Surfing on the South Coast

December 18, 2018 6:01 am

The South Coast of Sri Lanka isan amazing place to surf. There are plenty of spots with waves for all abilities. In the Galle region, The Shack in Dewata is a great place to hire aboard and soak up the chilled family-friendly atmosphere. The drinks are cheap and funky music is always playing, making it the perfect place for an evening surf followed by a couple of sunset refreshments.

Further along the coast surfers can settle in Ahangama or Weligama for a while. Ahangama boasts a number of surf camps, including ‘Lapoint’, which has perfect waves for beginners. Soul& Surf is a must-visit in the area. Soul & Surf offers superb yoga classes as well as surfing lessons. Tucked away in the jungle away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, they also offer a delicious variety of food.

Ceylon Sliders is a boutique hotel in Weligama that’s not to be missed. Not only do they offer an amazing menu, but their concept deeply celebrates surf culture in Sri Lanka. “Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced surfer, we’re on hand to help you get the most out of your surfing holiday. Weligama provides the perfect backdrop to learn with relaxed waves peeling just out front whilst the more advanced can enjoy world class waves on any of the reef breaks down road” (https://ceylonsliders.com/).It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee or breakfast (the smoothie bowl is particularly good) after a morning surf.

As for the breaks themselves,there’s something for everyone. Weligama Beach Break is the ideal surf spot for beginners who are just starting out. The long stretch hugs the bay and gradually gets bigger as you head down the beach towards Mirissa. However, it can get packed, as there are so many learners in the lineup.

Rams in Midigama is a favourite for the more advanced surfers. This powerful A-frame wave breaks over sharp shallow coral, so it’s not for the faint hearted. Lazy Lefts and Lazy Rights in Midigama offer more mellow breaks, suitable for long boarding and beginners to intermediate surfers. Midigama is consistently a great spot throughout all seasons.

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