Tripin 2019 - page 33

If you find yourself further south, the next stop would be the
town of Midigama, which much like Sri Lanka itself offers
something for everyone. Lazy Lefts and Rights live up to their
name with a slow fat beginner wave and a little extra surprise
with the swarms of turtle’s bopping about with you out in
the break. A few minutes walk towards the next town is the
surf spot ‘Rams’, a barrelling right hand reef break suited for
advanced surfers only. If tube time is your bag, then Rams is
the place for you.
Next door is Weligama and this bay may be the most well
known beach for beginners. Many people I know, both locals
and visitors, began their surfing career right here amongst
these gentle beach breaks. To me, the most special place in
Weligama is to the right at the iconic Taprobane Island. When
the waves aren’t working anywhere else, Taprobane is a sure
thing. Just opposite you will find the much loved ‘Bunkyard
Hostel’ (@bunkyardhostel) with double and dorm rooms
available, its the ideal place to kick back and relax after a day
on the waves.
Traveling a further 10 minutes south via tuk tuk is Mirissa. A
very popular beach with a headland you cannot peel your
eyes away from. Dreamy, thick palms and a turquoise right
hand point break. The last time I surfed here we were riding
over schools of Parrotfish, superb! Be sure to walk out close
to the point to avoid the jutting rocks and sea urchins. Mirissa
is spoilt for places to eat and grab a drink. A favourite of ours
is Zephyr Bar and Restaurant (@zephyr_restaurant_bar).
It’s unique style; fresh produce, high quality cocktails and
welcoming atmosphere make it a spot not to miss.
Back on the road and just before hitting the major town of
Matara, you’ll find a superbly lush coastline with both left and
right handed reef breaks called Madiha. It’s a quieter spot to
surf and with that comes a lot of charm. Get in quick before
everyone puts it on their surfing program.
The south coast of Sri Lanka is a smorgasbord of breaks.
There are many more consistent surfing spots (like Coconuts,
Jungle Beach, Weligama and Hiriketiya) that break most
days of the year. But there are also many more spots that I
haven’t named, which work only in the right swell and wind
conditions. These spots remain for the intrepid surfer seeking
solitude (besides the occasional local and turtle). Come on
down to the south of this superb country, get salty and enjoy
all it has to offer. The highlight is the truly extraordinary
feeling of freedom. Happy hunting.
Catch you out in the surf!
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