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Top 5 Tips for Surfing in Galle – Enjoy the swells by being prepared!

Galle is situated on the sun-drenched southern coast of the tiny island in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. Bordered by shimmering azure waves Galle offers a haven for surf lovers. As you plan to enjoy surfing in Galle, read through these tips to have the thrill of riding the waves to the fullest. 

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Best time for surfing in Galle

Galle is one of the finest surfing destinations on the island sought after by surf lovers who visit regularly and feel surfing is one of the best things to do in Galle. Whilst the best period for surfing in Galle is from November to May, experienced surfers who are regulars also catch bigger waves around Galle from May to September during the southwest monsoon season. When considering the entire island there is always a beach around Sri Lanka providing good waves for surf lovers throughout the year.

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Surfing for novices

Renting surfboards or getting an instructor for novices is no issue in Galle such as at The Fortress Resort & Spa with the basics of riding the waves taught by coaches in detail to novices. These cover the basics of surfing, water safety, selecting surfboards, paddling, popping up and catching the waves using waves under one metre. And many surf locations are available such as Koggala, Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna etc. in the Galle District for novices thus making it possible for those yearning to master riding the waves to tick it off their wish list.

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Surfing for professionals

Different beaches in Galle provide different excitement to surfers. Unawatuna Beach is mostly sand and rock and thus is a popular venue for more experienced surfers looking for challenges and opportunities to sharpen their skills. Sion Surf point in Ahangama as well as Kingfisher just 10 minutes from Galle provide swells for intermediary surfers with consistent waves. Hikkaduwa too is a favourite of professional surfers and it is also a popular hangout town for visitors enjoying a beach holiday.

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Exhilaration with fewer crowds

November to May are the ideal months in the south for surfing and this period is generally less crowded on the island enabling you the exhilaration of riding the waves without crowds around. Furthermore, there are many points at which surfers can practice their sport at their own pace mastering various skills. Do research on where you want to be during your stay in Galle.

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Other useful tips

Make sure your place of stay is convenient for the type of swells you are looking for based on whether you are a novice, at an intermediary level or a professional surfer so that you maximize time spent on surfing as well as reduce the cost of transportation from your holiday budget. There are many options for accommodation available based on the range of budget. Having a good stock of sunscreen, a basic first aid kit and mosquito repellant with you when you arrive is preferable although these can be purchased locally. Remember to be hydrated as you are outdoors most of the day.