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Talalla Surf welcomes guests from all over the world and all year round to this week-long surf camp which provide people the opportunity to experience something unique if you’re new to surfing with their world-class beginner 'level one' surf coaching, and a big dose of fun! The coaches have decades of surfing experience and unparalleled on-ground knowledge and they focus on empowering and encouraging the guests to get the most learning, progression and enjoyment from their surfing experience. This level one program has been designed specifically for guests who have none or just a bit of previous surfing experience, being that in whitewash or green waves, and Talalla Surf can guarantee that you will have a much fun and valuable experience! Come solo, with your partner, or a group of friends and you will be sharing great times with like-minded people both in and out of the Indian Ocean.
The camp is based from the beautiful Talalla Retreat where you will be surrounded by a beachfront, relaxed environment that welcomes great times shared with like-minded people. They are able to offer multiple accommodation types for your stay, ranging from the ‘Sea View Villas’, to the luxurious poolside ‘Deluxe Villas’ and the fun and sociable environment of the ‘Bungalow’, with something to fit every budget.
Nestled on the forefront of the Talalla Retreat, grounds are the newest accommodation boasting expansive views of tropical gardens and blue waters of Talalla Beach. Villas located on the ground floor feature authentic Sri Lankan furniture, fabrics and air conditioning. Located meters from the beach, the open-air pavilion of the second floor features private balcony, reading desk and ceiling fans. All villas have open-air bathrooms allowing natural light and providing views of the coconut palms. One Luxury Sea View Villa on the top floor offers a timber paneled ceiling and air-conditioning. This is Talalla’s most luxury villa.
Deluxe Room is equipped with a beautiful four-poster bed, an expansive open-air bathroom, secluded balcony, and a view through the palms make this room a definite repeat guest favorite! Be sure to bring along your favorite book for an afternoon read on the balcony to wind down from an adventure filled day of surfing and yoga. The ideal room for anyone who loves open spaces, fresh air, and a beautiful connection to nature.
The Deluxe Room - ground floor villas are the perfect place to relax and unwind in privacy whilst still feeling connected to your jungle surrounds. These villas include a rustic four poster bed, beautiful open-air ensuite bathroom and a front decking with space to unwind after your days Surf and Yoga adventures. They are perfect for those who want to experience the beauty Talalla has to offer in a more private setting.
The Bungalow (private rooms) is by far the best way to experience all Talalla has to offer on a budget. The beautifully set rooms in a traditional Sri Lankan styled bungalow still allow you to have access to Talalla’s beautiful grounds, pool, and Surf & Yoga facilities (extra charge), while still having the privacy offered from a private room. The Bungalow includes a common living area and front balcony with shared bathrooms. This allows you to experience the Talalla Surf Camp or Yoga Retreat whilst working around your own budget.
The dorm is the perfect place to hang out in between your Surf & Yoga Sessions. With direct access to the beautiful Talalla grounds and pool on your doorstep this is as good as budget traveling gets. Don’t focus on the room size because this is not where you will be spending your time. Talalla is all about adventure and this is the best way to get access to this adventure on a budget!
The programs run from Sunday to Saturday and this is so that the guests can get the most out of their time during the surf camp, with a natural progression from day to day. Talalla Surf & Yoga also runs small surf groups, with a maximum number of six surfers per group in the Level 1 (beginner) program. Talalla Surf & Yoga will take you through the week with a step by step approach that will allow you to have a natural progression and build a strong foundation for your surfing skills so you can work on catching green waves as the week progresses and when you go back and surf on your own. The whitewash sessions are great for getting the right technique and ocean awareness; whilst for the remainder of the week, you will be going for green waves where you consolidate the things you learned in the whitewater. level 1 is a great opportunity to get rid of any bad habits or learn the correct technique from the beginning!
More so, you can combine the stoke of surfing with the bliss of our surf-tailored yoga program and get the ultimate retreat experience that will leave you feeling both energized and restored - just what you need to get the most out of our stay with Talalla Surf & Yoga.
