While advanced surfers tend to see Sri Lanka as a ‘stop-off’ destination between Europe and Australia, the island is a tropical haven for intermediates. Whatever your ability, you’re certain to score some fun waves. And with friendly people, a laid-back vibe and a fascinating ancient culture, you’re guaranteed to have an awesome trip.
This photo is of Kabalana in South West Sri Lanka, not far from the vibrant city of Galle.
1. The Rock
The main break at Kabalana, known as ‘The Rock’, is a great A-Frame reef break where most of the surfers flock to in winter. It works best early morning so get up with the sun. It can get crowded and can hold a good size, with decent lefts and rights best suited for shortboarders when it’s really working.
2. The Beach
Kabalana beach break is also great for beginners, and is a well-used location for local surf schools and surf camps. There’s quite an international scene growing around this area these days.
3. South Beach Point
South Beach Point, just north of Kabalana, is a mellow reef break for longboarders. It’s also a good option to checkout when Kabalana and The Rock get too much swell.
Kabalana is about three hours south of Colombo International airport. The best season for surf is November through to March.