If you happen to visit any of the beaches or islands in Thailand then you won’t have to look very far before you see an array of different water sports available for you to participate in. Some of the most popular water sports in Thailand are snorkelling, kayaking and scuba diving.
Over recent years Thailand’s growing reputation for scuba diving has led many people to consider many of the country’s dive sites to be amongst some best in the world. Thailand clear, warm waters also make excellent conditions for snorkelling and swimming.
However, one water sport that has become very popular in Thailand in recent years is windsurfing, with Koh Samui offering near perfect conditions for the sport and throughout the island there are plenty of places where you can give windsurfing a try.
Koh Samui Windsurfing
Windsurfing has quickly become one of the most popular water sports in Thailand and throughout Koh Samui there are a number of different places where the sport can be practiced. Some of Samui’s beaches, such as the ones at Bophut and Maenam, offer great conditions all year round for windsurfing.
The beaches on the East Coast, at Chaweng and Lamai, also offer plenty of opportunities for windsurfing, although it tends to be more seasonal in these two particular areas. Due to the risk of this side of the island being exposed to north-westerly monsoons, it is generally ill advised to windsurf off the beaches at Chaweng and Lamai between the months of October to May.
Apart from the possibility of monsoon winds off Samui’s east coast, generally speaking the island is fantastic for windsurfing, with its multitude of clean beaches and clear waters, the majority of which have long stretches that are free from rocks and other hazards.
Also, depending on the time of the day and the season, winds and other weather conditions are usually fairly predictable and for these reasons, windsurfing on Koh Samui is suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced windsurfers.
Another reason why Koh Samui is perfect for windsurfing is that you don’t need to use a wetsuit as the water temperature is often between 26 to 28 degrees Celsius, nearly all year round.
Not only is windsurfing on Koh Samui great fun and often very exhilarating, contrary to popular belief, it can actually be quite easy to learn and get the hang of. A number of the islands larger resorts will offer windsurfing equipment to guests and such are the conditions on Samui that you can just go off and try windsurfing yourself, without any instruction or previous experience.
Having said that, it certainly wouldn’t hurt either having a few lessons or picking up some tips from one of the islands windsurfing schools. Learning by trial and error or trying to pick up windsurfing as you go can be frustrating at times. By learning a few basic techniques and principles, this will help you to raise your awareness of the sport, which will help make your first couple of go’s at windsurfing that much easier.
Once you have all the basics covered and you have a better understanding of windsurfing, you will no doubt want to put your new found skills and knowledge to the test. Whilst you might more than a little eager to head straight out onto the water, always make sure you check local weather forecasts and conditions and if it looks like there is a chance of it turning stormy, then don’t go out to sea.
As mentioned, when windsurfing on Koh Samui, you won’t need to wear a wet suit. However, you should make sure that you wear a life jacket at all times.
You also need to be aware of any unexpected hazards, particularly in crowded stretches of water, such as other windsurfers, swimmers, jet skis and children. This is especially true when you are just starting out with windsurfing as the chances are you will be learning how handle your sail and board in shallow water, relatively close to the shoreline.
It is also advisable to wear protective sun cream at all times due to the strong sun reflecting off the water which is all around you.
Koh Samui Windsuring Courses
Windsurfing lessons and course for beginners on Koh Samui normally start at around 2000 Baht for 2 and half hours. However, there are a large number of different lessons and workshops available for all levels of ability and generally speaking, prices will vary from one windsurfing operator to another. There are also group lessons, workshops or private windsurfing tuition available.
For more information about windsurfing on Koh Samui please visit www.samui-windsurf.com