Keen surfers have been coming to Phuket for years to catch the excellent waves that can be found in this part of Thailand. While many travellers may be put off visiting at this time of year by the heavy rains and storms, for some this is the perfect time to hang 10 and soak up the sun at the same time.
In fact, the rainy season is the ideal time for surfers as the strong winds make for excellent waves. So good are the waves in fact that last month saw the opening of the Quiksilver Thailand Surf Series, which is Thailand’s first international surfing championship.
Chanin Aiyarak is the president of Phuket Boardriders Club. He was proud to welcome guests and the media to the competition, which promises to be a popular event. In a recent interview with the Bangkok Post Mr Chanin said that: “We want to put Phuket on the map. Our aim is not only to attract surfers from all over the world to visit our city; we also hope to keep the Phuket surfing scene up to international standards and, at the same time, promote this activity as a new tourist attraction.”
The second round of the championship will be held in Phuket next month, and promises to be a spectacular event, with entrants from all around the world.