SURF WALA
AND THE
SURF IN GOA

ABOUT SURF WALA

Surf Wala is a group of international surfers who came together to promote surfing in Goa by opening a surf school in north Goa in 2011. We have been working since to teach and train those who want to learn to surf and to provide the surfboards and surfing equipment necessary to people want to surf in Goa.

ABOUT GOA

Surfing in Goa is seasonal with perfect conditions for beginner surfers from October till March. With in those six months are plenty of days when the waves are fun and even challenging for intermediate surfers as well.

OUR SURF LESSONS

You have several options for learning to surf with us.

There are group lessons that you can join with no more than 4 students per instructor, or if you are a non swimmer or would like some special attention you can choose a private lesson.

The lessons last for an hour and a half and there are two surf sessions a day, both of them in the morning. The first is at 8:30am the second is at 10:30am.

We teach in English but also have Russian speaking instructors.

Surfer chilling with his surf board in our beautiful garden at the Surf Wala guest house hotel

Accommodation

Cosy cottages in a glorious garden a few steps from the surf.

A double bed room with all the things you need, plugs by the bed. wifi. warm water shower etc

The surf club and its great hang out spot with good food and the best pool table in Goa

The Surf Club

Next door to us is the legendary Surf Club est 2003

With a multi-culture cuisine restaurant and bar, live music stage and the best pool table in North Goa

An example of the good food and drinks available nearby at Arambol beach

Food, Drinks and Parties

Arambol is home to many restaurants, coffee shops and bars. You’ll get a list of our favorites, along with info on the parties and gigs going on in the area

Girl having fun on the beach on an ocean tour activity in a rent kayak at Arambol Goa

Activities

When you aren’t surfing there are many other things to learn or try. From juggling to painting, yoga to kickboxing, it’s all happening nearby

OUR PRICES

1 DAY COURSE

’THE TEASER’

Experience what surfing is all about with a  90 minute lesson

Rs. 3000

3 DAY COURSE

‘TAKE THE PLUNGE’

All the basics of surfing packed into 3 fun lessons.

Rs. 8000

5 DAY COURSE

‘FULLY IMMERSE YOURSELF’

5 lessons designed to get you out surfing on your own

Rs. 12000

KIDS LESSONS AND PRIVATE LESSONS

Kids lessons for those under the age of 15. Private lessons for non swimmers or for advance learning

Kids Rs. 2000

Private Rs. 4000

SURF CAMPS AND LARGE GROUP LESSONS

For those who would like to stay and surf with us or for booking group lessons

ACTION SURF PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Professional photos and video of your surf lessons and sessions

Rs. 1500

EQUIPMENT RENTALS

We have a bunch of surfboards for rent. Longboards, short boards, softtop surf boards, minimals, bodyboards and fins. We’ve got a board for every occasion.
Board rentals cost Rs. 500 per hour or Rs. 1,500 per day or you can contact us if you’d like a deal on a long term rental.

FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENTS

Surf Wala were AMAZING! I was sad to discover them on my last couple of days otherwise I would have spent my whole trip bimbling around there. I had a lesson with Webby who was brilliant, such a good teacher and had such a good laugh with him too. Really good value for money and the base is really nice. I would 100% recommend them 🌊🏄🏼‍♀️🌅 can’t wait to come back when I’m next in India!

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SURF WALA SUGGESTS

Surf Spots n Shops

Aloha Surf School @ Agonda, Goa
Soul and Surf @ Varkala, Kerala
Kallialay @ Serenity Beach, Pondicherry
Ocean Delight Surf School @ Kovalam, TamilNadu

Eat Drink and Party

Quality cuisine in a quite garden @ Ice n Spice, Arambol
Great coffee @ Garden of dreams, Arambol
Kind and caring service @ Kiss Kiss beach cafe, Mandrem Beach
Super food with a sunset view @ Aether and Echo, Arambol Beach
Burger Heaven @ The Burger Factory, Morjim
The Best Beer in Goa @ Arbor Beer Garden, Saligao
Saturday Night Cocktails and fun @ Wigwam, Mandrem
Funky Night Tuesday @ Rockwater, Morjim

