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Why India? Yes, a relative few people surf here, a lot of the coast has been explored, and it isn't totally new as a surf destination. However, few if any other places in the warm and safe category that also get surf are untapped like India. You can still surf where no one has before...or at least feel like you're the first. Vast stretches of the coast haven't been looked at by a surfer's eye. Even more have been explored by a few but not given the time it takes to get a place figured out. Good waves happen here, and getting alone for a surf is easy.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lighthouse Beach

This is the right off the north rocks at Lighthouse Beach.  It's a fickle break, and rights are in high demand here.  So if I have a chance to surf this one working at all, I usually do.  90% of the days that it works are in September and October.  It must have something to do with the nature of the swell and/or the way the sand is piled in after Monsoon season.  As best as I can tell, it likes a medium size swell with a big period - something like 2.5 ft. at 18 sec.  This day was 3 @ 12.

You have to enjoy bendy, mutant, refracting waves to appreciate this place.  Even then it will be a love/hate sort of thing.  The peak moves around like a whack-a-mole and there's always a rip running along the rocks which makes it impossible to stay in one place.  It's the sort of break where you see a lot of good ones and catch a few. 

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