The last few days have been great for surfing and SUP here on Koh Lanta. The wind has been relatively calm and there have been consistent waist to shoulder high sets of clean and glassy waves. The only issue is that there has not been anyone else in the water. It is not that I like crowded conditions mind you, but, having someone else in the water to appreciate the amazing conditions and share the experience is a good thing.
Most people do not associate Thailand with surfing, and those that do usually visit Phuket. I would reccommend to the adventurous to visit Koh Lanta during the summer monsoon months for some fun, uncrowded / nonexistent crowd surf or SUP. There are several beaches on the west coast of Koh Lanta which are prime for surfing and a couple of secret spots north of Koh Lanta which promise even greater rewards.
Come on over to visit us here in Koh Lanta. There is plenty of fun for both the family travelers and the single travelers on the island. We cannot let too many more of these great waves go unsurfed. I will have someone to help document these claims I am making soon so keep posted for photos and video of SUP and surfing on Koh Lanta.
We decided to take a road trip from Koh Lanta and go visit our family in Buriram and take along some stand up paddleboards for fun. Buriram is in central Thailand and is primarily a rice growing region. This is the first time anyone from Buriram has ever seen stand up paddleboarding as they are only used to seeing water buffalo in the lakes and ponds. We bought a Handirack inflatable roof rack for the paddleboard and took off. The Handirack worked great and we made it the whole trip, over 1000 kilometers, without any trouble.
I found a local reservoir near the village where we stayed and was able to paddle around and also teach some of my Thai cousins how to SUP. The kids loved it and the Thai rice farmers from the fields surrounding the reservoir all came to take a look. We used the Starboard Whopper to teach the cousins to SUP and they all did great, the Whopper is a winner for instruction. All in all, it was a great success introducing SUP to the Issan region of Thailand and maybe someday one of these kids who tried it out will become a paddle champion.
See some of the action in the photos below.
Start of the Road Trip
First SUP Lesson in Buriram
Buriram Small Pond SUP
Watch out for this Dude
Buriram Rice Paddies
SUP in Buriram Rice Fields
This is what a mad Water Buffalo looks like!
Starboard is Everywhere...Tiki Power
We here at Lanta Paddlesports have spent the past year testing many different types of Stand Up Paddleboards in order to provide you the very best SUP experience while you are visiting Koh Lanta. After surfing and paddling SUP boards from many of the top manufacturers, we decided that the SUP boards made by Starboard provide the best selection of boards for the beginner to the advanced. The SUP boards made by Starboard are of the highest quality and use the most cutting edge technology and design and will ensure you have a great experience on our new Koh Lanta Adventure Tours.
We have teamed up with Amara Watersports in Pattaya and will be an authorized Starboard Dealer for them if you absolutely must buy a board after trying the sport of SUP. Amara Watersports is the leader in Thailand for SUP and windsurfing and are located in Jomtien beach. We highly reccommend you pay them a visit if you are in the Bangkok / Pattaya area.
We look forward to meeting this upcoming season and promise to provide you a fantastic SUP experience.