"Where you invest your love you invest in your life."

- Ocean Delight Surf School - Kovalam Beach, Tamil Nadu, India

My name is Appu and this is my story...

I’m a local of Kovalam Beach. I grew up in a village of fishermen and discovered pretty early the world of the ocean and my passion for surfing. My surfing career took me into several competions and luckily I won some of them. I’m very thankful for this because this gave me the possibility to get to know many people, gave me the opportunity to create experiences, improve my skills and helped me to develop an open and wide mindset.

I founded Ocean Delight Surf School with my friend and Business Partner Vicky in 2015 to give back something to our local community and people I love to have around me. It’s nice to see how children and friends have fun when surfing and create their own experiences.  Come and take a look at Ocean Delight Surf School and let me know whenever you want to take a surfing session with me. You can count me in.

– Appu


... and my name is Vicky

I am based in Kovalam Beach and the ocean is in my blood. I come from a fishing family and started fishing with my father when I was 11 years old. To be a good fisherman, you have to know and respect the ocean. One day I was walking on the beach and saw something that changed my life. Up to that point I didn’t even know what surfing was, but I was immediately hooked and knew I wanted to learn it. That’s how my journey began and I found my passion.

Through surfing, I met people from all over the world and participated in competitions not only in India. In 2015, Appu and I founded Ocean Delight Surf School and my passion also became my job. I am always happy to teach other people this great sport and share my knowledge about the ocean. This way I can also give something back to the community.

– Vicky

Our values

Local Community

All our clients & friends highly value the authenticity and kindness of our local community. Together you will discover one of the most beautiful seasides and the genuine people of India apart from touristic and crowded spots.

OD Surf School

We welcome you to the Ocean Delight Surf School and to create the time of your life. Get to know the community, develop your surfing skills by individual and intense surf lessons and make every moment count!


Waste and plastics are the biggest challenges to our oceans. With the initative "Beach Ocean Life" we take responsibility and care of environmental issues by engaging locals in our neighborhood. We love our beach!

Clients & Friends

"... Appu and his team saved the day and gave us an awesome afternoon surfing. Pefect instructor. Very knowledgeable, super friendly and will recommend him every time!"
Surf School Client
"I love to support the idea of a sustainable Surf School which takes ecological responsibilty (beach cleaning) with locals in the neighborhood serious. Keep on this great work!"
Ocean Delight Friend
"I never expected surfing to be something more than just fun... it's a must have experience! I must say that Appu made it so much more than just fun. I wish I could continue learning to surf..."
Surf School Client
"We spent 3 days in Kovalam to surf and relax. We had a really great time with the community. Good crowd, good waves, good food, what else? We will definitely come back as soon as we can. Thank you. You people are awesome!"
Surf School Client

