Our favourite surfing breaks on Sri Lanka's South Coast

The Surf at Camp Poe

Sri Lanka's south coast is a paradise found for all surfers. The best waves arrive in October until mid May. From perfect sandy beaches for beginners, easy shore breaks for intermediates to great reef breaks for the experienced. There's a perfect wave for everyone.

For level one you are assured to having waves all year round. In the off season, there are still sheltered breaks on offer for the more experienced surfer. The Camp Poe team are surfing all year round and can find fun waves with you!

Surf guides are available, for more information please email us at camppoe@gmail.com
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,,I'm Bruno Pitanga from Brasil. I've been teaching surf, kite, Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) Wave and Race, and this will be my second season in Sri Lanka. I'm super excited about being back at out in SL and working exclusively with the team at Camp Poe. This is going to be a great season and I'm looking forward to exploring and discovering Sri Lanka with our guests.

I've got 36 years surf experience and I'm a professional surf, kite & Sup coach. I'm lucky enough to be a two x Brasilian master Sup Champion and 4 x place Brasilian kite wave pro. "
Where to surf with us in Sri Lanka
Surf spots
Opposite Camp Poe we have our local break "Sticks," named after the world famous Stick Fishermen of Ahangama. This reef break delivers both lefts & rights depending on the conditions and can offer some nice barrelling sections. On smaller days, Sticks is suitable for every level of surfer and great for the long boarder. With a bigger swell, it's only suitable for the more advanced.

Within 2 minutes walk from the camp just across the road you can ride "MarshMellows" one of our favourite reef breaks. As the name refers to it you get very easy and mellow waves perfect for every level of surfers on smaller days, however with a bigger swell it can be more challenging so it's recommended for more advanced surfers. There are long lefts and long rights you can ride just on your own as this break never really gets crowded.


This stretch of beach offers sand bottom breaks for every level of surfer. Only minutes away, this area is best from October through to May. A long stretch of white water for absolute beginners, and depending on the day, a magical left opens up for the experienced surfer. This is the perfect beach to hangout for the day with many local cafes and restaurants to choose from.

"The Rock"
A short walk from Camp Poe, you will find "The Rock" This is located on Kabalana beach and is literally a large boulder rising above the waterline. It is one of the best waves on the South Sri Lankan Coast.. Fun and consistent waves for intermediates on small days, and powerful waves for the experienced on others. From a large gnarly barrelling left & right peak with a vertical take to other days offering a long left with makable barrelling sections.
"Devils Island"
This reef break is positioned beside a small island which is worth a visit in itself to explore. This peaceful and special place is rarely surfed, so it's ideal if you're wanting a private session to yourself. The left hand hander that breaks off the island is only suitable for the experienced. Further to the right of the island, there is a long right hander that is ideal for all styles of surfing.

Surf spots
"Lazy Right"
Following on down the coast from "Devil's Rock," you arrive into the sleepy fishing village of Midigama. The first wave you arrive at is "Lazy Right, "a peeling right hander for every style of surfing. This smooth wave can reel up to 100 metres and with its easy take off and long sections, it is a perfect wave for all levels of surfing. Particularly those surfing their first green waves. You can access the wave from the beach and paddle out through the central channel.
"Lazy Left"
Besides "Lazy Right" is "Lazy Left." This reef break is a relatively easy wave to master. In the right conditions, it offers a long peeling left hander, suitable for every level of surfer. Good for beginners on smaller days to practice those first turns on green waves. A very consistent break in the season offering fun waves for all styles of surfing.
This hollow and fast right-hander is for experienced surfers only. On a large swell, it has a reputation of being a board breaker. A short punchy wave offering numerous opportunities for barrels. This break works even on a smaller swell. As the name suggests, if you don't get your take-off right, be prepared for a solid "Ramming".

Named from the surrounding area, which was a former coconut plantation. If you want to plant some new skills in your surf garden, this is a good place to start. There are numerous lefts & rights on this wide section of reef. On smaller days, it offers intermediates a chance to experience green waves & practice their turns.

A continuation of Plantations, Coconuts only a short paddle away and offers a great stretch of reef with A frame lefts & rights. On bigger days, the right hander opens up for a longer wave for the faster surfer.

Surf spots
On the opposite end of the bay at Mirissa is a long left reef break offering fun waves for all styles of surfing. At times, you can hear the distant chants of the Buddhist Monks from the Buddhist Temple floating over the waves - which can be a slightly mesmerizing surfing experience.
"The Point"
This world famous picturesque bay offers waves all year round waves. The northern corner offers a great left & right reef break that is suitable for the more experienced surfer. This is another perfect beach to hangout for the day with many local cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Surf spots
"Jungle Beach"
Tucked away just past Weligama Bay is Jungle Beach, a beautifully secluded beach offering a long left reef break. Perfect for beginners on smaller days and great for all styles of surfing.

"Taprobane Island"
With a postcard backdrop, this small island is home to the famous historical villa "Taprobane". There can be super clean waves either side of it. On smaller days, beginners can experience their first perfect green wall. With a larger swell, it delivers fun lefts & rights.

Located on the outer northern point of the Weligama bay is a right hand reef break. This only comes to life on a large swell has many different makable sections. This break is rather unexplored as it is not known to many tourists.

"Beach Breaks"
The picturesque bay of Weligama offers a variety of breaks and delivers waves all year round. With a sandy bottom, it offers long consistent mellow waves for learners to fun long lefts & rights for all styles of surfing. This is another perfect beach to hangout for the day with many local cafes and restaurants to choose from.

Surf spots
"Secret Point"
About half an hour away is one of the most interesting breaks on offer. A long right hand reef break and a short punchy left. Plenty of barrels to be had in the right conditions. This point is very consistent and will handle overhead waves on a larger swell. Camp Poe staff can get you there.
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