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.
Kovalam often shines best when conditions deteriorate. The cross-swell and onshores that ruin everywhere else tend to do it well here. One more week or so until Monsoon. Then, it will pretty much be over until late August.
Sometimes surfing is just too easy.If you find that to be the case, just add a heinous
rip current, an ankle-deep end section, and some fishing nets.Then, your head high peaks will offer all the
challenge you need.
They say there's nothing more crushing to your surfing self image than watching yourself on video. I agree but would add that watching yourself on video the week you've been watching the Quik Pro is even worse. It's a good thing the purpose of this blog is to showcase Kerala waves and not an overweight 40-year-old's surfing skills...or lack thereof.
We had a fun crew for these 2 days. It would be difficult to find a more even distribution of our planet in 5 random people - America, India, Japan, France, and South Africa (behind the camera).
I guess the video was too much to load even on the lowest quality, so I divided it in two. It still wouldn't upload, so I thirded it. Good enough.
These are the first 3 people to surf this place. It doesn't take too much swell to turn on, but January was dismal. Finally the #s were right and we took a chance and made the drive. It was worth it. You won't find this on Google Maps. It's newer than their latest photo of the region.