A destination of suspense and surprise. A cultural explosion and real adventure for the traveller at heart. Sri Lanka is a sensory sensation destination that will leave you bursting with excitement and a new favorite mark on your world map! With golden sand beaches that are fairly untouched, Sri Lanka is a great surfing haven and a perfect place to relax and retreat! It is the real deal – real people – real food – real adventure and real SURF.
The surfing season on the East coast of Sri Lanka (Arugam Bay way) begins in May and goes through to the end of October. The surfing season on the West Coast of Sri Lanka (Hikkaduwa way) begins around November and continues through to the end of April. The good news, particularly for learning surfers, is that the South Coast of Sri Lanka (East & West of Weligama) gets swell all year round.
We have previously confessed that we sat on the fence for a while to see what would happen with the surf scene in Sri Lanka. We had heard about over-populating at peak holiday times with the increase in learn to surf schools, so we went and had a good and proper look for ourselves. And we are delighted to report that there are some real gems to be experienced. However, due to slow travel times and vast sight-seeing opportunities across the country, we do not recommend travelling all that way for the surf alone. For this reason, we are offering tailor-made itineraries for each region/season, which can incorporate surfing, cultural sites and game parks. Contact World Surfaris with your preferred dates and areas of interest and we will design a trip to suit! Sri Lanka offers so much more than surf and is a very affordable family holiday. And always remember that Sri Lanka is only an hour’s flight to the Maldives…..
Sri Lanka is an idyllic paradise with postcard perfect surrounds. Right-hand, sand/rock bottom point breaks line its coastline turning it into one of the worlds best setups for keen surfers who want to experience fun to challenging conditions. It is a land of natural beauty, featuring turquoise lagoons and mountainous forests as its sublime backdrop. One of the amazing things about Sri Lanka is the number of elephants, giraffes and other wildlife you see on the streets and out of captivity.
Surfing in Sri Lanka has 2 distinct seasons making it a fantastic surf adventure year-round.
The East Coast is a mecca for right-hand sand bottom point breaks. From May to October, the East Coast of Sri Lanka picks up a lot of South West swells, generated by the storms of the Indian Ocean.
Known surf spots like Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Point and Peanut Farm work best in a 3-4ft swell but can handle up to 6-8ft in the rare big swell (most likely in Jun, Jul, Aug).
50 – 200 metre rides are normal at A-Bay and can turn your legs to jelly. It is the ultimate ‘run-around’ style point break. So do plenty of cardio to prepare before you head over.
Swell: South West is best!
Swell: November to April, any South swell
Winds: North / North East