Travel to Pondy and Learn Surfing in 10 Days
Riding the waves is a pleasure and training is a must. Read on about Kallialay, The surfing school in Pondicherry aka Puducherry.
Juan and Samai Reboul, born in a small village off the coast of Spain, were not introduced to the world of surfing until they moved to Auroville, India in 95, at the ages of 9 and 10. It was here that a group of surfing pioneers allowed them their own boards with which they could plunge into their newfound passion, unaware that this would lead them towards their present situation. As years went by, their enthusiasm for surfing grew and soon they found themselves with a notorious reputation for their loud voices, large fin-like noses and the habit of ditching school to catch some waves. Today, their old teachers still laugh about how, on several occasions, they unsuccessfully attempted to drag the two boys off their boards and into class (the brothers were apparently oblivious to the shouting figures on the beach).
Soon Juan and Samai realised that they wanted to make their passion into their profession, at which point they started giving classes to children and teenagers of Auroville and Pondicherry. Any lapses in their teaching abilities were filled when they helped out at their friends’ surf school in south-west France.
Having surfed these waters for the past 14 years Juan and Samai know all about their surf spot. The peers’ sand banks provide waves suitable for both beginners as well as advanced surfers. The brothers’ knowledge of English, French, Spanish and Tamil along with professional, imported equipment (foam-boards with rubber fins) gives beginners from all around the world a perfect opportunity to catch their first waves and enjoy it in the heat and bustle of South India.
Know to Swim well obviously. There is no way around it. Fitness is another aspect. The fitter you are, the faster you pick up.
Spot is located in a small fisher village called Tandryankupam proves to be ideal due to the two rock peers built as protection by the Indian government after the tsunami (2006). These rock peers provide big sand banks where the waves break. This creates foam, mellow and powerful waves ideal for all types of surfers – beginners, intermediate and experts to learn and enjoy surfing . This is behind the origin of the name of the surf school. In Tamil (the local language), kallu means rock and alay means wave, thus forming Kallialay.
1.30 hours out of which 20 mins talk on security, respecting each other and the sea.
A single session is priced at Rs.700. 5 lessons for Rs.3300. 10 day course for Rs.5600. You can also rent surfboards here.
Instructor Student Ratio 1/4
Things to Carry
Carry swimsuits, towels and sunscreen. School provides surfboard and rashvest.
If you are planning a surfing holiday call 5 days in advance to know about the weather conditions.
Best beginner months Feb – Jun
Best advanced months Jun – Jan
Juan and Samai at 94429 92874 / 97893 06376
Posted on December 9, 2011, in Adventure, Attractions, Entertainment, Hobby and tagged adventure, auroville, chennai, fun holiday, India, learn surfing, pondicherry, puducherry, South India, surf. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.