Sri Lanka being a famous surfing destination that caters to all experience levels from beginners to immediate surfers who often travel to Sri Lanka to advanced and professional surfers, is a must visit destination. The easy accessibility to the islands waves, the enormous number of sand-bottomed breaks and the super-steady swells that carry impeccably groomed waist to chest high waves into the breaks over 310+ days a year is what makes Sri Lanka so appealing to the beginners.
The waves in Sri Lanka are for beginners to learn how to stand on a surf board and there are tubes over shallow waters with sea urchins that make the wave significantly all the more energizing and surfers know what that means! The island has different seasonal patterns where if one coast is rough or choppy, the other is calm. The downpours on alternate locations, makes Sri Lanka a year around surf spot.
The main patches for surfing being the southwest, south and the east coast, November to May is considered to be the main surfing season for the South as that’s when the waves are absolutely flawless and April to October is considered to the the best season on the east coast where the waves are longer. Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa in the southwest, Weligama in the south coast are the best sandy beach surf spots in the island, perfect for beginners and Arugambay in the east coast is considered to be the most famous area for professionals in which many point breaks can be found such as Whiskey Point, Elephant Rock and Peanut Farm.
The waves in Sri Lanka are smaller and longer and not gigantic as the waves in Hawaii or Western Australia; one wave in Okanda, on the east coast can be surfed for up to 60 seconds if your legs can deal with it. If you are looking to avoid the crowded surf spots, an early morning surf is the best during the weekdays in the South coast.