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Safa Surf Camp is a locally owned and run surf business that resides in the eastern Sri Lankan coastal town, Arugam Bay. We want you to learn how to surf in a unique opportunity with the locals who will never fail at putting a grin on your face. We also support our community by employing and training local fishermen in surf as their knowledge of the ocean, currents and tides is immense. This is a beautiful started for all of you searching for wellness and also wants to learn surfing while enjoying the beauty of Sri Lanka in style.
Our surf specific courses run from Saturday to Saturday each week, and with warm waters, some of the world's most consistent and uncrowded surfing waves, delicious food, stunning beaches, this is the best destination to learn to surf or improve your surfing skills.
Early afternoon arrival, relax and settle in, meet with Fawas who will give you an introduction to the resort and the program for the week. Fawas will join at 19:00 at the restaurant for in the common Surf Camp table where you will get the chance to meet the other surfers who will be joining you for your week of surfing.
08:30 you'll be met by your coach who will select a board suitable for your first session. The only other things you'll need to take with you to the beach are your board shorts or bikini, your brand spanking new SAFA Surf Camp rash vest and of course heaps of enthusiasm.
We are going by tuk tuk to take the 10-15 minute ride to the beach and on the way well have a chat to you about why Sri Lanka is such an ideal place to learn to surf.
At the beach we split up in to groups based on your surfing ability (if any) that way you'll be in a group with a handful of other surfers that are at the same level yourat, learning skills that are relevant to you. You will never have to wait for others to keep up, or feel left behind if you need extra practice. Your coach will usually spend the first 10-15 minutes on the sand explaining a new skill or setting a drill and then it's straight out into the surf in the warm Indian Ocean.
After 90 minutes at the beach we all get in to the tuk tuk (smiling ear to ear I might add) and head for home. Once everyones had a quick shower and a refreshing drink we sit down for a theory session in the comfort of the sea view upstairs. We often review video from the beach in between surfs, on your first day we will probably be discussing the importance of stance and the mechanics of surfing.
After your theory class and a quick Q&A it's normally time for lunch and midafternoon we all head back down to the beach for another coaching session. When we get back from the beach there's the optional of an afternoon yoga class at 16:30 and your perfect day ends with a delicious banquet of fresh organic Sri Lankan cuisine and a few cold ones with the gang.
Although our timetable can vary and change due to local tides and conditions, it's usually much nicer to get up early after your first day and head straight to the beach to surf so after a quick Banana and a coffee we jump into the tuk tuk and off we go.
After your 07:00 coaching session we come back to a well-earned breakfast followed by a theory class which will help take all the mystical voodoo out of surfing. You'll then have a bit of free time before lunch where you can simply relax and enjoy your new luxe home away from home.
We head back to the beach at around 14:00, which means that when we get back from the beach there's the optional of an afternoon yoga class at 16:30. At 19:00 one of our coaches will swing by the hotel and meet all the guests for dinner a few cold beers.
Its usually on day four of a surf trip that you wake up in the morning feeling a little worn out. You can minimize this by preparing for your trip but you still need, and deserve a day of rest. Although you may just prefer to sleep in and simply relax, unwind and enjoy the town, beach, jungle and delicious food.
Your mid-week day off from surfing also means you can take advantage the abundance of wildlife, beauty and culture which is amazingly diverse for somewhere so small. We can also help you arrange any number of tours and excursions including trips to Yala eat National park, day trip with local food and temple and lagoon tour and kayaking.
After your day off from surfing you should be feeling refreshed and ready to hit the waves again so we all wake up early for the weekly dawn patrol session. Getting to the beach at dawn and before anyone else I might add is a uniquely rewarding experience that everyone needs to try at least once.
Although it can be a little tough pulling you out of bed at 06:00 everyone is always glad they did it and there's absolutely nothing like jumping in the sea for dawn surf, it's mechanically offshore in the morning and the surfs always at its best.
After a big breakfast we normally review the morning's video which usually allows people to set their own personal goals for their afternoon Session. There's a bit more free time between sessions later in the week so you are able to shop, sight see and dinner in the evening with one of your surf coaches too.
