, according to Andaman News.
Although an owner of one surf board rental stall in Kata says that this year the waves and winds in the sea have reduced a bit and so less tourists are renting out boards when compared to last year, with around 50-60 people renting a day, this is still a fairly high number, and enough to generate income for locals during the Monsoon Season.
Despite seeing the waves at Kata Beach as much smaller and less powerful than beaches down under, a New Zealand tourist said he still enjoy the surfing here as it’s still a good combination of sun and waves.
Surfing’s growing popularity in Phuket can be witnessed just by taking a look at the surfing competitions being organized with the main annual one coming up on the 31st of August till the 2nd of September.
One of the main organizers of the Surf Competition in Kata Beach khunWallop Nadon is busy preparing for the event with surfers from around the globe participating in the event, not to mention local surfers including Phuketsurf.com shop co-owner Noppasit ‘Kho’ Bunchuai. The competition will include different divisions from long to short boards, grommet and body boards and a beginners division with surfer girls and Phuketsurf.com shop co-owners Kulab Boonchareon (Ying) and Winna Nernnila (Joom) coming in 4th and 5th place respectively last year.
Surfing in Phuket really has its own community of like minded surfers having a place to meet and socialize and its popularity can only grow with a surf documentary movie made by Thai surfers having come out this year, being the first of its kind to feature surfing in Thailand.
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