No matter if you want to ride Lazy Left, Right or a barrel… Sri Lanka is the place to go for surfing at all levels. So come seek a thrill or just hang loose in this surf haven lined with golden beaches, palm trees and smiling faces.
Sri Lanka was discovered as a surfers’ paradise during the early 1960’s and the country’s reputation has been on a rise ever since. Unlike many other countries, Sri Lanka doesn’t have an off season. When conditions are best in the east, monsoon is present on the west coast and vice versa. Even so, experts say surfers are always able to find waves - even off season - as long as they’re willing to listen to the tips and tricks of local boarders.
The official peak season in the south-west of the island is from November to early April where hotspots like Hikkaduwa, Weligama and Mirissa are situated. From May to October the east coast comes to life. Here the place to be is Arugam Bay, since it is said to be one of the ten top surf locations in the world. But next to these popular sites there are many secret spots and hidden bays. Here you’ll just have to share the mellow waves with the stilt fishers. Please note that some of these places are also reef spots so be extra careful!
The best moments to enjoy the whitewater are early morning, before 9 am, and end of the day, after 4 pm.
In-between you can sunbathe (be sure to wear sun cream and turn sides regularly!), take a swim, have a meal or drink in one of the many laid-back bars or restaurants or simply doze off in a hammock. Then, after a day of ‘hard work’ you’re well rewarded with an epic sunset. Life is hard in amazing Sri Lanka!