Amazing Accommodation

Happy Hostel, Happy People @ Happy Panda, Arambol
Luxury Rooms with Lovely Views @ Daily Grind, Arambol
Tipi’s and Comfort @ Wigwam, Mandrem

Good People doing Good Things

A school for under-privileged kids @ Starting Point Goa, Sangolda
A Fashion Brand Supporting Young Sports-people @ Haul Apparel
A Surf School for a Better Future @ Kovalam Surf Club, Kerala
A volunteer project to care for the beach dogs @ I Love Goa Dogs, Arambol

WRITE US

To book with us or to ask a question, write us on the form below or give us a call on +91-9011-993-147.

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Where to find us:

SURF WALA Next to Surf Club Arambol, Goa, 403527, India Or click here for detailed directions.

Surf Wala was founded in 2011 with the goal of bringing surfing to Goa. At the time there were no surf schools and no surf board rentals in Goa. By starting to teach surfing and bring in surfing equipment Surf Wala kicked off the surf scene in Goa, which now has 7 surf schools certified by the International Surfing Association and countless board rental stalls.

Our aim is to continue to provide a high quality surfing experience to the people of Goa and to the tourists who visit the state. We select our instructors for their skill in passing on their love and knowledge of surfing to the students but also their ability to protect and care for the lives of those they are teaching and those around them in the sea.

Goa presents a wonderful opportunity to those wishing to learn to surf. The waves are beginner friendly almost every day of the season from October until March and there is always something happening nearby to keep you occupied in your non surfing hours. From world class restaurants of every cuisine imaginable to Indias finest party scene and accommodation options to suit every budget, Goa is a great destination for every type of holiday and now it has surfing.

But the surf in Goa is not just for beginners.With 99 miles of coastline there are loads of beach breaks and some hidden points just waiting to be surfed. Even out front of Surf Wala you can find your self with perfect little 2-4ft peelers all to your self (if you get up on time).

For years it was a real challenge to find a surf board in Goa but times have changed and there are a few options now.

For new boards and all sorts of sports equipment, Decathlon.in provide a cheap and quick solution, and they will deliver almost anywhere in the country.

If you'd like to get in touch with a board shaper you can contact Indy Boards, Velu's Boards and Erni's to get your very own board hand shaped in India.

Second hand boards are out there but they aren't that easy to come by.

Bringing a surfboard into India is not that tough either. Domestic airlines charge a very reasonable fee and will take pretty good care of them. Traveling by train is possible with a short to mid length board, tho we have managed to get a few 9ft+ boards on board too.

Taxi drivers are usually quite happy to have a surf board tied to the top of their vehicles but you might need to be a bit more persuasive to get the same response from a tuktuk driver.

The 1 DAY COURSE is a 90 minute lesson, with the first 20 minuets or so on the land, and the rest of the time in the water.

You will learn:

  • * How to hold and control your board along with the names of the different parts of the board and what they are for.
  • * How to enter the surf zone, lay down on the board and paddle thru the water safely.
  • * How to ride a wave with your surf board and what to do when it reaches the shore.
  • * How to get from laying down to standing up while riding the wave, and how to fall off with style.
  • * Loads of tips on how stay standing while riding a wave.

We will practice the above on the beach and once the technique is learned we’ll go into the water to do it for real.

You will also learn the basics of ocean safety. We’ll point out any hazards and teach you how to avoid them along with our emergency signals and how to respond.

By the end of this lesson you'll have ridden a bunch of waves and will have a good idea of what surfing is all about.

This is a good option for those wanting to give surfing a try or to check it off their "bucket list".

The 3 DAY COURSE consists of 4½ hours spread over 3 days and there is a lot to learn. Below is a list of the things we will teach you, but we may change things around to better suit the needs of the group, or because of weather conditions.

By the end of this course this is what you’ll have learned:

  • * How to hold and control your board along with the names of the different parts of the board, different types of boards and what they are for.
  • * How to safely enter the surf zone, paddle thru the waves and to know where to wait.
  • * To sit up on your board and select waves to catch.
  • * Paddle for and catch different kinds of waves.
  • * The different ways to stand up on the board while riding down a wave, and how to fall off with style.
  • * How to stay standing while riding a wave for as long as possible.
  • * To look for and recognize the potential dangers, (like the dreaded rip currents), how to avoid them or what to do if caught by them, and how to help others in danger.

