Surf House Patong (or Flow House Phuket) is the latest activity in Patong Beach inspired by years of success of its sister branch in Surf House Kata Beach. Yes is sounds like surfing but don’t go imagining real surf board on immense artificial waves, it’s more like a soft version of wake boarding. Thankfully it is also a lot easier than real surfing or even wake boarding. Its prime location near Bangla Road and the beach make Surf House Patong an eye magnet.
Basically anyone can do it, even you, and it’s very safe since there is in fact no more than 20 cm of clear water rushing above an inflated rubber curved surface. If you fall, and you will, you’ll bounce back and the flow will propel you to the back of the curve were it’s flat and quiet. On your first lesson you will hold on to a rope by a staff and even though you’ll feel very wobbly, it’s not that hard.
Flow house is also (and I’m tented to say mostly) a party place with a DJ playing great and loud music, lots of places to sit and enjoy a large choice of beers and cocktails until late at night. They know that very well: they have some ‘free surf for ladies’ on some days, from 3 pm to 5 pm, kind of happy hour.
On the downside, riding the wave at Surf House Patong is not cheap. First because only two surfers can play at the same time, and second, you can’t surf too long either for the same reason. Anyway, watching pros gliding effortlessly on tiny boards is entertaining enough to compensate for that.
1 hour surf session: 1,000 baht
2 hours 1,800 baht
Hours: 9:30 am – 11 pm