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Kallialay Surf School

Kambai Samy Street, Pondicherry 605006, India
+91 94429 92874
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Great instructor, fun class and great value for money!

My friend and i were in Pondi for a couple of days and decided to try out surfing, both of us for... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2017
joyce M
Birmingham, United Kingdom
via mobile
Awesome Instructor and great lesson

Without much expectations when we went for surf lessons here, to our surprise the experience was... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2017
Wagisha J
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Juan and Samai Reboul, born in a small village off the coast of Spain, were not introduced to the world of surfing until they moved to Auroville, India in 95, at the ages of 9 and 10. It was here that a group of surfing pioneers allowed them their own boards with which they could plunge into their newfound passion, unaware that this would lead them towards their present situation. As years went by, their enthusiasm for surfing grew and soon they found themselves with a notorious reputation for their loud voices, large fin-like noses and the habit of ditching school to catch some waves. Today, their old teachers still laugh about how, on several occasions, they unsuccessfully attempted to drag the two boys off their boards and into class (the brothers were apparently oblivious to the shouting figures on the beach). Soon Juan and Samai realised that they wanted to make their passion into their profession, at which point they started giving classes to children and teenagers of Auroville and Pondicherry. Any lapses in their teaching abilities were filled when they helped out at their friends' surf school in south-west France. Gathered from their various experiences in the world of surf, Kallialay Surf School (KASS) was created in January 2009 as one of the first surf schools on the south east coast of India. Having surfed these waters for the past 14 years Juan and Samai know all about their surf spot. The peers' sand banks provide waves suitable for both beginners as well as advanced surfers. The brothers' knowledge of English, French, Spanish and Tamil along with professional, imported equipment (foam-boards with rubber fins) gives beginners from all around the world a perfect opportunity to catch their first waves and enjoy it in the heat and bustle of South India.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kambai Samy Street, Pondicherry 605006, India
+91 94429 92874
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Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

My friend and i were in Pondi for a couple of days and decided to try out surfing, both of us for the very first time. We had a two to one private session with Saffia.  It was a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend...More

1  Thank joyce M
Reviewed July 13, 2017

Without much expectations when we went for surf lessons here, to our surprise the experience was way more than we thought to get. Lesson was on point, surfing was fun and even though the beach was difficult, our instructor made sure none of that came...More

Thank Wagisha J
Reviewed July 2, 2017

I took my daughter for beginner surfing lessons and was quite pleased with what she learned and the interfaces provided by the team at Kallialay! The training was top-notch and the interfaces quite precise, once we were able to connect with them. The location is...More

1  Thank naren559
Reviewed May 8, 2017

Legit!! I was looking for a standard learning weekend and the guys made it way cooler than I was expecting. The french-spanish lads running the school are nice guys from Auroville always paying attention to everyone and creating a great atmosphere. The level of teaching...More

Thank Miguel O
Reviewed March 22, 2017

I took a set of 8 lessons with Kallialay surf school, trying to revive a long-delayed ambition to surf. The instructors are really the main event. There are enough of them and of such quality that they can handle a large group with diverse levels...More

Thank RSantos_15
Reviewed March 1, 2017

This place is amazing. I went along for just a single beginner class and kept coming back. The guys are great instructors and are really good at telling you what was wrong when it was but also great at telling you when you did well....More

1  Thank DJDustB
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

Going by the rave reviews here we seem to have had a very different experience with this school. I wouldn't comment about the surfing capabilities of the instructors here but I would certainly like to point out their customer service or rather the lack of...More

Thank Prasanna D
Reviewed January 27, 2017

Took my first surfing lesson at Kallialay in January 2017. Thanks to the super brothers / instructors, I managed to catch some waves and stand up too. I look forward to coming back to Kallialay!

Thank Anjana M
Reviewed November 6, 2016

Great guys and great place! Very professional teachers. The classes price is unbeatable compared to Europe or America. Good place for all levels. The sea was clean and nice water temperature. I really enjoyed the experience of surfing in India! Don't miss if you are...More

1  Thank Happyamish
Reviewed October 29, 2016

My girlfriend and I took a surf lesson from Kallialay Oct 28, 2016. We both can't surf, by the end we were able to catch waves and stand up for multiples of seconds :-). The beach is beautiful, the water warm, and all the instructors...More

Thank Samuel I
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September 27, 2016|
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Response from nyusual | Reviewed this property |
It is the time of Northeast monsoon. Rains occur in spells of about 3 to 4 days duration in TN and Pondy regions. Spells exceeding 4 days are much less (20%). There are at times long spells of dry weather with little or no... More