Surfing Phuket is best during the Southwest Monsoon from May through October when regionally-generated winds create consistent surf nearly 7 days a week. With a little luck and some good timing, groundswells traveling across the Indian Ocean pass through the Nicobar Channel and enter the Andaman Sea, bringing high-quality surf to the island that on the right day can rival the best surf sites in the world.
Phuket is a cool place to conduct surf tourism research on weekends at various surf beaches around the island! Surf tourism research is a new and dynamic area of research involving the sustainable management of coastal resources, including water quality and biodiversity of marine organisms. Check out this new blog on surf tourism research posted by Study Abroad Journal.
The conservation of surf sites is increasing important – and Phuket is no exception. Brad Farmer, global chair of the non-profit organization National Surfing Reserves (NSR) met with Dr. Steven Martin from Prince of Songkla University to visit and discuss the protecting surf sites in Thailand for future generations – Published in the Phuket Gazette.
Check out these research articles published by the Education Abroad Asia Program Director, Dr. Steven Martin:
- Developing a surf resource sustainability index as a global model for surf beach conservation and tourism research. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 19(7) 760–792.
- Investigating the importance of surf resource sustainability indicators: Stakeholder perspectives for surf tourism planning and development. Tourism Planning and Development, 11(2) 127–148.
- Measuring the conservation aptitude of surf beaches in Phuket, Thailand: An application of the surf resource sustainability index. International Journal of Tourism Research, 17(2) 105–117.