The big attraction of surfing this southern coast of Sri Lanka is the sheer variety of breaks within a 30 to 40 minute drive. It’s consistent, the water’s warm, the wind allows you at least 2 sessions a day, most days, from November to April and there’s still a chance to surf a spot alone. We’re not going to lie and lure you in with promises of no crowds. There are crowds. The main spots can get pretty busy at peak times but we know this coastline pretty well and we work with local guides so if you hunt and you’re lucky you will get great waves with just a few of you out.
The bottom line is we love the variety here, from lazy long boarding waves to rolling, crumbling beginners waves to fat A-frames and hollow, shallow reefs southern Sri Lanka has it all. It’s great for learning, it’s great for improving and there’s enough to keep experts happy too.
The wind is either off-shore or non existent most mornings and although there are many days when the on-shores pick up at around 10 or 11am the wind usually drops off at sunset. But if you take a gamble and the wind stays off-shore you can score the best, emptiest waves in the middle of the day.
May to October is when the surf guides become more interesting and we turn into explorers! The low season can be wet, wild and windier so we take a gamble and seek out the sheltered spots and the pay off can be empty waves to ourselves. It won’t be easy though, it can be a tough paddle and a lot of duck diving.
Before You Arrive
Of course you can simply dash our 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 jump on the plane you will really feel the benefit. Here’s a few things to get you going before you get to us, particularly if you are not a regular surfer:
|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 if you can|
|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|
|Unfortunately though, the best preparation for surfing, is surfing.|
Please note, none of this is medical advice, consult your doctor to be sure.
Tim Jones is the International Surfing Association Course Director for Sri Lanka and ISA Advisor to the SFSL. Tim runs regular coaching courses to get locals qualified and trained providing a more sustainable future for surfing in Sri Lanka.
We followed the ISA course in Kabalana in December 2017 and are pleased to say our two Sri Lankan assistants, Kapi & Buddy are now fully qualified ISA coaches.
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