The Maldives may be the Indian Ocean’s Jewel of the Crown but it’s neighbour Sri Lanka is a true hidden gem and arguably the best place in the World to learn to surf.
If you’re not quite sure, Sri Lanka is the small teardrop shaped island that lies vulnerably underneath India. With Westerly, Southerly and Easterly facing coastline, it’s smoothly contoured shore grabs a watered down version of the same swells that light up Indonesia and waves break into a selection of reefs, point breaks and long beaches.
It’s a watered down version of the same swells that light up Indo, but most surfers think it’s flat meaning small crowds and therefore plenty of waves. For the enthusiastic beginner, the user-friendly breaks rarely get big enough to be scary and for the intermediate surfer the majority of the reef breaks are buried in sand and slope gently towards the shore, meaning you’re unlikely to hit the bottom when you wipeout.
Two weeks of beachside accommodation, colourful curries, surf instruction and flights work out at the same price as a fortnight in Europe. Add the day trips to elephant sanctuaries, exotic national parks, an unforgettable cultural experience that money can’t buy and the fact that your pre-surf prep is whacking on some suncream, whilst jogging to the waves in boardshorts and it makes the Euro look rather weak…
Join us next March for a three week Sri Lankan roadtrip of a lifetime.