Surf guide Arugam Bay: intermediate / advanced.
Traveler’s welcome to the beautiful East coast of Arugam bay. In this article, we share with you a guide of the best and most fun surf spots for beginners. Giving you the answers to your questions. So, let’s get started by introducing the town. And after that our first spot and the most famous one by far!
Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break. Many regard it as the best surf spot in the country.
It’s a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road that parallels the coast. So, in other words, the epitome of the laid-back beach scene that first drew surfers to Sri Lanka.
The town can get very busy as it is the main surf town on the East coast. If you are looking for a more chilled vibe, then avoid the months of July and August (high season).
The most famous surf spot in A-bay is just 3 minutes from the center of town and our camp. It is very easy to find, located just after “Baby point”.
It’s a classic regional point break with what’s potentially a long, 50-150 m ride coming off a series of boulders. The bottom is a sand mixed reef, which is why most total beginners stick to the mini point that’s just on the other side (baby point). So choose wisely your place of entry and exit. You can observe or ask the local surfers for help or tips during your session. On big days it can barrel if you are lucky enough for the wind to stay low.
Another short tuk-tuk ride away is Whiskey point. A pretty surf break where you can camp out overnight and catch an early morning set. The wave at Whiskey Point is just about as chilled as it’s possible to get. With generally soft, easy-going rights that break off a boulder point, it makes the perfect place to perfect your surfing skills.
It strings the shore just outside of the small village and lagoon of Komari, by the crumbled remains of an old WWII lighthouse.
It is composed of two right-hand peaks when conditions are good. One is good for starters but the other is better suited to experienced surfers, coming with a boulder-sand bottom. Note how the waves at Lighthouse get faster throughout the season, as the sandbanks bulk up during the dry season swell.
Okanda is one of the furthest surf spots from Arugam Bay – expect a 45-minute drive or more, so best to leave earlier than your scheduled session.
Not one, not two, but three individual point breaks await you here. They cater to a range of different levels but are generally strong intermediate and above. Things can get windy due to exposure, though the waves hold up well to a massive 8-10 ft on swell days.
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