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LAST UPDATED 28/11/2007
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Level of surfing


Quality of surf


Call code


Net code





0 km



Coup / Civil Unrest

Best Months

October - December




Rupee (PKR)

Time Zone


Special Requirements

Lengthy VISA Process, Non tourist Friendly


Sal: Karachi Beach; 2007

Ever since the Australian Cricket Team started bringing their boards with them on tour here, surfing has been on the rise. The immediate coastline around Karachi is the only place that has ever been looked at for surf, but the points further north and the southern facing breaks sweeping west towards Ormara have never been surfed. Most of this land is uninhabited coastal desert and transport is your biggest obstacle, some of these amazing beaches last saw a human footstep about 500 years ago. When you pull up in your Hummer and take your 6'2" out of its cover you think about that for just a second.

Storm cells rip through the Arabian Sea around MAY through to JULY and deliver good swell right along the coast. It is worth bearing in mind that there are fewer than 20 surfers living in Pakistan so it's one of those places that you dont mind surfing with someone else for a change. The predominat flow of SW swell across the Indian Ocean tends to miss the coast with Sri Lanka really being the cut off point for reliable swell activity originating in the Southern Hemisphere.

Wandering swell systems can and do manage to get bent back to the coastline here however offering you another source of swell generating activity. Be sure to enjoy the isolation while it lasts, before someone builds a surf camp there.

what to pack

Rich Niewiroski Jr.: 62 mm ultra-violet, fluorescent, and polarizing lens filters. Camera used was a Canon 400D; April 9, 2007

Toiletries, cosmetics, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses.. bring everything you think you may need. Bring along your medications, such as first aid kits, cold/flu tablets.. incase you get sick.

Incase it rains, bring an umbrella or a raincoat.

Bring along a digital camera and a high-capacity memory card. A mini-tripod allows you to take crisp shots in low light with no flash.

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