Go Surfing Through Your Next Goa Trip At These Surf Schools

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Goa is perfect for surfing beginners, mainly for its abundant surfing schools, and mellow swells for getting comfortable with the waves. Here are the surfing schools I recommend to anyone visiting Goa.

Surfing season is from October till April and shuts down for the rest of the year n Goa.

Vaayu Waterman’s Village

Overlooking the Aswem beach, Vaayu Waterman’s village is a resort that has a dedicated sports centre perfect for surfers to hit the waves. Otherwise famously known as Goa’s only surf shop, Vaayu offers a range of water adventure sports like surfing, stand-up paddling, wakeboarding, and cruises which I also highly recommend.

Need To Know: Vaayu is a wholesome holiday place with a guest house, café and even an art gallery. In the surf season, the swell can go as high up as two feet, and is ideal for beginners. Vaayu has accredited surfers whom I’ve seen training beginners very well. You can also rent surfboards by the hour.

Season: October to May

Price: INR 2,700 upwards

Banana Surf School

Located on the pristine Aswem beach, Banana Surf School is another favourite surfing spot, just a couple of miles from the famous Morjim beach. The surf school is in the popular Shanti Beach club, and has an elaborate sea view and a restaurant I’ve often eaten at, amongst other things.

Need To Know: The instructors are professional accredited surfers from Bali, and are very good at guiding the beginners I have introduced to them through the surfing process. They have individual and group lessons available. 

Season: October to March

Price: INR 3,500 upwards per hour

Surf Wala

One of the most popular go-to surfing spots in Goa, Surf Wala is located on the Arambol beach in North Goa. Based out of the Surf Club, Surf Wala has many international surfers working for them available for training beginners. They train in a small lagoon on Aswem beach and cover all aspects of surfing, from theory to practical training.

Need To Know: The instructors are easy to interact with and speak a myriad of languages from Russian, to Konkani. November onwards they get really busy, so I like to make sure that my friends’ classes are booked in advance. I can also rent the surfing equipment, gear and clothes from Surf Wala. Heads up, prices may go really high up during the surfing season.

Season: October to March

Prices: Board rental INR 500, Classes: 2 hours lesson INR 2,500

Aloha Surf School

Pioneered by veteran surfer and ISA-certified Velumurgan, fondly called Velu, Aloha surf school is the latest entrant to the Goa surf scene. It’s on the beautiful Agonda beach, and I find it easy to miss, so look for a yellow graffiti of a langur surfing. You can customise your surf lessons based on expertise, and progression. 

Need To Know: Velu personally teaches surfing lessons. All of the surfboards are supplied to Aloha by Temple surfboards, India’s handmade surfboard company based out of Mahabalipuram. Surfers can rent the surfing gear, boards from Aloha starting INR 300 per hour.  

Season: October to May

Price: INR 2,500 upwards for an individual lesson per hour

Goa Surf School

This surf school is on Arambol beach and provides surf lessons for kids and adults (group and individual). Group lessons cost INR 1,900 per head. They really believe that age is no bar, and have packages ranging from hourly, to a week-long course if you're serious. Surfboard rentals, kayaking and stand-up paddleboard lessons are available too. Also, if you want a photo-op of you riding the wave, they'll be happy to set up a shoot for you at an extra cost. 

Need To Know: You will need to get in touch with them to know the exact specifications and availability of slots via email, call, or social media. 

Season: October to May

Price: INR 2,500 and upwards for individual lessons. 

With inputs from Ahalya Acharya


I am a passionate photographer, an intrepid traveler and hold the distinction of being India's only surf photographer. Currently, acting as Vice-President of Surfing Federation of India. At free times, I indulge in studying philosophy, cooking, gardening and few of my other interests include motorbikes, gadgets, movies and music.