Surfing is an activity that most of us have seen in cartoons and movies. But surfing in India always felt like it was out of reach. Most of us don’t know anything about the adventure sport and we absolutely had no idea behind the costs involved with it.
But it turns out, you can take surfing lessons right here in Mumbai! The Mumbai Surf Club is a Shack located at Rajodi beach in Virar. You can take up surf lessons here and not worry about it being too heavy on your pocket.
There are a few key things you need to know while taking up surfing. Firstly, you need to know that this is an adventure sport and won’t be easy. You need to have the patience for the training and it can take you up to three sessions to properly surf.
Second, you need to be open to knowledge about surfboards, tides and surfing techniques. The course is pretty intensive and is almost a full body exercise.
And third, you need to know how to swim. You are going to be in the open sea and the water in Mumbai is not really the cleanest. You need to be comfortable with the brownish saltwater that you are going to surf on.
After we reached the shack, we changed our outfits and hit the beach while carrying our surfboards. Once we were at the beach, we had a basic training that teaches you how to hop on the board. And then we hit the waves where we learned how to paddle, cross small waves and eventually catch a wave and surf!
The 90-minute session was quite exhausting but the overwhelming feeling of riding a wave made it totally worth it. We then tried a refreshing Kokum drink, pancakes and sausages at the shack. The shack has a simple menu that serves comfort food.
The Shack has a variety of surfboards which you will gradually learn to ride as you keep training. The shack also has a few skateboards which you can ride on the beachside road.
Rajodi Beaches is one of the best beaches in Mumbai and has a long flatbed with no sudden drops in the sea bed. The beach is really clean and since its pretty secluded, you won’t find a lot of crowds here. The sessions start at Rs.1000 so spending a weekend here won’t be heavy on the pocket.
If early morning travel is not something you can manage, you can arrive a night before and camp at the shack. Camping packages start at Rs.1500 per person and include evening snack, BBQ dinner, tents, sleeping bags, and breakfast.
You don’t need to worry about leaving your pets at home as the place is open to all animals. The fastest way to get here would be to take a train till Virar and get an auto till the beach. Or drive down from the western express highway and enjoy a flat 5 km stretch of scenic road with nothing but endless fields and coconut tries on either side before the road opens up on the beach.
We had an amazing day at the Surf club and it was a bit hard to believe that we were having such an amazing beach day, without leaving Mumbai. We are definitely going back to this shack, because of the thrilling experiences we had.
You can contact Mumbai Surf Club on their Instagram and Facebook pages.