Surf’s Up in the Land of Smiles – Thailand

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.

that's me on the wave....

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.

surf's up in the land of smiles...

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

This is post 5 of 13 in the Winter Series – Beach Thursday, a Special Series on Stay Adventurous.

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  • Maryann

    Looks like a great place to surf; beautiful ocean and beach. Also a interesting part of the world. Would love to go there and just sit on the beach, watch the surfer and enjoy the day.

    • craig zabransky

      Great plan… hope you do make it happen one day… Stay Following Your Dreams, Craig

  • Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    Sweet! I’m glad you were blessed with some waves at Kata beach too! We were so stoked on this place. We were graced with chest to head high waves for 3 days in a row while were were there. I like that you search for waves everywhere you go too. 😉

    • craig zabransky

      Absolutely, sometimes you find waves, other times , you don’t… but you always find a great time…. stay special, Craig

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