Surfing & Skiing

Where to Surf


The villages of Arugam Bay sit on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, the teardrop-shaped isle off the southeast tip of India in the northern Indian Ocean between the Maldives and the Nicobar Islands.


Wind Surfing


Sri Lanka, which means meaning "resplendent land" in Sanskrit, is a beautiful, diverse island, and amazingly so for its small size. The pretty coastline around Arugam Bay (aru-gam) is no exception, being the southeast's most traveler- and surfer-friendly zone. Although many of its original structures were leveled by the 2004 tsunami and the country's civil war hangover still lingers, things have slowly come back around, and Arugam's long, user-friendly right points are as good as ever.





Anytime between May and October, with July and August being the peak surf-tourist months. The southwest monsoon is Arugam's primary swell-maker along with clean, distant southern groundswells that originate in the Roaring Forties. This is also the season that the prevailing west and southwest winds are fairly offshore for part of the day.



Water Skiing


Because Sri Lanka is one of the last truly cheap places to go, because the aura is friendly and relaxed, because there is a lot to do if the surf sucks, because it's an exotic place, and, last but not least, because the surf is reliable, consistent, and fun. The only downside is the actual surf size—it rarely gets bigger than head high or so. Still, Arugam is dreamy for a longboarder, a fish rider, or anybody with a penchant for small, rippable rights. There are one or two lefts in the vicinity, also.





Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings.

Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which utilizes standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose.



Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski)


A personal water craft (PWC), also called water scooter, is a recreational watercraft that the rider sits or stands on, rather than inside of, as in a boat. PWCs have two style categories. The first and most popular being a "sit down", where the rider uses the watercraft mainly sitting down and typically holds two or more people. The second style is a "stand up", where the rider uses the watercraft standing up. The stand up styles are built for one rider and is used more for doing tricks, racing, and are used in competitions. Both styles have an inboard engine driving a pump jet that has a screw-shaped impeller to create thrust for propulsion and steering.