Arugam Bay is probably Sri Lanka’s best known surfing spot – and with good reason. It’s the go-to venue for local and international surfing competitions held in Sri Lanka, and riding the waves at Arugam Bay is an exhilarating experience that’s hard to match. According to various international surfing publications, Arugam Bay offers one of the best ‘point breaks’ in the world. In peak season, it’s a highly sought after surfing destination for professional surfers, though it attracts a large number of amateur and beginner-level surfers, too.
Arugam Bay is located on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka. Among the local population living here is a sizeable expatriate community of globetrotters – largely from Europe and Australia – who have made it their second home.
Surfing season is usually from April to October. The bay is crowded with surfers who attend the various international surfing championships held here at that time of year. One to watch out for is the Sri Lanka Surf Championship organised by the UK Pro-Surfers Association.