Never surfed and want to give it a go? Or maybe you’re already an experienced surfer and want to check out the breaks that have made Sri Lanka famous? No worries, there are plenty of spots only a short bus or tuk-tuk ride away.
Head on down to Sri Lanka’s South coast – from October to April you’ll enjoy great conditions and meet some amazing people out on the waves.
So not sure where to surf?
No problem, here are some great surf breaks easily reachable from The Rockstel that you´ll love regardless of your abilities.
Known as one of the best places in Sri Lanka to learn to surf, Weligama also has something to offer you if you’re an experienced surfer – great to keep you occupied if you’re with a friend wanting to grab some lessons.
The middle of the beach has over a dozen surf schools, perfect for those making their first jump into surfing. The beach break is easy and forgiving but expect it to get busy at mornings and late afternoon.
If you’re after waves a bit more challenging, look for the giant Marriott Hotel – right out front you’ll find a longer and more powerful beach break.
Just a 5 minute walk from The Rockstel Weligama, get ready to surf some of the more popular waves in Sri Lanka.
Our local break next to The Rockstel Unawatuna!
Dewata is ideal for the beginner surfer, with forgiving left and right beach breaks, no rocks nor reef. At The Rockstel you can schedule your surf lesson there with our local surf school.
Enjoy the view of the Japanese Peace Temple while you are waiting for
The Next Wave!
Also Dewata Beach, in between Unawatuna and Galle, is an amazing place to relax on a sunbed and have a coconut and top up your tan.
Some great spots here if you’re an intermediate or advanced surfer – reefs here mean it’s no good for beginners.
Rajith Surf Point has great A-frame waves and you can get rides of up to 350 metres.
If you’re looking for a more intensive surfing experience, Ahangama is also host to a number of surf camps. Most of them even offer yoga to help your weary muscles recover so you´re ready to head out again the next morning.
Midigama may be a small town but it’s got plenty of great surf spots!
A shallow reef break a short paddle offshore
These two breaks are opposite each other in Midigama Bay. They’re over a deep reef, challenging but OK for beginners who want to try their first reef break. Access is super easy too, with an easy channel paddle-out between the two breaks.
Named for a legendary local surfer, best for intermediate/advanced surfers due to a shallow reef with sharp coral. You’ll find fast A-frame waves with short rides – if conditions are right you’ll even find some barrels.
Right next to Plantations break in Gurubebila (the next bay towards Weligama), you´ll also find left and right A-frame breaks with rides of up to 400 metres.
Another shallow right hand reef break that will suit the intermediate and advanced surfers. You’ll enjoy good waves in all tides.
Another beach on the South coast with a couple of breaks that’ll suit newbies and pros alike.
Can be busy at times.
Great for beginners with its frothy white waves and nothing too challenging.
Best for intermediate and advanced surfers with a powerful A-frame reef break and long barrels.
Next to Weligama you’ll find the touristy town of Mirissa.
Besides the night life on its stunning beaches, Mirissa is also known as a popular destination for surfers where you’ll find two popular spots for both intermediate and advanced surfers.
As with anywhere, the quality of surf depends on the day itself. Waves in Mirissa can be big impressively big and powerful or on an unlucky, off day the ocean may be flat.
Although the beach breaks can seem chaotic with waves coming and breaking from all directions, you can find clean, left breaking sets next to the rocks.
If you’re lucky, a turtle may come over and say hello while you are waiting to catch your next wave. But hey! Be careful closer to the shore because it is rocky and you might get caught by a few sea urchins in your feet!
Opposite to Parrock Rock, on the other end of the beach, you can catch right breaking sets which is mostly where you’ll find the more advanced surfers.
Here, the reef tends to be shallow so you’ll need to watch out whilst you’re in the water.
This is one of the most popular spots for surfing in the South of Sri Lanka because of its unique landscape and picturesque spots.
The main break here is not one for the beginner!
A shallow coral reef means you need to know your way around a surfboard to get the best out of this powerful left hand break. It’s a narrow break that can only cope with a handful of surfers so expect queues for waves. Remember to not drop in on anyone!
But don’t worry, beginners also have their place in this surf point
If you only paddle halfway out you’ll find easier waves and safe conditions suitable for your abilities. If you’re a high skilled surfer, watch out for the newbies and everyone will have a great time.
And trust us, Hiriketiya is almost two hours by scooter but the journey definitely is worth it.
So which surf point to choose on the amazing South Coast of Sri Lanka?
So many options so close to The Rockstel! If you have time, why not try them all?
Before you head out, check daily conditions at this great website to make sure the waves are pumping:
And when you get back, don’t forget to share your experiences and advice with your new Rockstel buddies over a cold beer. The perfect end to a perfect day