On any journey, I always search for a place to surf. As I mentioned in last week’s Beach Thursday post, when I hear “beach,” I think ‘surf’ or ‘ocean.’ And when traveling to Asia, I knew about the beaches, but I didn’t know about the surf outside of Indonesia. I researched and discovered a beach on the island of Phuket, Thailand. I discovered Kata Beach.
I started surfing in the summer of 1998, but I still consider myself a novice. Sure, when I surfed every day in Costa Rica in 2004, (and was totally Pura Vida!) I carved and cut across the face of waves on a 6’8” in head high conditions. But since then, I practice less, recover from parties a bit slower, and prefer a casual fun board / long board in less than ‘epic’ conditions. Kata Beach answered my call.
I rented a board on the beach, and started to head towards the water. A hot summer day and after a just one beautiful ride – a beautiful day. It only takes one to make you smile and reaffirm your decision to paddle past any break. Plus, after this one, hey, I surfed Asia. I’ll admit it, I enjoy the accomplishment on my CV of surf.
Yes, there are certainly many reasons to smile in Thailand, but surfing proved to be one of my favorites. I still recall the sunset and Singha beer (so special it was the first ever Sunset Sunday) as part of the post wave party. Good times.
Stay Advenutorus, Craig