Surf Lessons

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka is perfect for learners and improvers to develop your surfing. Your package includes 5 dedicated lessons each week (Sunday to Friday, with a rest day on Wednesdays) plus sunset surf sessions for you to practice and develop your skills or just bob about and watch the sunset.

Our wonderful surf team of internationally qualified and insured surf instructors and qualified beach lifeguards and their local assistants are dedicated to facilitating your improvement. We keep the instructor to pupil ratio high to give you individual attention you need and tailor the weekss lesson plans to each students requirements. We then supplement that with theory lessons and a video correction feedback session to make sure that each student develops and progresses throughout the week depending on your experience, your ambition and your natural ability.


Sample Goals for Your Week

Basic knowledge of equipment and local surf geography.
Safety rules.
Stretching before and after lessons incorporating simple yoga.
Paddling, prone and pop-up techniques in broken wave. (white water)
Paddling out to the line up.
Position in the line-up to catch unbroken wave. ( green wave )
Take off and riding the green wave left, or maybe right if there is one…ha ha
Gaining the knowledge and ability to assess the surf, paddle out and ride the wave of your life unassisted with a big smile.

You must be able to swim as a basic requirement to attend our lessons.

If you would like to ask some questions of our surf instructor team email here: 


Equipment  Available

We have a full stock of boards at your disposal throughout your stay. We’ve got everything from 6ft short boards through fun boards, mini-mals, long-boards and a good range of beginners foam boards so that whatever your level and however you progress we’ve got the right board for you and the conditions. We’ve got all the other stuff you need from leashes, to wax plus we’ll give each of you a Soul & Surf surf-shirt so there is pretty much nothing to bring except for surf/swim wear and water-proof sunscreen. Unless of course you have a favourite board that you just cannot live without (we’re with you on that one).


Skill Levels

Level 1

What type of surfer are you?

A complete beginner or someone that has surfed a few times but still catching unbroken waves.


What will you learn?

  • The absolute basics in a fun, safe and encouraging environment.
  • Safety on the beach and in the white water, how to handle your board and how to negotiate your way through breaking waves.
  • We’ll introduce you to your equipment and explain the basics of a surfboard and what that means to you as a surfer.
  • How to catch forgiving waves and how to understand the basics of controlling a surfboard whilst laying on your belly in the prone position.
  • The techniques to get to your feet and how to maintain stability and build on consistency.
  • Basic manoeuvres in the white water such as speed and control as well as turning right and left on a wave.

Your success will come from your willingness to learn new things and not be afraid to fall.


Level 1 Theory Sessions

As part of your level one coaching we will run theory sessions on location at the beach, in the hotel as well as in the pool.

What will we cover?

  • Currents / rips how to deal with them
  • Different types of waves
  • Swell generation
  • Onshore vs off shore
  • Right vs left
  • Surf etiquette
  • Terminology and radical surfer talk!

 

Level 2

What type of surfer are you?

You’ll be an improver or a low end intermediate, someone that has had some lessons, catching white water waves on a regular basis and you can perform basic turns left and right. You will also show that you can surf in a safe manner.
You may have even caught a couple of unbroken waves and are experienced trimming down the wave.


What will you learn?

  • Advanced safety, making it specific to the spots we surf as well as the waves that you may surf at home.
  • We will get specific about your stance, your body position and how it will affect your rides.
  • We will work with you to improve your Pop-Up technique
  • You will improve the efficiency and techniques paddle strokes enabling you to build on your endurance as well as explosiveness.
  • You will learn how to negotiate the inside breaking waves and how to paddle out to unbroken waves.
  • You will learn the difference in white water waves and unbroken waves and learn how to catch a wave before it breaks.
  • You will understand the difference between fore hand and back hand or Front side and backside as well as understanding the basics of trimming along a wave.
  • We will use video feedback sessions to help you take your surfing to the next level. Looking at and analysing your surfing. Video analysis is the best way to see your surfing and looking at the positives and how to correct any mistakes and improve on your techniques.

