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It’s no surprise that Sri Lanka has fast become popular as a top surf destination as its budget-friendly, full of helpful and friendly locals and home to some of the best beaches in the world. Weligama Bay is located just 18 minutes away from Mirissa and happens to be one of the best surf spots on the island, attracting surfers of every caliber from around the world.
Once a quaint little fishing village, Weligama today has transformed itself into a lively beach town over the last few years. Even if you’re just a beginner hoping to get started or an intermediary on the lookout to brush up your surf skills during a holiday, then Weligama is your go-to surf town!
The Weligama is especially great for beginners hoping to learn the ropes, or those planning on brushing up on their rusty surf skills before making their way to more advanced surf destinations on the island.
The reason why the waves in Weligama Bay are ideal to get your surf lessons on is due to the fact that the waves are small and consistent. However, as you catch on and start improving your skills, you only have to paddle a bit further on in the Indian Ocean to catch some bigger waves, which is quite convenient. If you’re in search of something more advanced, there are several other surf points outside of Weligama Bay as well.
Weligama Surf Camps
Over 20 surf schools can be found within a 500m radius in Weligama Bay, so those wanting to learn the sport will be faced with no shortage of lessons and professional instructors. Notable camps such as Elsewhere Surf Camp in Weligama to host both professional surfers and newbies. They also offer daily yoga classes, and opting for a surf/ yoga package is a great option.
If you are not too keen to commit to a surf camp, daily lessons can be easily arranged, as Weligama Bay, the main beach area is lined with plenty of surf schools offering both surf rentals and daily lessons.
The Best Time to Surf in Weligama
The island lays claim to a tropical climate, with two monsoon seasons affecting different parts of Sri Lanka at different times of the year. Meaning that its dry somewhere in the country at any given time of the year.
The official surf season in Weligama (South Coast) from October to March. After which the season starting from April to September sees the seasons shifting to the equally famed East Coast of the island. While it’s possible to surf all year -round in Weligama, surfing during the off-season will see you rewarded with lesser crowds, cheaper prices, and larger waves which is a huge plus if you’re an experienced surfer.