surf guide

The surf on the South Coast

Surf spots on Sri Lanka‘s South Coast work from about October thru April. It’s pretty much constant 3-5ft long-period clean swell with occasional bigger days. Its the tropics, so winds are gentle offshore every morning. It glasses off in the afternoon and goes offshore again in the evening. And the water is tropical Indian Ocean warm!

In the monsoon season – May thru September – it is offshore on the East Coast. Arugam Bay and other points around there work at this time.

On the South Coast during monsoon you can also find waves at protected points like Mirissa.

So there is good surf in Sri Lanka year-round.
Surfing on the reef at Hikkaduwa
The A-frame reef at Hikkaduwa
Beach House review by a Surfer

The Beach House was amazing, from the moment we arrived at the side gate and walked in we were smiling from ear to ear! Mahinda & Chandana made our stay perfect, we couldn’t have asked for more, whatever we wanted from our stay Mahinda provided, the guy is awesome!
Everything is immaculately presented and you literally turn up, unpack your bags and life becomes easy!
The beds are far too comfy, especially with the air con on! (joke). seriously though, it’s very hard to get up at dawn for a surf, next year i may sleep in the hammock! – and there will definitely be a next time.
Doing your own cooking is a breeze, all utensils are there and local shops & markets provide all, including western foods.
Overall the beach house exceeded my high expectations in just about every way (as did the country!).
Perfect. – Simon Tickle, Cornwall, UK
Surf spots going south from Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa Reef: The A-frame reef at Hikkaduwa can get very good in season, with a barreling left and right.

Rajgamma Reef: There is a good left reef break at Rajgamma village.

Unawatuna Point: The right point at Unawatuna is mediocre. It could be better except for an irritating section in the wave. Nonetheless it is good experience sitting in the water right next the the Buddhist temple on the point. You can get waves here in monsoon season too.

Kabbalana Point: There is a left point break in front of the Kabbalana Hotel.

Ahangama Reefs: There are surfable waves on the reefs at Ahangama.

Midigama Point: The left point break at Midigama can get good with the right swell direction.

Plantation Point: After Midigama you’ll find Plantation Point through a coconut grove between the road and sea. This point can also get good.

Welligama Beach Break: Welligama has great beach break waves for beginners at the south end of the bay.

Mirissa Point: Mirissa has good right point. Waves wrap into a little bay. It also offshore during monsoon. Look out for our friend Rajesh. He also runs the boat-based whale-watching operation –

There are more spots further along the coast — check out Dondera — but we’ll leave them for to you to explore!

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