Tripin 2019 - page 31

We begin our wave journey 1 hour
south from the city of Colombo, at
a surfing and party capital since the
seventies, Hikkaduwa. The closest
surf break from the capital has many
reef breaks and beach breaks with
left and right-handed waves for all
levels. Hikkaduwa’s main point is an
‘A frame,’ that works November to
April for more experienced surfers.
It breaks over a reef, so you’ll be
enjoying this spot with many colorful
fish swimming around you. Board
hires and surf lessons are available
for beginners. To quench the
post-surf thirst, I recommend Salty
Swamis (@saltyswamis) for some
great grub and the best coffee on
the island.
Traveling further south and just a
half an hour tuk tuk ride we reach
the historically rich town of Galle
and the bay beach of Dewata.
Here, there are scatterings of small
restaurants, bars and surf hire shops.
It’s a perfect place for beginners
and has a consistent beach break.
Also, the beach is next to one of my
favourite places in the south, the
eccentric Galle Fort.
If you’re looking for more serious
waves, take a short drive along Galle
road to the village of Kabalana,
where you’ll find a real Sri Lankan
gem. A long white sand beach, local
stick fisherman and an ‘A frame’ surf
break. This break is known as ‘The
Rock’. The wave is best suited to
intermediate to advanced surfers
and with a small selection of surf hire
available, but best to BYOB (bring
your own board). This wave has a
steep takeoff, early barrel selection
(in the right conditions), with a
hittable lip for perfecting cutbacks.
To the left of ‘The Rock’ is Kabalana
beach break, which is better suited
for all levels. In my eyes, this is one of
the most beautiful strips in the south.
Frequently, the days end with pink
sunset skies setting over some of the
best waves you’ll find in south Asia.
So, it’s no surprise that Kabalana is
where my husband and I chose to
begin our boutique accommodation
‘Gitano House’ (@gitano_house),
which opened at the end of 2018 and
a five-minute walk from ‘The Rock’.
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