Surfing

Arugam Bay

This tiny fishing village is fast becoming the young and trendy hiding place with the best surf in Sri Lanka and some would say, South Asia. Apart from Arugam bay west coast of Sri Lanka is open to the same regular, long distance swells as Indonesia, making it an ideal choice for surfing between November and April when northeasterly winds are most likely to coincide with the big southwest groundswell. There are many great surf spots to choose from, all easily accessible from each other, so it is easy to base you in one location and try them all out!

Hikkaduwa

The mellow reefs at Hikkaduwa tend to favor left-handers. However, the most consistent spot is Main Reef, which has fun lefts and rights on a flat coral reef. Further north is Benny’s and the North Jetty that both boast a fairly consistent big swell. South of Main Reef is the equally powerful Inside Reef. Beyond here is a long stretch of Beach Break, which varies from a fat wave (ideal for surfing beginners) to a fun shore break (great for body-boarders). The interesting colonial town of Galle has some good left breaks near the jetty just outside of town, and a bit further east, Koggala has some excellent left-handers when the swell is on.

Further east still is Midigama, which is less consistent than Hikkaduwa and more exposed to south winds. However, there are two superb spots – a long fat left and a short powerful right breaking over a shallow reef. As a reliable option when the rest of the south coast is blown out, the beach break in Weligama can be surfed even when small.

The ‘A-frame’ surf shop in Hikkaduwa provides tide tables. Most shallow reefs change significantly with the tides.
Hikkaduwa is a convenient 3 hours from the airport with a variety of both cheap and up-market places to stay such as The Tropical Beach House and Aditya.