surfing/swimming off the ECR

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Hi, I'm considering a move to Chennai in the not-so-distant future. I'm wondering if it's possible to surf off the East Coast Road - from Besant Nagar, Thuruvanmiyur area going south. How about swimming? Is the water clean?

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Generally swimming is not safe off the ECR due to the currents and riptides. However i have heard that there are surfing lessons near Kovalong 30km down the coast. But be careful out there its pretty wild.
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Many people drown every year because they ignore the warnings that the Chennai coast is not safe for swimming.

I have never seen any appreciable amount of surf: it is a steeply shelving coast, waves break very close to the shore, and rollers are not particularly big except in severe weather.
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Surfing in Chennai

I surf near my place in Valmiki, Nagar, but visit Fisherman's Cove (25minutes south on ecr) on the weekends when there is a decent swell. It gets good here every so often....mostly just beachbreak slop. There are about 5 of us who paddle out @ the cove when its breaking. Bring a long board and a fish.....exactly what I did. Sri Lanka is about a 1:20min flight and Hikkaduwa has a very good wave between Nov. and April.
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Surfing in Chennai

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Originally Posted by spiritofthings View Post Hi, I'm considering a move to Chennai in the not-so-distant future. I'm wondering if it's possible to surf off the East Coast Road - from Besant Nagar, Thuruvanmiyur area going south. How about swimming? Is the water clean?

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I am moving to Chennai too, from Sydney, in January. I've done a bit of research- take a look on google at Big Rock surfing india. Its not far south of Chennai. It looks ok. If you're going to be surfing there it looks like there'll be two of us, as when I took a trip there there was no-one out. So we'll have to work out a roster as I hate crowds .
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Originally Posted by chennai_surfer View Post I surf near my place in Valmiki, Nagar,
Seiously? its the same Tiruvanmiyur area where italian resto Bella ciao is there right? Do you get a proper swell there? i thought max wave height in that region was 1 to 1.5 m?
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Surf Schools and Surf boards in Chennai.. we are getting lucky!

Its a glad news that Chennai is waking up to Surfing and water sports. The recent news on the surf compettions and the fishermen learning to surf is making waves. i saw a video on youtube on the same , it was great seeing surfboard whizzing past waves in Chennai! there are few places where you can hire boards along ecr and mahabs. There is a surf school chennai, Bay of Life Surf, that has launched recently along ecr, where they conduct surf lessons and also they have excellent surf boards that can be procured. I personally believe mahabs is good for intermediate level surfing and sometimes you get awesome swell. Kovalam is good for learner's though. I have tried west coast , with better results, wanted to try Agati for surfing too. you can find Bay of Life Surf on facebook i guess for surf lessons and new boards.

Any one tried StandUp Paddling in Chennai here? i am very interested.
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There is a surf school chennai, Bay of Life Surf, that has launched recently along ecr, where they conduct surf lessons and also they have excellent surf boards that can be procured
http://www.facebook.com/bayoflife

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Bay of Life surf school

Bay of Life surf school, is one place to learn surfing in Chennai, and also stand up paddling. have you guys tried it?
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Originally Posted by Showkath View Post Its a glad news that Chennai is waking up to Surfing and water sports. The recent news on the surf compettions and the fishermen learning to surf is making waves. i saw a video on youtube on the same , it was great seeing surfboard whizzing past waves in Chennai! there are few places where you can hire boards along ecr and mahabs. There is a surf school chennai, Bay of Life Surf, that has launched recently along ecr, where they conduct surf lessons and also they have excellent surf boards that can be procured. I personally believe mahabs is good for intermediate level surfing and sometimes you get awesome swell. Kovalam is good for learner's though. I have tried west coast , with better results, wanted to try Agati for surfing too. you can find Bay of Life Surf on facebook i guess for surf lessons and new boards.

Any one tried StandUp Paddling in Chennai here? i am very interested.

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