Surfing is one of the most convenient leisure activities in Sri Lanka. This due to the fact that the nation is covered totally by a pristine and breath-taking coast as well as a majestic Ocean. It has been a popular surf destination since the 1970s. The island's jagged south coast starting from the historic city of Galle upto Tangalle consists of delightful coral-protected bays and headlands and offers a greater diversity of beaches than the southwest coast. At Weligama, Midigama, Mirissa and Matara - surfers prowl the shores in search of some of the best waves in Sri Lanka. Dickwella has some of the island's best dive spots and Tangalle offers secluded, uninterrupted cove like beaches.
Weligama is a great place to learn to surf. There are many lefts and rights that appear at different tides. Holds up to 5ft in a big swell, kook carnage. Expect learner drop-ins and to make some new buddies out the back. As Weligama is in a sheltered bay it is protected somewhat from the wind, if the rest of the coast is blown out and a bit mushy there is a good chance it will be working here. With a bit of skill you can get a decent 400m ride on a slow, low power wave.
Surf boards can be rented in town and surfing lessons for beginners can be organised. Dedicated surfers, who know these waves well, return each year to experience the thrilling waves and the relatively secluded beaches. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy Sri Lanka's surf. Beginners can also take lessons with a private instructor. Fees start from around 30$ per hour plus the board hire which will be around 10$ per day.