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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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By andrew burns
pumps - i surfed this break back in 1998 and scored it pumping like hossegor france or wainui gisborne new zealand. heavy hollow barrels
good surf this time - come to kovalam now all of you surfers . this is the best time to surf here. last week it has been great
By glad to be home in lanza
Jan and Feb lighthouse beach - I just spent 4 weeks at lighthouse beach and cansay that Jan And Feb waves suck. They do come upand some days are a solid 6ft but they are impossibleto catch except for the 2 seconds before they closeout which they do with a powerful crash..a good board breaker.There is a little indian local who got shortrides and a little korean who managed but for all thier effort the best they got was about 2 or 3 seconds.The break is only 20- 30ft from the shore and shallowso you get well pummeled.I can imagine other times of the year in monsoon itslarge and more interesting breaking further out but if itsless than 6 ft its not giong to be worth it breaking far to close in.Also the rips are very strong and appear in seconds.Onemorning alone I watched the life guards pullnear drowned swimmers from the water on 3 seperate occasions.loads drown every year I was told..There are 4 beat up short boards 1 minimal and 1 mal forhire but at 50 rupiees an hour or 300 r for the dayyou will get more fun outof the boady boards on hire.
Kovalam Beach - I surfed Kovalam im October.It was hard to find a good wave, it often closes out. In the days I was there an fisherman died so watch the current.There are also some boards to rent. A Malibu and some shorts.
Surfing - I have surfed in Durban before, now going to Kovalam, would love to surf, anybody know of any places I can get a board? email@example.com!
kovalam surf? - gonna be in this area of india with two friends from april-june. whats surf gonna be like? anywhere cheap to stay locally?
kerala - hey im going to be in cochin, keralaa for the first 2 weeks in december. the second week were going to find a beach to just chill on and would love to know if there is any way of getting a board out there. lighthouse beach looks sweet..ne1 going to be around??
fun! - that left near the lighthouse looks fun i reckon
Jon in Bangalore - Hi, I've been living in Bangalore for 6 months. I've got 3 boards with me, not yet had a chance to surf in India, if anyone fancies a surf trip from Bangalore somewhere either Kerala or Pondi let me know, I'm dying to get my feet wet after 2 fantastic weeks in Bali...
Kovalam - I'd be careful about going going out pre-monsoon - I was there in June and although the weather was perfect and unusual for that time of year (sunny) I wouldn't have gone out...no chance..
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