Sri Lanka. Land of the mellow longboard wave. | Photography by Tara Shirley-Beaven


The big attraction of surfing this south coast of Sri Lanka is the sheer variety of breaks within a 30-40 minute drive. From lazy longboarding waves to rolling, crumbling beginner waves – all the way to fat A-frames and hollow, shallow reefs – southern Sri Lanka has it all. The surf here and our set-up is suitable for beginners all year long. Improvers through experts have more options available to surf from November to April.


Our Soul of Surfing programme is designed to pass on our love of all things ocean to you. From wave-riding on all kinds of craft (focused for your level, be that beginner, improver, intermediate or beyond) to ocean awareness and activism, to blue health and how the ocean is good for the soul. Way more than your usual ‘pop-up-on-a-foamboard’ Sri Lanka surf school. Take a meander over to our Soul of Surfing page for detailed information about our lessons, ethos and surf levels.

With our Soul of Surfing programme we aim to increase the sense of play (not just success) in the water and give a solid understanding of the soul surfing lifestyle.

Read all about our Soul of Surfing Revolution.

Sri Lanka Surf Lessons

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka is a perfect destination for all surfers. From beginners and improvers to the more advanced, there is a wave to help you develop your surfing and have fun. Whether it is your first surf or you are a seasoned ol’ sea dog, we have tailored surf sessions for all levels. Our instructors can be as hands on or off as you like; we can hold your hand through each wave if you need us to, or we can hide in the shadows of the wave, giving you tips and pointers where necessary.

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A Luxury Surf Camp?

We tend to avoid using the term surf camp, because the surf, yoga, dining and holistic experience we offer is worlds apart from the standard surf camp offering.

A typical surf camp experience would involve simple accommodation, basic catering and is generally aimed at the budget end of the market. We work hard to focus on everything that’s missing at a basic surf camp and consider the whole experience. So some customers have begun referring to us as a luxury surf camp, and that’s a term we are feeling a little more comfortable with.

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Fancy a more pared-down version of our surf lessons? Check our Beachside B&B for drop-in surf sessions, guides and board hire.

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Because you are with us for the whole week we can tailor the week’s lesson plans to each student’s requirements.

Surfing at our luxury Sri Lanka retreat

We keep the instructor to pupil ratio high to give you the individual attention you need, we offer daily video analysis and because we are with you for the whole week we can tailor the week’s lesson plans to each student’s requirements.

We then supplement that with daily Soul of Surfing workshops on surf theory, surf etiquette, ocean literacy, ocean activism, blue health and what soul surfing is all about. This way we make sure that each student develops and progresses not only their surfing ability throughout the week, we aim to increase the sense of play (not just success) in the water and give a solid understanding of the soul surfing lifestyle. 

Soul of Surfing Workshops

For everyone who is interested we run (almost) daily soul of surfing sessions at the hotel in which we will cover the theory session topics mentioned above - as well as specific coverage of blue health, soul surfing and ocean literacy.

Sundowner Sessions

Our afternoon ‘free surfs’ are an extension of our morning lessons and are the perfect opportunity for you to practice what you’ve learnt and to continue to develop your skills, or simply just bob about and watch the sunset. Our instructors and assistants will be on hand, on the beach or in the water with you, to keep you afloat and keep you stoked.

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We'll even show you how to enjoy the wipeouts


Surf Equipment & Preparing For Your Trip

Equipment Available

We have a full stock of boards at your disposal throughout your stay. We’ve got everything from performance shortboards to fun boards, mini-mals, longboards 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 also got all the other stuff you need too – from leashes to wax. Plus we’ll give each of you a Soul & Surf rash vest for your lessons so there is pretty much nothing to bring except for surf/swimwear 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).

Before You Arrive

Of course you can simply dash out of work on a Friday night, hop on a plane and be with us by Saturday. But if you can start some preparations before you leave you will really feel the benefit. Here are a few things to get you going before you get to us, particularly if you are not a regular surfer – and you might want to check out one of our resident yogi’s and surfer Rach’s journal post on ‘getting surf trip fit‘ too.


Watch as much surfing footage as possible, get familiar with how it looks to ride waves 
Look for different types of waves and how different surf spots attract different styles of surfing 
Do 10-20 press ups a day for a month before you come 
Go swimming and set yourself targets which are reachable in terms of endurance in the water 
If you have never surfed before try bodysurfing in the sea 
Try skateboarding if you can, longboards and/or carve boards 
Try to build core strength muscles – work ALL muscle groups in the core 
Hold your breath in the bath or at the pool, time yourself and try to extend 
But honestly – the best preparation for surfing, is surfing 


*Please note, none of this is medical advice, consult your doctor to be sure.

Kids Surf Lessons

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. Here are our guidelines on what surf lessons might be available for your kids:

  • Under 7 — we cannot accept on surf guides or lessons. 
  • From 7 to 12 — lessons are available if you can demonstrate your child’s swimming ability. Please note, unless you book a 1-1 lesson, 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.
  • All ages — we can only accept confident swimmers on surf lessons.

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