Level 2 theory

As part of your level two coaching we will run theory sessions on location at the beach, in the hotel as well as in the pool.

You will cover the following topics.

  • Priority & line ups
  • How to get through waves using a turtle roll
  • The difference between a white water (broken wave) and unbroken wave
  • Wave forecasting
  • Surfboards and different forms of surfing
Level 3

What type of surfer are you?

You will be a high end intermediate surfer, proficient in the water, able to paddle through waves unassisted and can negotiate your way around a line up. You will be able to catch head high waves and can trim left and right on a variety of different waves.


What will you learn?

  • We will search the coast for the best waves of the day.
  • We will work with you to understand new more challenging surf spots.
  • We will help you to maximise your wave count and how to find the fastest trimming line and when and what type of manoeuvres to perform.
  • We will work with you through video analysis sessions to help improve techniques, body positions, position on the wave, carving turns cutbacks and floaters.

Level 3 theory

As part of your level three coaching we will run theory sessions on location at the beach, in the hotel as well as in the pool.

You will cover the following topics.

  • Improving and speeding up your Pop-Up to make more critical drops
  • Duck diving
  • ‘Spot X’ the best place on any given wave for a surfer to take off.
  • Wave forecasting
  • Surfboards and different forms of surfing
Level 4

What type of surfer are you?

Advanced Shredder, better than us! We’re not just talking short boarders here, we have a passion for all surf craft.

Our level 4 lessons are aimed at the surfer who has a lot of surfing experience but may be a little stuck or frustrated. The surfer will be able to perform in a variety of conditions including some very challenging or less than perfect waves. You should be comfortable surfing a variety of different beach breaks, river mouths, points and reef breaks. The level 4 surfer will be able to do more than just trim along a wave, you’ll be able to control your speed staying in the pocket when needed and speeding through section if required linking turns and manoeuvres.


What will you learn?

  • We will search the coast for the best waves of the day.
  • We will work with you to understand the most challenging surf spots for the days conditions.
  • We want to take you put of your surfing comfort zone to break down and work on specific manoeuvres.
  • Using video analysis, we will work with you to break down each wave to see where speed can be managed, manoeuvres linked and turns executed in more critical parts of the wave.
  • We will work with you, taking this new knowledge from the video feedback sessions and applying them to your surf.
  • We will look at the functionality and style within your surfing. It’s one thing to be able to do a cut back but to make it look good is a different matter!

Our aim with you is to push your surf and open new possibilities giving you the tools you need to continue your progression.


Level 4 theory

As part of your level 4 coaching we will run theory sessions on location at the beach, in the hotel as well as in the pool.

You will cover the following topics.

  • Improving and speeding up your Pop-Up to make more critical drops
  • Duck diving
  • ‘Spot X’ the best place on any given wave for a surfer to take off.
  • Wave forecasting
  • Surfboards and different forms of surfing

Kids Lesson Policy

Safety and professionalism are the cornerstones of surf coaching at Soul & Surf. This is even more true when working with kids, we cannot ask our instructors to go beyond what their qualifications and governing bodies advise them to.

  • Under 6 — we cannot accept on surf guides or lessons.
  • From 6 to 12 — lessons are available if you can demonstrate your child’s swimming ability. Please note however that we require one parent or guardian to be in the water supervising each child at all times, since our instructors will have other guests to attend to. The guardian can not join the same lesson while they are supervising the child.
  • From 12 – 16 — lessons are available with a parent or guardian supervising at the same beach. The guardian may join the same lesson if they wish.

Email us if you need to discuss further.

Guest Reviews

I really enjoyed my stay and had a great time. The Team was great- the team who took care of the house and the food was always lovely and helpful. Sometimes it was a bit hard to communicate in english, but we´ve solved everything. And Adam and Rachel were great hosts- they are really lovely people.

Anne Jacobsen