Surfing is a major attribute of the island’s coastal culture. Sri Lanka has been a major surf destination since the 1970s, with the main surf spots located in the South Coast (from December to March), and the East Coast (from July to October). From Hikkaduwa, all the way up to Tangalle, there are reef-break points and surf spots at almost every beach. Only one beach over from Galle, and a 5-minute drive from Fort Bazaar, Dewata Beach has a great surf all year round, especially for beginners. With shallow, white-water waves, Dewata Beach is the perfect place for anyone who would like to learn how to surf. The more advanced-level waves are further back, with offshore winds making clean waves and consistent swells during peak season. The surf lesson at Ahikava Surf School begins with 30 minutes of theory, and demonstration of the basic moves and techniques. This is then followed by a 1 hour practical lesson in the sea with the instructor to help get you up on the waves. Lessons are suitable for everyone; children, beginners or advanced surfers, and the lesson can be customised according to your skill levels.