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Even the word surf is apparently derived from the Indian word suffe meaning coastline and there is a massive 7000km (4350mi) of that. While the SW flank of India is undoubtedly the richest in wave resources, just cast an eye up the west coast and many other possibilities exist. The swell is usually from the S to W quadrant, in line with the dominant winds, plus a NW swell can also appear from Arabian Sea disturbances. May to Sept is prime time for swells up to 15ft (5m) that just need a calm wind to organize themselves at one of the 200 rivermouths, countless beaches or man-made jetties that provide some much needed shape to the waves. Low to mid tides are usually better as high tides can create a bad shorepound or just make the waves disappear.© 2014 Low Pressure/Map Resources
Crossing into Kerala sees consistency and size improve plus the appearance of more piers and jetties, which can provide stormy surf protection around Mahe from Thalassery to the big rivermouth at Talakkolattur. Between Mahe and Cherai is fairly straight and un-exciting except around the rivermouths and jetties. Kerala is one of the most surfed areas in the country and could be at the embryonic stage of a blossoming surf culture, since Kerala Tourism commissioned ASR to build a multi-purpose, artificial surf reef at Kovalam, Kerala. Upon completion in early 2010, this video footage of the new 'Kovalam reef' shows an organised, peeling lip line and a top to bottom power not usually associated with this coastline.© 2014 ASRltd.com
Way up north in Orissa State, the S groundswell train starts to run out of steam, while the windswell from the SW has more fetch, creating short period, chopped up swells that add to the mix. Wind is reliably cross-shore, but gone are the headlands of Visag, replaced by endless straight beachbreaks. Puri is the known surf spot as well as being a pilgrimage site for the tallest temple in India, Jagannatha. Shorebreak when it is small turns to consistent lines of whitewash as size increases, making the paddle to the outside peaks a real chore, compounded by the longshore drift.© 2014 FuelTV
Although they are a territory of India, The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a long way from home, acting as the dividing line between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Of the 550 islands, only a handful of them have been surfed and there is undoubtedly more spots to be discovered, especially in the north of the chain where swell regularity is much lower. Plenty of problems revolve around access, which is heavily restricted to most indigenous tribal regions.© 2014 John Callahan - tropicalpix.com
Two separate systems gift glorious barrels to surfers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jamie O'Brien takes Poopies and Kalani Chapman to Jaws, but this is not your ordinary Jaws mission. JOB and the boys rent Catch Surf soft-top boards and this happens...
Gabriel Medina won, Stephanie Gilmore won. They both won on the same day.
Entry to The Winter Session has closed for this season. The task remains of picking a pair of winners for February, then sorting through all the edits in search of an overall victor.