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Surfing in Chennai

"One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surfboard, and a wave."
- Author Naima Green

Surfing in Chennai

For a commoner, surfing is nothing but a water sport of riding a surfboard toward the shore on the crest of a wave. But for aquatics fanciers, surfing is one of the most electrifying and adrenaline pumping water sports!

Covelong Beach in Chennai
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The southern metropolis of Chennai affords a valuable contribution to the India's tag of 'emerging-international-surfing-destination'. As a matter of fact, Chennai has progressed to a whole new level in terms of water sports, especially surfing!

Surfing - Latest Craze among Chennaites

Surfing in Covelong
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Chennai, one of the most happening urban centers of Tamil Nadu is renowned for its charming beaches and that is not all now! The adventuresome surfing is the latest interest that is followed with amplified zeal, by the Chennaites and visitors alike. Though, many consider surfing is a water sport that is only for adventure enthusiast, well, it may not be necessarily true. All that is needed are training, understanding of waves, balancing skills and of course a surf board!

Tidbits: It is significant to learn to study the sea if one is dreaming to take up surfing professionally

Covelong Surfing
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The 'unpredictability factor' is what drives the people to go gaga over surfing. What is more, many believe that surfing is one of the most unique and effective physical exercises. The sporting activity unleashes a fervor to thrill the surfers that are no way related to anything that is - not challenging; dull and lacking excitement. Also, surfing comes handy that anyone to everyone can surf - to be point-blank, surfing is for all - age is absolutely no bar for surfing. From six to sixty year old, people throng Chennai, just to get the experience of surfing and to master the art.

Surfing in Chennai
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Another reason that surfing is becoming increasingly popular among the people in Chennai is that it requires no special or specific infrastructure. Surfing is all about passion and ready-for-the-thrill attitude, and you are all set and geared up to hit the waters!

Tidbits: Nothing to panic, once you recognize different waves and how each one takes shape

Covelong - Chennai's Surfing Hotspot

Surfing in Chennai

Covelong, fondly called as Kovalam by the Tamil speaking population living all over the world is a miniscule fishing village. Located just 38.0 km (via East Coast Road) from Chennai on the way to Mahabalipuram, Covelong has been the closest surf break to Chennai.

Surfing in Chennai Covelong Beach

Endowed with a natural cove like formation, Covelong is a preschool for surfing newbie and offhand surfboarders. A few meters away is a singular place where waves hit a point of land or rocks jutting out from the coastline, brands it a heaven for professional and experienced surfers alike. As a matter of fact, Covelong is one among the very few places in all of the east coast where surfing fever grips localites and tourists alike.

Go for it - forget the daily blues and enjoy the feel of freedom, out there in the waters!

Surf Schools in Chennai

Bay of Life in Chennai

Bay of Life - Surf and Standup Paddling, located near Taj Vivanta Fisherman's Cove on the East coast road is Tamil Nadu's only licensed surf school and first ever surf school in all of Chennai. Furthermore, Bay of Life is recognized by The Surfing Federation of India (SFI) - the official and national governing body for surfing in India and Surfing and Water Sports Association of Tamil Nadu (SWAT) - the governing body of all surf schools operated in the state.

Surfing in Covelong in Chennai
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Bay of Life employs trainers who are certified in basic life support system by The Academy for Clinical Training (TACT India) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) by The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), USA. Besides, Bay of Life surf school in Chennai has given many famous surfers who are now a member of the national surfing team of India. The school has produced two national surfing aces and one international runner up surfer.

Some of the popular surf lessons offered by the Bay of Life:

Note: All packages includes lessons and board rentals
  • Discover Surf (one off Sessions): Rs.1,500 per session (90 minutes)
First Wave (for beginners):
Course Type: Structured Course: 180 minutes per day
  • 4-Day Course: Rs.7,000
  • 8-Day Course: Rs.13,000
First wave course can be attended continuously or during weekends

For people with own Surf/SUP boards:
  • 4-Day (+1): Rs.5,000   
  • 8-Day (+2): Rs.10,000 
  • Short Wave - Extended Lessons: Rs.1,000 (60 minutes)
Add-ons: Surf vests and shorts
  • Skill Training Lessons: Rs.2,000 per class (120 minutes)
Bay of Life also sponsors training sessions if surfers are competing at any state, national and international level competitions.

Stand up Chennai - Standup Paddling Course
  • Discover Surf (one off Sessions): Rs.2,000 per class (180 minutes)
Board Rental: Rs.500 per class
Total: Rs.2, 500 

First wave Packages:
  • 4-Day Course: Rs.7,000
  • 8-Day Course: Rs.13,000
For people with own Surf/SUP boards:
  • 4-Day (+1): Rs.5,000 (monthly four classes of 180 minutes)
  • 8-Day (+2): Rs.9,000 (monthly eight classes of 180 minutes)
Add-ons: Surf vests and shorts

  • Skill Training Lessons: Rs.2,000 per class (120 minutes)
Location and Contact Details:
Bay of Life
# 14/19, Carmel Nagar, Kovalam, East Coast Road
Landmark: Near Taj Vivanta Fisherman's Cove
Chennai - 603112
Phone Number: +91-9940488880

Covelong Point Surf School

Chennai also houses a social surf school in Covelong namely Covelong Point which is celebrated as the first surfing village in India. The yearly Covelong Point Surfing and Music Festival receive surfers and visitors from all over the world. The festival revolves around five different activities which include surfing, live music, yoga, food and family.

Location: Covelong Point, Kovalam Village, ECR, Chennai

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