The South-western Coast
Sri Lanka, an island shaped by the tears in India, is the destination with latitude greater and more reliable surfisticamente in the Indian Ocean. The south coast is open to the same smooth, long-distance SW swells that hit Indonesia. Arugam Bay in the East coast of Sri Lanka, was a popular stopover area for surfers who crossed Asia in the ’70s, but travel to this area were interrupted in 1983 with the advent of the civil war between the ” Tamil tigers “and the Sri Lankan government. The surfers, the waves are forced to seek somewhere else, they do not take them long to discover Hikkaduwa reef. Over the years, the area to the southwest, has become a popular place where you can relax and surf, as it is cheap, safe and full of local color. The variety of Hikkaduwa reef, favor the formation of lefts waves that are formed in a perfect manner thanks to the small and clean swell that hit the area. The most consistent spot is the Main Reef, located in front of the Surfing Beach Surf House, which sends funny left and right on a coral reef. E ‘often crowded and characterized by localism. Further north there is Benny’s, an outer reef reachable by a 5 minutes rowing, offering the Left radicals can withstand even large Swell. Another spot to check with large swell is North Jetty, with its long lefts. Further south of Main Reef’s Inside Reef, another spot with decent power lefts waves. From here down there are a long line of beachbreak that, varying in size and power, offer many entertainment possibilities for both beginners and bodyboarder (there are also a couple of heavy shorebreak). When the swell is growing extent, it forms a surfabile wave in the mouth of the river, even though the water may be very dirty. Gallè is located to the south of Hikkaduwa and is the most interesting colonial cities in the area. In the dock right outside the city breaks a great wave but, needing special conditions, it is not very consistent. A little ‘further east there Kogalla, where there are two luxury hotels. The Reef here are quite covered by the multiplicity of swell that hit the area, but when the sea comes in, the left becomes excellent. Midigama is a small village even further east, which is still less consistent Hikkaduwa and also more exposed to winds from the S. Here are 2 spots: a long, soft left, and a more powerful right that breaks over a very low reef . One of the advantages of this area is undoubtedly the less crowded than the Hikkaduwa spot. The beachbreak in Weligama may be ridden with very small swell, even when the entire south coast is flat. In Matara is spoken of a good left wave, and SK Town Beach is the perfect spot for beginners and intermediate surfers, with his long beachbrack with A-Frame wave, while at Dondra a right, but both these waves need a little ‘wind from N to be on top, which in this area is rare. Even more to the east there are the legendary Arugam Bay right. In this area the guerrilla activity is a real problem so the surfers are always advised to be careful.