Surfing is a major part 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 dive spots at almost every beach, with fewer crowds than on the East Coast.
Hikkaduwa Beach, a 20-minute drive south, from Kumu Beach, has great surf, especially for beginners. With shallow, white water waves, Hikkaduwa 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 begins with half an hour 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 session can be customized according to your skill level.