Surfing & Wind- Kite Surfing in Sri Lanka is a popular water sport ,among the foreign and local tourists who visit the palm fringed pristine beaches of Sri Lanka.
The most popular surfing beaches of the island are South Western coastal and the east coastal belt (Arugambay -International surfing competition venue) of Sri Lanka.
Since the early 70’s Sri Lanka attracts surfers from all over the world. The windsurfing opportunities offered in Sri Lanka attracts the amateur windsurfers as well as the world class windsurfers participating in international windsurfing competitions.
South Coast: November to April.
There are several surf points in the south. Hikkaduwa – Galle up to Tangolle consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the south coast. At Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa and Matara – surfers prowl the shores in search of some of the best waves in Sri Lanka. Dickwella has some of the island’s best dive spots and Tangalle offers secluded, uninterrupted cove like beaches.
East Coast: April to September
Listed as one of ten top surf spots in the world, Arugam Bay also known as AbaY, is a popular haunt for surfers especially during the season between July and August. There are several popular point breaks including Ullah Point, Pottuvil Point, Surf Point, Peanut Farm Point, and Crocodile Rock. ‘Surf Point’ that breaks at the headland in front of Arugam Bay is suitable for body surfing and beginners; Pottuvil Point situated on a deserted beach north of Arugam Bay is more suitable for experienced surfers; and Crocodile Rock another challenging surf point is located south of Arugam Bay. Waves of up to 5ft – 6ft and up to a 400 meter ‘ride’ and the relatively isolated beaches are major attractions to surfers.
Surf boards can be rented in town and surfing lessons for beginners can be organized.
1, Arugam Bay Right Point-break All surfers
2, Bennys Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
3, Coral Garden Right and left Reef-rocky
4, Dalawella Right and left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
5, Dewata, Galle Right and left Point-break All surfers
6, Dewella (Unawatuna) Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
7, Elephant rock Right Point-break All surfers
8, Gaza Strip Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
9, GD’s Right and left Beach-break All surfers
10, Hikkaduwa Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
11, kingfisher Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
12, Koggala Lefts Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
13, Local’s Point Right and left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
14, Main Point (Arugambey) Experienced surfers
15, Matara Right Point-break All surfers
SK Town /Pollhena Right Sand-bar All surfers
16, Midigama Left (market) Left Point-break All surfers
17, Midigama Right Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
18, Mirissa Right Reef-coral All surfers
19, Okanda (Arugambey) Right Point-break Experienced surfers
20, Owerkanda (Arugambey) Left Reef-coral All surfers
21, Peanuts Farm (Arugambey) Right Point-break All surfers
22 , Plantations (Arugambey) Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
23, Pottuvil Point (Arugambey) Right Point-break Experienced surfers
24,Thalpe Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
25,Thalyadi Right Beach-break Experienced surfers
26,The Peaks Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
27,The Rock Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
28,Unawatuna Reef-coral Experienced surfers
29,Weligama Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
30,Whiskey point(Arugambey) Right Point-break All surfers
31 kirinda Right Point-break All surfers
32,Wijiya Beach Right and left Reef-coral All surfers
In addition to Arugam Bay, the windsurfing enthusiasts may well head to the waters of north of Trincomalee in Nilaveli & Uppuveli which offers fine beaches with lovely surf.