Solo Surfing in Sri Lanka? Here are the Best Spots!
Surfing as a sport took off in Sri Lanka quite recently, and in that time, it has garnered quite a lot of traction within the island. Sri Lanka has an array of surf spots suited for the beginner to the more advanced surfers lining its coasts.
The following are some of the best surf spots in the country.
Trincomalee is known for its fabulous waves, particularly those at Arugam Bay from April to September. In fact, they’re so popular that surf competitions and festivals take place there annually. The waves here are a bit rougher and not suitable for beginners but it’s still worth a visit to those who are eager to try the best (mainstream) surf spot Sri Lanka has to offer.
If you’re a beginner, you may want to consider Weligama, which is located at the southernmost point of the island. The beach break is settled in a bay, making it ideal for hopeful surfers just starting out, and is also usually protected from the wind even when other surf points along the Southern Coast are blown out. Nearly 145km away from Colombo, Weligama is accessible through the Southern Expressway.
The Hikkaduwa Reef is teeming with marine life, but that’s not all that can be found in abundance there. This is a great spot for surfers of all skill levels, but the waves at the main break could reach up to about 6-8 feet. It’s about 120km south of Colombo, making it one of the closest surf points to the cosmopolitan city. Between November to April is a good time for surfers at Hikkaduwa.
For the advanced surfers, Midigama has a small but perfect spot. Known as Rams, this spot is consistent all year round. The waves are quite powerful, but there’s shallow coral right below, so navigate with care. Here you can find both barrelling waves as well as short swell on either end.
Unawatuna is popular among families as it’s relatively safe and protected. Unawatuna Bay is a great place to learn surfing, but the swell along the beach isn’t consistently great. You must exercise caution when at Kabalana as, despite the short waves at the shore being conducive for learning to surf, there are riptides at the main point which could drag you out to sea.
Mirissa is a great place for beginners, as its gentle waves make it easier for newbie surfers to adapt. The 2km stretch has tons of water activities, but it’s towards the furthermost ride where you can find the surf spots. The crescent-shaped Mirissa Bay surf point accommodates both right and left handers over at the reef break and the harbour. There are two major surf seasons annually at Mirissa, which are from August to December and November to April.
The list doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve made friends with the local surfer community, you’ll be able to get to the hard-to-access, secret surf spots. Some of them are incredibly difficult and are not meant for novices, but there are also little picturesque nooks just waiting to be discovered. So go ahead, be curious, and explore!