Skate’r Thai! Get on board at this weekend’s Surf Skate Jam in Hua Hin

Logger’s Paradise surf instructor Noey Sirima. Photo: Logger’s Paradise / Courtesy
Logger’s Paradise surf instructor Noey Sirima. Photo: Logger’s Paradise / Courtesy

Since the 1920s, Hua Hin’s beaches, old-time charm, and laid-back vibe have attracted folks. What might surprise some is that, in the past four years, surfers have been coming to catch waves at Hua Don Beach next to Khao Takiab Beach.

Skate'r Thai!
Skate’r Thai!

November is here and that means the surfing season is officially underway in Hua Hin. While winter swells on the Andaman side disappear, northeastern monsoon winds create swells on the gulf – where Hua Hin is located – that last November to March. The waves are usually small, which is great for newbs and longboarders but less rad for advanced surfers looking for big waves to shred.

Hua Hin town also has seen the scene grow, and today there are two surf schools. This weekend we’re going all in on the first surfing and skating festival which will be one giant party at the beach and skate park.

The Hua Hin Surf Skate Jam happens Friday and Saturday. The first day takes place at the Hua Hin Skatepark (full disclosure: I’m helping organize things) where there will be surfskate workshops and the team from Preduce Skateboards doing a rad skateboard demo. On Saturday, the party moves to Hua Don Beach, just south of Khao Takiab, for some beach blanket bingo with live music, surf lessons and workshops. It will be a good chance to try out something new in a zero-pressure environment and meet like-minded travelers of the board.

Photo: Hua Hin Skate Park / Courtesy
Photo: Hua Hin Skate Park / Courtesy

Or come down anytime this season to give it a go. Before grabbing your board shorts and sunscreen, keep in mind that it’s good to learn from the pros. There are two surf clubs in Hua Hin: Loggers Paradise and Weekend Surf Club. Both operate on the weekend and offer coaching (for a fee) to anyone keen to learn. Both clubs were founded in 2018. Logger’s Paradise is run by Thai-American Patrick Wong, and Weekend Surf Club is headed by Noppan “Tor” Kaewkanjai.

While both say that Hua Hin is an ideal spot for newb surfers, the waves aren’t that big and you don’t have to paddle out too far from the beach to reach the break, it’s still important to learn the fundamental techniques and understand weather and wave conditions. You can check Logger’s and Weekend Surf for updated surf and weather conditions.

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