The last day is always the most fun, and has the usual two 90 minute in water coaching sessions, daily classroom theory. In the evening everyone gathers for a few beers before dinner and our media team puts on a photo slideshow of the weeks surfing highlights, which is always a hoot. We all say our goodbye's and usually swap contact details with the friends we've made during the week too and after the dinner we are normally arrange a part or all surfers who have saying in our camp.
Guest's normally spend Saturday morning packing up and settling their room bill, for things like transport, excursions, snacks and drinks. Check out is at around 12:00 but if you don't have to leave until later in the day you can grab a board and head to the beach if you decide you want final surf.
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There is always something happening in Arugam Bay from a Buddhist festival to an elephant siting so our experienced staff and instructors will make sure youre involved. We can arrange all of the following if not already inclusive of your package:
A day with a local to experience the food and culture
Camping inside national park or beach camping
Fishing with the locals
Lagoon tours in a kayak
Rent a scooter to see the village
Trips to temples with accompanied knowledge from guide
Yala East National park tours
You should arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Hambantota Airport (HRI) and Safa Surf Camp will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up and drop off to both airports is included in the price.
"We booked in advance to stay for a week but ended up staying until our flight to Sri Lanka, too bad it took off, as did everyone else we met at the camp."
"The staff is awesome! Any request is answered with "no problem, why not" and a smile. The location is a 10 minute walk from the town which is great if you want to be in the middel of it all or if you like some peace and quiet, you can chill on the camp's private beach, play snooker, or try your luck on the slack line. Don't hesitate, just book! "
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"My sister and I stayed in a camp just for one week this month. The main aim, and actually my desired dream, was learning to surf as much as possible even in such a short period of time. Safa Surf Camp turned to be an ideal place for this plan. We were surfing twice a day meeting the sunrise and sunset on the waves. I cannot remember a more breathtaking experience than I ever had! We were lucky to have the first lesson with Fawas, who is a brilliant instructor and helped me to be on a wave from the first day. We had encouraging and sometimes very funny surf sessions with him, Rashid and Ali every day. What's more, we had necessary video classes, where we could watch our morning surfing in slow motion, discuss it, find mistakes and make a personal golden rule for the next session. All guys were not just teachers, they also spent lots of time with us as if they were leaders in a children's camp. We had a great, funny, and productive time there for sure! And of course, my thanks to Hubaith for the amazing videos and Sukki for nice breakfast! Hope to see everyone in the camp again!"
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"I called Fawas up the day I was about to arrive and he set my wife and I up with a room and myself with a surf lesson and board. After our first lesson, he suggested that what I needed most was practice and arranged vehicles and board for the next several days. He gave me one more theory lesson and video review. I have taken surf lessons in Bali, China, and California and this was by far the most I have ever learned. Fawas breaks it down very practically and makes it easy to focus on one thing at a time to improve. The way he times the lessons, which is very early in the morning, and the locations he chooses, guarantee lots of waves and a really awesome Sri Lankan surf experience. He clearly set up his camp because he loves and cares about surfing and sharing it with the world. While the accommodations are fairly simple, they are more than adequate and it is awesome to be so close to the beach in such a quiet space with so much space. The food is great and the rest of his team is friendly and welcoming. Fawas is also passionate about sharing his knowledge of his home country and can arrange tours around the area if you are interested in a safari, checking out the mangroves, or local cultural sites."
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"Went to Whiskey point which, although a little crowded, was a great place to hone or learn surf skills. The guys who took us were really helpful and understanding."
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"I met fawas the owner of Safa surf school in Arugam Bay while in the water trying to catch a wave. He saw me battling and came in a very friendly way to support me and help me. He shared his passion with me and ambitious plans to develop surfing in Arugam Bay for the youth. He is kind and knows a lot about surfing and does not hesitate a second to share his extensive knowledge."
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"I booked in for the 1 week wellness package. 2 weeks later I'm still here and not planning on leaving any time soon!! I found the structure of the practical and theory lesson the perfect way to learn how to surf. They really break things down and explain everything really well, so u no how and why things work. The instructors are all amazing always happy to help but they don't baby you so u actually learns. The accommodation is amazing a lil piece of paradise, youre not going to find people waiting on your every whim here but that's why it's so awesome. It feels like a home away from home."
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