More reviews

Great place to learn to surf We did a 6 session course with Appu, Venkatesh and Vicky. Had a lot of fun learning to surf. Would totally recommend. Great learning session and useful tips related to surfing. Thank you Ocean Delight for a wonderful experience
Ernie Park
Ernie Park
Best surfing experience I have visited with my friends and all of us had great experience. Appu, Vicky and other instructions were very kind and nice, so they took care of one by one At the end, everyone took off wave and enjoying Surfing Even though you are alone, there is no issue for enjoying Surfing We had lesson with sole person and he was also excited and enjoyed
Exhilarating experience!! Another memory imprinted!! These guys are awesome!! I and my friend went there for our first ever surf lesson. The guys (instructors and life guards) there have so much enthusiasm and spirit! I went surfing without eating anything in the morning and hungry. But their energy radiated to me and kept me going! 🔥🔥 How cool you gotta be to keep someone who DOESN’T KNOW SWIMMING stay relaxed while learning to surf in the ocean!? Yes.. my friend wasn’t a great swimmer but these guys had his back! 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻
feeling the surf culture its not just about learning how to ride the board, but also feeling the vibe of surfing, being with these two talented local surfers appu and Vicky was all together a different experience. Super chill people Go experience surfing with them
Katharina König
Katharina König
Amazing power recharge! I tried surfing for the first time with ocean delight. The surf instructors Vicky and Appu are so much fun and professional at the same time. I felt very safe being in the water with them! Their passion for surfing motivated me a lot and I enjoyed all the good vibes 🙂 It´s definitely a place to recharge power and to feel like a happy kid of the ocean :))
Amazing experience The instructors Appu and Vicky are super cool, they made our first surfing lesson be great fun! Without showing too much theory, they let us surf the waves right away, learning by doing. The beach is clean and empty, the atmosphere in the surfing school super chilled. If you have a spare morning, definitely come and try out!
If you want to surf in India, Go to Ocean Delight Surf school! I went to ocean delight for one lesson in January, I fell in love with it so much that I went for a 1 week course. Appu is an amazing coach! The beach is beautiful and clean, thanks to the Ocean delight team beach clean up efforts. It is one of the best experience. Its super cool! Thanks guys.
supernice experience at Ocean Delight Surf School I stay in Chennai for two months at the moment and went for a surf in Kovalam two days back renting a surfboard at Ocean Delight Surf School. I was very unlucky with the surfing conditions that day^^ little windy and choppy waves therefore, but I still had a beautiful and fun morning and surf cause of the welcoming energy and the nice people at the surf school. Appu and Pamina were great fun company coming for a surf and I bet Appu gives good lessons too. The 7'6 hardboard I used was in good condition, they provided wax, comfortable ride to the spot a few metres from the school and a nice shower after the surf. I can definitely recommend this place 🙂
Better than in Mahabalipuram Went out for 1.5 hour training course with Vicky the instructor - myself and my two sons aged 11 and 12. Great day today as it was bit cloudy and therefore not hot and waves were gentle. But the highlight was great coaching by Vicky - can’t recommend enough! Check it out - you won’t be disappointed...
Madhumitha R
Madhumitha R
THE BEST PLACE to learn SURFING I have always wanted to learn surfing for many reasons - it's a great sport to learn, good workout and probably the best way to get over my fear of open water. After a lot of self convincing, I enrolled for classes and spoke to Appu. To learn from these guys at Ocean delightsurfschool was the best decision I ever made, they are so positive. In my first class, Appu held my hand and walked me slowly into chest deep water just so I get comfortable and also taught me how to escape a wave. I am done with 3 classes now and I am still working on my fear but if not for these guys I won't be where I am today. Full credit goes to these kovalam boys - Appu & Vicky , so grateful to have met them. If you're in Chennai and looking to learn a new sport, please get in touch with them.

Award winning Surf School

Meet the Team

Ocean Delight Surf School - Appu


Founder & Surf Coach
I own a lot of surfboards and have a great team which helps me to organize and give surf lessons to our clients. ISA Level 1 & 2 certified
Ocean Delight Surf School - Vicky


Co-Founder & Surf Coach
As Surf Instructor & friend of Appu, you will see me on boards and help you to develop your surfing skills to have a great time! ISA Level 1 certified

"Just ride the Wave" documentary

Lessons & Rentals

We offer courses for every skill level!

If you have never surfed before our introduction lessons are exactly what you are looking for. If you already tried surfing before (at least 2-3 lessons) the beginner's lessons are perfect for you. If you are an experienced surfer, the advanced lessons are your best fit!

Individual Surf Lessons
(all equipment included)
  • Introduction Surf Lesson
    2 hrs surf session • ₹ 2.500
    90 min. • ₹ 1.800
    Follow-Up lessons • ₹ 1.500
  • Beginner Surf Lesson
    1,5 hrs surf session • ₹ 1.500
  • Private Surf Lesson
    1,5 hrs surf session • ₹ 2.000
  • Advanced Surf Lesson
    2 hrs surf session • ₹ 1.500
  • Group Lesson
    5 persons or more
    90 min. surf session • ₹ 1.300 p.p.
Course Packages
(all equipment included)
  • 3 Day Course • ₹ 4.500
    (everyday a 1,5 hrs surf session)
  • 5 Day Course • ₹ 7.000
    (everyday a 1,5 hrs surf session)
  • 8 Day Course • ₹ 12.000
    (everyday a 1,5 hrs surf session)
  • 12 Day Course • ₹15.000
    (everyday a 1,5 hrs surf session)
Board Rentals
(equipment in shop)
  • Surfboard*
    90 min • ₹ 500
    Per day • ₹ 1.200
  • Bodyboard
    60min • ₹ 250
    Per day • ₹ 800

  • *Please note: Wax is not included if you rent a board. If you need more wax, you can buy it at our Surf School for ₹ 400.

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