Surfing in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka offers year-round surfing due to the monsoon seasons that work in opposite coasts during the year. The east coast is best for surfing during the months of July and August though May – September in general could offer suitable swells and breaks for one to enjoy. The west coast and south coast are best during December and March though November to April offers suitable weather conditions for the surfers to enjoy.
Arugam Bay on the east coast is undoubtedly the best surfing spot in Sri Lanka. Known as one of the top 10 best surfing points in the world, Arugam Bay has its own annual international surfing competition that brings in many experiential travellers to the country. Arugam Bay offers three main point breaks: "The Point", "Pottuvil Point" and "Crocodile Rock". The Point is the main break right in Arugam Bay and gives a 400-meter ride with up to a 6 foot swell. An hour's ride to the North will take you to Pottuvil Point which gives an 800 meter ride with a 4-5 feet swell. Crocodile Rock which is an hour's ride to the south and a twenty minute walk along the beach is the perfect spot for the beginner/intermediate surfer or long board enthusiast.
Hikkaduwa, on the south west coast, has been a famous surf destination since it was "found" in the 1960s. Besides the popular Hikkaduwa surfing point in Wewla, Kabalana, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa and Matara offer some of the best waves in the south coast of Sri Lanka.
Windsurfing in Sri Lanka
The season for windsurfing in Sri Lanka is similar to that of Surfing. The south west coast and south coast are better between November and April and the east coast during May to October.
Bentota in the west coast is the best wind-surfing destination for amateurs and professionals alike. Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Midigama, Polhena and Tangalle Beaches are the most popular for windsurfing with its rivers and lagoons for the beginners and the ocean for the more advanced wind surfer.
The North jetty in Hikkaduwa offers long right waves with hollow sections while Benny's point offers fast left waves over sharp reef and shallow waters which is more suitable for the pros that know the area well. The main reef in Hikkaduwa offer both right and left waves for intense wind surfing at times for the experienced as well as the relaxing and enjoyable wind surfing for the amateurs. Hikkaduwa lagoon is best for the beginners to try their hands at windsurfing before adventuring in to the ocean.
The more western lagoons in Kalutara and Negombo and the Blogoda lake are also alternate windsurfing locations. Negombo beach affords the opportunity for beginners and the experienced.
Nilaveli and Uppuveli beaches in Trincomalee are the best wind surfing distinations in the east coast.