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Surfing in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a fantastic choice for a surfing holiday, and has been a popular surf destination since the 1970s. Boasting not only the escapist south-east beach settlement of Arugam Bay – which is listed as one of the top ten surf spots in the world – but also several other great surf points along the south coast, including Hikkaduwa and Mirissa, and in Trincomalee, surfers will be spoiled for choice. Sri Lanka’s monsoon weather patterns mean that one side of the island is always in season for water-sports, so surfing in Sri Lanka is possible all year round.

South-East Coast

Arugam Bay

Also known as A’Bay, Arugam Bay is acclaimed as one of the top ten surfing locations in the world and is a popular haunt for surfers from across the globe during the peak season between June and August. Waves of up to 6ft and rides of almost 400m, as well as the relatively secluded beaches, make Arugam Bay a surfers’ paradise. Surf boards can be rented in the town, and lessons are also available. There are several surf points here, suited to beginners and those with more experience. These include:

  • Ullah Point
  • Surf Point, a popular location suitable for beginners and body surfing
  • Pottuvil Point, situated on a deserted beach and suitable for those with more experience
  • Crocodile Rock, a challenging surf point just south of the main bay
  • Peanut Farm Point

South Coast

Mirissa

The best places for surfing along the south coast are around popular Mirissa Bay, the region’s most lively beach town. Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Ahangama and Matara are also excellent spots for surfing.

South-West Coast

Hikkaduwa

Surfing in Hikkaduwa is possible between November and April. This youthful coastal town offers clean, value-for-money accommodation, a wide variety of beach bars and restaurants and shops which sell or rent surf boards, wetsuits and other gear. The best surfing spots here are in Wewala.

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