Surfing in Sri Lanka perfect for beginners: ‘warm waters, fascinating culture’ part of the experience

 

Surfing in Sri Lanka is perfect for learners, says the South China Morning Post, which rates our beginner beaches second only to the Hainan centre in China itself.

Alf Alderson writes that “warm waters and a fascinating culture are part and parcel of surfing in Sri Lanka”, and that “the coastline around the southwest coast has great beginner waves”.

And it singles out Reef End Surf School, which “offers one-on-one lessons at an area of Hikkaduwa Beach set aside for beginners”.

 

So what makes for great surfing? “As American surfing legend Phil Edwards once put it: ‘The best surfer is the one having the most fun.’ In other words, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the waves.”

A good surf school will not only provide you with all the gear, including a wetsuit (if needed) and the right board, but tailor lessons to suit your level of experience and what you want to achieve.

Writes Alf: “As British big wave surfer Gabe Davies told me, to nail the sport involves a blend of focus, training, ocean knowledge, fitness and the correct equipment.”

 

On that subject, a softshell beginner’s board makes learning quicker as they are more forgiving than a regular board, and the soft shell means it will hurt far less when (not if!) you collide with it.

Says Alf: “Ideally, when choosing a destination for your first foray into the surf, it’s best to head for where the water is warm enough that you only need to wear a lightweight, thin wetsuit to stay warm, or better still, no wetsuit at all.

“This will make paddling easier, which is a major consideration since paddling out through line after line of breaking waves is invariably the most physically demanding part of surfing, whether you are a beginner or expert.”

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