With 7½ hours in 5 DAYS this COURSE covers everything in the 3 DAY Course and some extras to help improve your wave catching and riding skills

We will teach you over the 5 days to:

  • * Hold and control your board and learn the names of the different parts of the board, different types of boards and what they are for.
  • * Safely enter the surf zone, paddle thru the waves and to know where to wait.
  • * Sit on your board and select waves to catch.
  • * Paddle for and catch different kinds of waves.
  • * The different ways to get standing up on the board, and how to fall off with style.
  • * How to stay standing while riding a wave for as long as possible.
  • * To look for and recognize the potential dangers, (like the dreaded rip currents), how to avoid them or what to do if caught by them, and how to help others in danger.
  • * Start turning on the wave
  • * Ride up and down the ‘wall’ of the wave
  • * Recognize different parts of the wave and how to use them
  • * How to chose a surf board right for you and for your waves

By the end of the 5 days you’ll have the knowledge you need to start practicing on your own.

Our Kids Surf Lessons are structured a bit differently than the surf lessons for adults. Kids tend to learn better in shorter sessions so the kids surf lesson is 60 minutes long and is usually kept to two or three kids per instructor.

We have found over the years that the best way to teach children to surf is to keep it fun, so we don’t always start them off on surf boards as it can be a bit intimidating, we might start with body-boards, which are smaller and easier to handle in the surf, or in cases where the kids aren’t used to the sea, we may start by learning to safely dive in and out of the waves without a board. We want your kids to leave with a feeling of confidence in their new found skill as well as the excitement that comes from ridding a wave. It’s best to book these lessons one by one so you can see how your child is responding to the lessons and environment.


Private Surf Lessons are focused on giving the student the full attention of the instructor. This option is perfect for those who want to work on a specific aspect of their surfing or fitness. It is also the option available to Non Swimmers. Those of us who aren’t able to swim, who may have a fear of the water or are worried about being out of our depths, need to have an instructor with them all the time and that’s not always possible in a group surf lesson. The lesson lasts 90 minutes and we will start by understanding together what our level of confidence is and what we need to work on. Our aim is to get you riding waves, but we will first make sure that you are comfortable enough in the sea. Booking these lessons one at a time is the best way to understand whether to continue with private lessons or move on to a group lesson.

Whether you are traveling alone or with a group, our Surf Camp is a good option for booking your surfing and Goa experience all at once. We can arrange your accommodation, transport, surf lessons, yoga classes, breakfast and a host of other activities and attractions to keep you entertained in your non surfing hours. Get in touch to let us know what you’d like and we’ll work with you to design the perfect surf get away. Just book your flights and we'll do the rest.

For Large Group Surf Lessons we offer the option to customize the lessons and schedule to better suit the needs of the group, we also offer a group discount so get in touch to let us know what you need.

They say “if you didn’t get the photo, it didn’t really happen”. While we don’t all agree with that, we all appreciate it when someone captures the moment for us. We now offer high quality, professionally shot photos and video that are edited by our photography team and then digitally sent to you. A picture is worth a thousand words and surfing is an experience that you may need some help in describing to the rest of the world.

Getting here is a bit tricky but there is a “SURF WALA” sign pointing the way on the Arambol - Mandrem road.

Once you’ve turned off the ‘main road’ and down you will need to take a sharp left, then carry on till you cross a little bridge.

There the road splits right and left and you need to take the unpaved road to the right and follow the signs to “Surf Wala” . The road winds around and finally gets kinda small so those of you with 4 wheelers will need to walk the rest of the way but bikes (and really small cars) can continue into the Surf Club parking lot.

Walk thru the Surf Club (give a smile and a wave to the people and staff at the bar for extra points) turn right towards the restaurant but keep walking thru into Surf Wala.

You can also walk down the beach from either main Arambol (15 mins) or Mandrem (10 mins) just keep an eye out for a yellow surf board/sign saying SURF WALA. We are up that path behind the sand dune