Consistent swells from the south Indian Ocean hit Sri Lanka, producing good fun waves all year round. The water is warm and the surf is not too powerful, so it’s a great place for a relaxed and affordable surfing holiday.
Sri Lanka has different surf seasons on its east and west coasts, so there’s always something working whenever your holiday. During the southwest monsoon, from May to October, the east coast gets the prevailing wind offshore. The northeast monsoon, from October to March, brings offshore winds to the southwest coast. Generally, the conditions are best in the morning.
Sri Lanka’s east coast gets swell from the southern Indian Ocean, and is best from May to September when the prevailing wind is offshore every morning. The coastline around Arugam Bay is well known for its consistent, fun waves:
The Point: The main break at Arugam Bay is a longish right-hand point break, usually a couple of feet bigger than other breaks in the area. Tends to close out over 6ft.
Pottuvil Point: A short tuk tuk ride north of Arugam Bay, this is a right hand point break that can give a long ride. Works on 2ft to 6ft.
Crocodile Rock: A ½ hour tuk tuk ride south of Arugam Bay, and a 20 minute walk, Crocodile Rock needs a biggish swell to break at 3-4ft. On its day, it’s a wally right hander.
Peanut Farm: right hander
Whisky Point: another mellow right
The Hikkaduwa-Ahangama-Midigama coast has plenty of mellow breaks from October to March.
The Rock: the best A-Frame reef break around; a good left-right peak that can handle swells up to 7ft.
Midigama Point: enjoyable left hander that works up to 6 ft. Start early for clean conditions.
Ram’s: Short right breaking over shallow reef.
Talpe reef break
Unawatuna, reef breaks
Lazy Left, a good fun wave that can barrel on a bigger swell.
Plantation Peak: at Midigama, easy left and right
Weligama Bay: with nice beach breaks for beginners.
Mirissa: has a couple of short, sweet right handers – can get crowded but the beach is brilliant.
Polhena: a good fun left hander