You will have daily sessions to make the most of the conditions and will surf until your group’s stoke is satisfied! Talalla Surf & Yoga's policy on their surf coaching sessions is “surf until you're done”, the coaches don’t have a timer and are not there to interrupt your session.
Your group will have its own dedicated surf coach who will pay individual attention to each person within the group to make sure that you guys get the most out the coaching and progress to your own goals. These sessions will occur at the surf break most appropriate for you and your progression.
You will have a videographer also coming down with you and your coach to each session to film each of your waves, this way your surf coach can break down your technique and progression more specifically once you are back at the surf camp, during your daily video review sessions.
In this interactive on-land session, usually used in conjunction with your video reviews, your surf coach will use a combination of surf theory elements and training equipment to help you work on your ocean awareness and emphasize the correct body movements and postures to facilitate your surfing confidence and progression.
The program starts on Sunday with an intro meeting in the evening (18:30) and this is where Talalla Surf & Yoga welcomes you guys to the program and introduce you to the week's schedule and logistics prior to your first surf session early Monday morning.
The following Saturday is departure day and there will be no more activities so you are free to plan it as you wish, just to let you know that Talalla Surf & Yoga has a Friday evening event where they show you guys a video with the best moments of the week and this is usually followed by a drink or two.
Raised on Australia’s South West coast Garrett was drawn to the ocean at a young age. Having completed studies in physiotherapy, surf coaching, and yoga, Garrett draws on each of these components in his coaching style. Garrett is passionate about exploring and creating different training techniques to prepare your mind and body for the experience of surfing; and creates personalized rehabilitation programs to keep surfing accessible even for those with current or previous injuries. Garrett loves to ride Sri Lanka’s hidden waves on a variety of equipment from shortboards, longboards, etc.
As a pure-bred Australian with wispy blonde hair, beautiful surfing style, and a secret talent for the guitar; Tim is your real life version of the dictionary definition for ‘surfer’. How he managed to accomplish a degree in mechanical engineering whilst acquiring these other skills is beyond comprehension; however it is these studies that allow Tim to provide his clear, concise and step-by-step approach to surf coaching that our past guests just love. Renowned for his vicarious ability for stoke; “If his guests are happy he is happy.”; you will rarely see Tim without a smile.
Born in land-locked Zimbabwe but moving to Australia at a young age, Andy’s sense of adventure and passion for surfing and the ocean in general is infectious. A much loved member of the team, Andy brings a dynamic and positive attitude to his surf coaching. He draws significantly from his tertiary studies in physical education to help guide guest’s surfing progression no matter what their previous experience. Known to be constantly pushing his own limits in surfing, Andy understands the patience and commitment required in acquiring a new wave riding skill with confidence.
Talalla Retreat is located in the beautiful seaside village of Talalla, in a privileged and secluded beach spot away from the crowds that faces the Indian Ocean. The closest main city is Matara which is about 25 minutes away on a tuk-tuk. The surf camp is located in a prime position to take advantage of the waves both on the east and west side of Dondra, the southern tip of Sri Lanka. The surf coaches are all incredibly professional and have lived in South Sri Lanka for a number of years and have a lot of secret spots and uncrowded waves up their sleeves for you to take advantage of.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the package so you will be sure to always feel ready before the surf, and reward yourself with delicious food after too! The restaurant's buffet has a great variety of freshly prepared dishes to choose from, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, local and international as well as fresh pastas and salads. Breakfast tea and coffee are also included.
Get yourself over this side and Talalla Surf & Yoga will show you how getting immersed with surfing and yoga in a fascinating culture and environment like south Sri Lanka is exactly the experience you are looking for. They will be taking you on our surf trucks and exploring secret spots along the south coast so you can be sure to see some of the most beautiful beaches Sri Lanka has to offer. If you’re looking to do some local sightseeing as well, rice paddies, temples, and markets are just a tuk-tuk away and you’re welcome to explore them in your free time! Extra massages and treatments are also available to book at the resort's Spa.
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
Transfer available for additional US$110 per person
You can take a bus from Colombo to Matara.
Take a train from Colombo to Matara.
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