Surf’s Up: Why Sri Lanka Is The Next Surfer’s Paradise

When it comes to surfing, there are a huge amount of places around the world that are big contenders, and if you’re a pro, you might think you have the whole thing sussed out. It turns out, however, that there might be a great deal more to the sport than you ever realized; by broadening your horizons, you can stumble across something truly magical.

Sri Lanka might be renowned for its sunkissed beaches and tropical climate, but venture a little further out to sea and you can find something entirely at odds with its laid back lifestyle. Home to some of the best waves this side of anywhere, the country is a must see for any keen surfer, offering incredible conditions throughout the year.

While other areas of the world might have both on and off seasons, Sri Lanka is one of the best places to go all year round. Tourism-wise, the official off season is between November and April, yet this is the time during which the local beaches can experience some of their best waves. With winds picking up from the southwest, you’re best served hitting the beach at this time for a constant stream of medium sized waves. You might not be getting the same kind of swell as during the on season, but it’s more than worth making the trip out to the country.

Surfing all day leads to celebrating all night, and if you’re looking for the ultimate post-surf spot, Sri Lanka has you well covered. With surf spots attracting increasing numbers of people from around the world, finding a place that is well populated enough for a little fun is a walk in the park. Towns like Mirissa and Hikkaduwa pull in the big crowds, so you’re guaranteed to meet some likeminded individuals along the way. Want to travel a little further afield? No problem. Transport links in the country are famously cheap, meaning you can hop from one surf spot to another with ease.

There’s so much more to the country’s beaches than simply catching waves; across the nation, surfing is not just a pastime, but also an integral part of the wellness lifestyle. In many of the travel resorts, yoga and Ayurvedic therapies are big news, giving you a first hand opportunity to explore a new way of life. Your next trip to the country can be all about a total detox, so try to make full use of these experiences.

Filled with luxury retreats and offering up some of the best swells the ocean has to offer, Sri Lanka is a true surfer’s paradise. Regardless of whether you’re familiar with the sport, the country is a great place to get acquainted with a relaxed way of life, perfect for kicking back and simply enjoying the view

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.