Surfing in Sihanoukville Cambodia

Sunday in SihanoukvilleSundays have been kind to us here in Sihanoukville. For the past several weeks the rain has let up enough for us to spend time outdoors. Last Sunday we went down to Otres Beach and Ochheuteal Beach. It was super windy and for the first time this year I was able to go body surfing on the wind slop. Not only that, but it was the best day of “surfing” I’ve had in this normally waveless country. I spent a good hour in the water and got some waves all the way to the beach. Since so few people were there, we also got to ride our motorbike on the sand, which is always a joy.

Waves in Sihanoukville!This Sunday has turned out to be the best ever. Overcast but dead calm, there was still swell from earlier winds and for the first time ever I was able to see what it would be like if ground swells were able to find their way to Sihanoukville. As expected, the best beach break was Otres. There were a couple of great sand banks and I was actually able to imagine myself surfing fun waves all the way to shore. Alas, imagine was all I was able to do, but one little 2 foot righthander took me through 2 fast sections followed by a short bunny hop into a final shorebreak reentry. I was as stoked as if I had actually ridden the wave.

On the way to the beach, we stopped off at my new favourite cafe, Douceur du Cambodge. Sometimes I really miss the little cafes and patisseries that are tucked away here and there in Sydney. Well, I don’t have to any more. This one is as good as they get, with great French pastries and fantastic cappuccinos. It’s located downtown, between Samudera Market and Psar Leu and is easy to miss, so if you’re ever in the area, walk or ride your moto slowly from Samudera towards Psar Leu and keep your eye out for it on the right. It’s well worth the effort.

On the way home, we stopped off at Serendipity Beach to check out a yoga class I’d seen advertised at the cafe. Sopheak took yoga for awhile and loved it, but the teacher moved back to Canada. Unfortunately, this yoga teacher had left, too, but a fisherman came out of the water with a full net and we scored fresh fish for dinner. This puffer fish was his prize catch. Sopheak is just showing it off to the crowds – the fisherman was keeping it for himself. Apparently Cambodians know how to cook them, because they are deadly if not prepared correctly.

And that has been our day so far. It’s not over yet. Now it’s time to take the kids to the park. See you later.

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About Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider is a writer based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where he has lived since 2006.
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