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A Guide to Surfing in Sri Lanka – Lesser Known Fab Locations to Ride the Waves

The best aspect of surfing in Sri Lanka is you don't have to vie for a place amongst throngs of other surfers. The tropical waters at specific points offer perfect breaks for long or short boarders.


Weligama, the Ideal Novice Break

Weligama is perfect for the beginner, the medium size breaks and shallow waters are perfect for novices to enjoy, mild lefts and rights as you roll in with the surf. Head over to Surf Beach in Mirissa, just next door and you will find a number of make-shift surf schools located right on the beach. The instructors are quite adept at teaching beginners the basics, renting out boards together with some very helpful tips and quick lessons. The Weligama stretch of beach is open to a beautiful bay, which meanders and widens towards Mirissa


Mirissa for Long Boarders

As mentioned above, Surf Beach in Mirissa is popular for beginners to take lessons. But delving further into the subject, you will find a right hander towards the reef and a left hander closer to the harbour. Perfect for longboarders the swell is able to take on 6 footers and is the perfect thrill for long boarders.


Midigama Lazy Breaks

Head over to the scenic bay of Midigama, and you can surf at Lazy Left and Lazy Right; aptly named, these breaks are found opposite each other and are two of the best surf spots in the south. Lazy Left is ideal for longboards; the start can be steep, while the end has you rolling in on a smooth surface. Lazy Right, although pretty much the same, tends to break at certain intervals, adding a bit of drama to your ride. Both breaks, end on a reef in deep water and can be accessed via the channel, it is therefore recommended for beginners and intermediates.


Kabalana for Larger Swells

Kabalana is easy to reach from properties of Mosvold Hotels, as it is just down the road from the sleepy town of Ahangama in the Galle district, an area popular for the best boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. Along this stretch, it is easy to find backpacker type accommodation, suitable for the wandering surfer. Kabalana is loved by short boarders as it is known to offer a larger swell, and is a solid A-frame crest, which promises loads of barrels on both sides of the break. Popular as one of the best A-frame, surf sites on the island the place can be quite crowded.


Hikkaduwa Reef

Easy to reach from Galle hotels, the vibrant town of Hikkaduwa is ideal for a day's visit for some surfing fun. The place is home to at least four top surf points and offers a heavier set of waves, for those of you looking for a challenge. The A-frame break is known for its large frames and is one of the most popular amongst local surfing aficionados. Enjoy long rides on both, the left and right hands, as well as, some pretty exciting barrels along the right edge of the swell.