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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. 

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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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