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Kallialay Surf School

Kambai Samy Street, Pondicherry 605006, India
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Great experience, competent instructor

Easy to schedule in surfing lessons. Walked through the logic of surfing with my sons, followed by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gautam T
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Dallas, Texas
Super fun. Super safe. Super patient.

Owned and run by two adorable bear-hugable giants Samai and Juan, who will put up with literally... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tanaznoble
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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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Kambai Samy Street, Pondicherry 605006, India
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Easy to schedule in surfing lessons. Walked through the logic of surfing with my sons, followed by last 30min of actual surfing. Well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Owned and run by two adorable bear-hugable giants Samai and Juan, who will put up with literally anything you throw at them including refusing to stand up on the board (which was just one googly i kept throwing at them...I finally stood.) The team at...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a 3 day course here few days back. Details of the same are below. Location - Surf school is located at Serenity beach, close to Theevu Plage restaurant. You can find boards on the ECR and the beach so can find it easily....More

1  Thank Kunal A
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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Kunal, thank you for your detailed review, we're stoked you had a blast, hope to see you soon! Regards Juan

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best 10 days I have spent in pondicherry. Firstly it was Kallialay surf school which motivated us to come to pondicherry. Me and my friend had beforehand decided to learn surfing , but we weren't sure if we would be standing on our surfboards, riding...More

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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Well done boys, it was great to have you surfing with us, thank you for the review! Regards Juan

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

I had always wanted to try surfing but as a Brit the cold of the Cornish and Welsh coasts never appealed. So glad to have started surfing at Kallialay in Pondicherry. The team are just so brilliant and friendly and instruction is ace. Ended up...More

Thank Luke M
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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Hey Luke, was great to have you surfing with us, good luck with surfing back home! Regards Juan

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Located on beautiful East coast serenity beach pondicherry is a very professional surf school. It was my first time there as well as first ever surf lessons. Instructors are always out there and making you do it that too in a very professional and phased...More

1  Thank Swapnil M
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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Hey Swapnil, we are stoked you had a good experience surfing with us. Looking forward to have you surfing with us again. Juan and the Kass crew

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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

A very friendly coach. Wanted a private lesson but was offered a group lesson. We were 9. Would love to come again. But shall go for private. May be because of my age

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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2017

Hey Pravin, welcome back anytime we're open throughout the year, it was nice to have you surfing with us. See you soon Regards Juan

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Reviewed 4 December 2017

I had done one surf lesson in Hawaii, and it was a lot of fun so I wanted to do more. I discovered Kallialay Surf School online and decided to enroll for their 10 day course. First off, the instructors were all extremely professional, skilled,...More

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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2017

Hey Rishab, thank you so much to take the time to write this super detailed review hoping to see you again this side. All the best your side Regards Juan

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

What a fantastic experience! The instructors are really good and extremely patient. We ended up going for the lessons all four days we were there and would have loved to stay longer. I would highly recommend Kallialay surf school to anyone who would want to...More

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Kallialay s, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Hey Guntash, thank you for the positive feedback, we are glad you had a blast. See you soon Juan

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Reviewed 4 September 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

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Anusha S
3 June 2018|
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Response from Juan R | Property representative |
Hey Anusha, please check out the package page on our website surfschoolindia If you have any other questions you can reach me on +91 9442992874. Have a good evening Regards Juan
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1200 per person for group coaching
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Hey Sam, Please send me a message of confirmation with your dates so I can have your contact number, I book you in for the 20th December, just give me a call 2 days before so I can let you know at what time we'll be having... More
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