Surfing Destination in Sri Lanka
Southeast Coast-The Arugam Bay area is home to a number of quality surf breaks, the most popular of which being ‘Main Point’ located towards the south of the bay. This is a right hand point break, with a rock/reef bottom, and has a number of sections with occasional barrels. Other breaks in the area include Whiskey Point and Pottuvil Point to the north, and Elephant Rock, Peanut Farm and Okanda to the south. These breaks have attracted a steady stream of international tourists for several decades.
Arugam Bay has a good local surf scene and is home to some of Sri Lanka’s most talented surfers and in recent years surfers from Arugam Bay have dominated national competitions. In mid-2010 the Association of Surfing Professionals hosted its first international surf contest in the Bay. The winner of such was Australian Julian Wilson. ASP repeated their contest tour in 2011 added a women’s competition to the men’s long board championship at Arugam Bay.
Southwest Coast: There are several surf points in the southwest and Hikkaduwa is the most popular. The best surfing spots in Hikkaduwa are in Wewala. Narigama is good for body surfing. Surf boards, gear, and even clothing can be sourced from Hikkaduwa. Surfing season in the southwest is from November to April. Clean, value-for-money accommodation, beach restaurants, bars, and beachside nightclubs gives Hikkaduwa something of the mood of a resort in Goa or Bali.
South Coast of Surfing Sri Lanka’s jagged south coast starting from the historic city of Galle upto Tangalle consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the southwest coast. At Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa and Matara – surfers prowl the shores in search of some of the best waves in Sri Lanka. Dickwella has some of the island’s best dive spots and Tangalle offers secluded, uninterrupted cove like beaches.
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