We have been quite lucky over the past few weeks, and haven’t been affected too badly by the haze caused by the Indonesian fires. Earlier this month, we had a couple of hazy days where the flights were disrupted, but other than that it’s been mostly blue skies.
Unfortunately the haze has come back to bother us in Koh Samui, and we woke to hazy skies yesterday and again today. The Air Quality Index (PM10) peaked at 154 this afternoon and fortunately it’s now back down at 72. Anything over 150 is considered unhealthy, and below 100 is considered moderate with no health concerns.
We were out paddling this morning when it was hazy, but the air quality was still moderate. It’s quite eery to be out paddling in these conditions, especially when the water is so glassy, like it was today.
Flights in and out of Samui have been affected today. Some flights were re-directed to Phuket, and others have been delayed and cancelled.
We’ll keep an eye on the conditions over the next few days, and make sure we only take paddlers out when the conditions are right. Let’s hope we get some rain and wind to clear the skies.
Note: Air Quality Index (PM10) readings for Surat Thani, sourced from the Regional Environmental Office website.
Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a fun and easy to learn water sport that can be enjoyed by all the family and is a great way to improve core fitness.
Come down to Choeng Mon beach on Sunday morning for a free trial on our stand up paddle boards.
When: Sunday 26th July, between 8-9am
Where: Choeng Mon beach, in front of Crystal restaurant.
For more information, call Tammy on 092 737 9705.
You’ve probably seen people paddle boarding at the beach, and wondered what it’s like? Well, why don’t you come down to Choeng Mon beach next Tuesday morning and join in our weekly iSUPtastic! session.
For just 100 Baht you can have a 15 minute trial on one of our Starboard SUP’s. If you like it, then we can easily arrange another session. During our lessons, you will learn paddling techniques from our ASI accredited instructors, take in the view of the coastline, and jump in for a swim too!
When: Every Tuesday morning from 10am
Where: Choeng Mon beach, we meet in front of Crystal Restaurant
More information: Call 092 737 9705 or email email@example.com
The weather forecast indicated that we’d be facing 10-12 knot winds from the west, so we decided to start the iSUPcore! session in Choeng Mon today. The eastern side of the island being more protected from the breeze meant we had flat water to paddle on. And the weather was a little overcast, making it quite pleasant to paddle.
We headed out past Koh Fan, a small island just off Choeng Mon beach, and then paddled along the coast line for about 3km. It’s mostly a rocky shoreline and cliffs along the coast, until you turn the corner into Hanuman Bay where there’s a stretch of white sandy beach. Paddling at a cruisy pace, we stopped for a swim, and then headed back to Choeng Mon.
This might become one of our paddling tours for experienced paddlers. If the conditions are right, and we pack some refreshments, we could paddle into one of the beaches at Hanuman Bay, or even further down to the north end of Chaweng.
If you are interested in trying out Stand Up Paddling, we are usually at Choeng Mon beach on Tuesday mornings from 10am for our iSUPtastic! sessions. We will be offering 15 minute “taster” sessions for a small fee to anyone who turns up, it’s a great way to discover just how easy and fun paddling can be.
The weather was a bit overcast on Tuesday, which meant it was a bit cooler than it has been for the previous couple of days – perfect paddling weather! Consequently there were a few more people strolling up and down the beach – including Greg and his wife from Melbourne, Australia. Greg had previously spotted us on the water during last Sunday’s SUP5.0 session, and was keen to give SUP a go.
10 minutes (and only a couple of “splash downs”) later, Greg was competently paddling and chatting with me on the water… it’s hard to express in words the pleasure we get seeing previously dubious first time paddlers gaining confidence and enjoying themselves on the water – great job Greg!
Whilst relaxing afterwards with Greg at our favourite beachside restaurant (Crystal) we were approached by Kurt, who along with his wife Kerry are experienced paddlers from California. They had never paddled on inflatable Stand Up Paddle boards before, and were pleasantly surprised with the stability and performance of our Starboard Astro’s during their quick trip around the bay.
All in all, a successful start to the iSUPtastic sessions, looking forward to next week – see you on the water!