Surf's up in Kata
Billy & Akaisha Kaderli
not our first time.
We have been to Kata Beach at the southern tip of
Phuket Island numerous times, but each
only 5, 7, or 10 days long. This time we stayed a month. Thirty full days of
body surfing, lounging on the beach and eating fresh seafood.
Plates full of
We've seen the beach and the sea before.
Two decades of living in
California, we worked
long hours and often did not have the time to visit the yacht harbor or
neighboring coves. Besides the water in Central California was far too cold
for us to enjoy swimming there. In fact,Santa
Cruz is known for its Cold
Water Classic Surf Challenges that are held there yearly.
So being able to enjoy
a month at a warm water location in the height of the wave season was
priceless. As you check out the following photos, we're sure you'll agree.
spreads quickly through the surfers' leash lines that the waves are breaking at Kata.
Boarders come from
New Zealand, Japan, Korea, the
USA, and of course
Thailand, to be
challenged by the big waves. During rainy season when a storm is off the
coast in the Andaman Sea the swells start building which create the perfect
waves they all crave.
Board Bunnies with their
Honeys get their leashes strapped on and are ready to go
Smiling ear to ear, these surfers are
excited to get out in the water.
These are small waves but fun
Wave after wave rolls in and the pounding
of the surf is an emphatic reminder to go with the power, not fight against
Never too old to surf!
All ages are mesmerized
by the stunning
weather and warm water.
Boogie Boarders join in as well
Not everyone surfs. Boogie Boarders have
the time of their live riding waves too.
Everyone is a ham!
The weather, waves and water generate
smiles and animation from everyone!
It's so fun to watch people having fun!
Some are concentrated and focused
Bodies become lean and muscled with the
exercise in the water.
Plenty of room to share
There seems to be plenty of room for
several surfers at once, riding the same wave. Perfect weather.
The good lesson of practicing balance so
it becomes second nature
This young woman is getting the hang of
it easily, learning her balance while in movement.
Billy in his element!
Both body surfing and
boogie boarding, it's hard for Billy not to jump in on the fun!
Swimmer, diver, snorkler, water skier,
sailor, Billy loves the water!
It's great to have a friend teach
you the ropes. What fun.
Surf Shop beauties renting out the
You can rent boards of different sizes
and shapes here at this Surf Shop. Instructors are available also.
A young surfer in his Billabong shorts
Baby Boarders get a jump on the skill
early in life.
Sea and sun make for aquamarine fun!
The beautiful waters aren't too crowded
and it makes for an easy afternoon of water sport.
In after an excellent
wave, Akaisha has the time of her life!
This was my first time boogie boarding.
Billy has taught me many things, including snow skiing, and I'm more of a
land-lover myself... But he promised I'd love to boogie board -- AND I DID.
This was such a GREAT time!
We'd never seen a designer floral board
This lady has style when she
surfs. A pink floral board just her size!
Resting in between sets
These guys are just resting in between
sets, getting some color.
The rainy season brings in all the
surfers from around the area. These guys are probably from Australia.
Beach Babe with her board
This lovely is strapped up and ready to put on a sun hat.
After a few good runs
After hours and hours in the sun, it's
time to take a break in the shade.
Beach gear and babes. Sun and sea.
A little slice of heaven.
What could possibly be missing here?
Friendly surfer hello
Day after day we watched people come from
all over the Pacific Rim to surf here at this friendly beach. Even if a
squall came in, surfers were happy because the waves were up.
It was an exciting, fun-loving time.
A little Hawaii-50 music in the
background is all that is missing...
Can't you just hear that music? It puts
you in the mood, eh?
Couples that surf together have lots to
These guys are taking a surfing vacation
together. What memories to have forever, and what a great hobby to share
Taking a rest and can't wait to get back
out there again!
It's late afternoon and still this girl
wants more! No one wants to stop surfing, it's just too enjoyable!
Perfect pose for our
This girl has been
photographed before. We caught her as she was walking past, and asked to take
her photo. SURE!
She stopped, dug her board
into the sand and then posed.
Boy in blue
Lots of couples take surfing holidays
during this time. Notice the storms building up behind them. No worries,
though, because these create the waves of the season!
A day well done, and more waves tomorrow!
I believe that if these surfers could do
so at night, they'd still be out there on the waves!
They never want to stop.
The last Shaka hand gesture of the day
Yowza! And what could be a more perfect
ending to perfect days? Believe me, they'll be hitting the waves again
tomorrow, bright and early!