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Perfect place to learn surfing

Located on beautiful East coast serenity beach pondicherry is a very professional surf school. It... read more

Reviewed January 11, 2018
Swapnil M
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Had first experience

A very friendly coach. Wanted a private lesson but was offered a group lesson. We were 9. Would... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2017
Parvin G
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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 January 11, 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

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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 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 December 20, 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 December 22, 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 December 3, 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 December 5, 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 October 25, 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 October 27, 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 September 4, 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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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
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Juan R, Owner at Kallialay Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded December 5, 2017

Hey, we are glad you had a good time surfing with us, looking forward to seeing you again! Regards Kallialay surf school team

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

Hey, it was a pleasure having you surfing with us and she is definetily ready for group lessons next time she comes. Juan

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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

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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

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Reviewed March 2, 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

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Deepti G
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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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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
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