After surviving an emotionally and physically abusive stepfather, multiple arrests, six years in high school, and time in drug rehab, I managed to become a lawyer and business owner. However, after overcoming such odds, I quickly became disillusioned with society’s version of success.
When asked about where to find the best surfing spots in the world, most people would answer Hawaii or Bali. Well, they are both right and wrong at the same time.
Separated from Europe by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is often considered an extension of the Old Continent by passionate wave riders. Having been pinned on the surf map ever since the 1950s, the country has become a stronghold for surfers from far and wide, who flock to its awesome waves to escape the cold winters back home.
When you think about a vacation in Greece, chances are you will conjure images of visiting ancient sites, soaking up the sun on the beaches, and eating many amazing meals. While that’s certainly the case for most travelers, there are others who want to explore the wilder side of the country.
With azure blue waters, lush tropical forests, rich cultural heritage and laid-back atmosphere, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise. Thanks to the consistent swells from the Indian Ocean, its variety of waves and delicious, cheap food, Sri Lanka is a dream destination for beginner surfers and experienced wave hunters alike.
Regardless of the swell, most waves in Sri Lanka are gentle enough for beginners to learn to surf and for intermediate surfers to progress. There is a wide variety of mellow waves breaking over a sandy bottom to choose from at Weligama, Hikkaduwa and near Arugam Bay.
The south-west coast is home to some of the most popular surfing spots on the island: Gallé, Lazy Left (Midigama), Matara, North Jetty (Hikkaduwa), Unawatuna Bay, Weligama. On the south-east coast, Arugam Bay is the mecca of surfing in Sri Lanka, hosting annual international surfing competitions. Other excellent surf spots are: Okanda, Panama Rights, Pottuvil Point, Peanut Farm.
There are two distinct surfing seasons on either side of the tropical island. Sri Lanka does not have an off-season – when the monsoon hits one coast of the country, the other is still dry. This means that you can surf quality waves in boardshorts all year round!
1,340 km (833 mi)
West Coast, November to March | East Coast, April to October
West Coast, January to April | East Coast, May to July
Weligama Bay, Hikkaduwa, Arugam Bay, Pottuvil Point, Galle
Midigama, Mirissa Left, Weligama Reef Break
Mirissa Right, Weligama Beach Break
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