Kovalam in India – Kerala is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. When
the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.
Kovalam Beach is probably the best known surf spot in India. Not because it has the best surf but because it has cheap hotels and places to hang out if you are on vacation— and the surf is decent there most of the time.
There are two local surfers there and it is sometimes possible to rent a board but better play it safe and bring your own. The spot is a beachbreak but when it gets around 7 feet it breaksout toward the lighthouse and begins to worklike a point break. Nice lefts at that time. Otherwise inside waves are short hollow lefts and rights — expect to get plenty of sand in your ears. The point is beautifully formed by a millions of years old lava flow that extends into the water. When the rights are working you can expect up to a 400 meter ride [or more], so be prepared for some long walks back to the point.In front of the point there are some good hollow lefts and when it really gets big [and it does] the break starts in the center of the bay and starts to look like some of the spots on the north shore of Hawaii. This spot gets a lot of south wind but when the wind is offshore it produces waves that will make you howl!