Our location – The Lagoon Resort is a peaceful haven set back away from the bustling coastal town of Ahangama in the Southern Provence of Sri Lanka. This resort is in an idyllic location, only disturbed by the sounds of the jungle, the distant chug of the coastal train and the sound of waves crashing, not 300 metres away. It is a collection of small bungalows (cabanas) in front of a picturesque Lagoon, sided by towering palms inhabited by fishing herons. This gem of the south coast is owned and run by a local couple Dulitha and Nirmani (not to mention their lovely dog ‘Brown’), the friendliest and most caring hosts who cannot do enough to enrich your stay. The camp is run in conjunction with this local business and all the transport and extra curriculum activities are run by them. We have a strong belief in local sustainability and by running our operation through a strong connection with local business we believe we can achieve this. Ahangama is situated in an ideal spot for surfers, surrounded by many local breaks there are Ideal waves for all abilities of surfer (for more information on the surf please refer to ‘The Surf’ section). We provide transport to and from all the surf breaks, which we primarily travel to via Tuk Tuk.
The setting is truly intimate, two people per Cabana and we take maximum of 8 clients per camp! This way you get the most out of your stay with more one on one surf coaching and the chance of a stronger group dynamic. Each Cabana is equipped with; A/C, ceiling fan, mini fridge, lounging area and front porch, en suit bathrooms (with cold water and heated showers) and option for single or double beds (for which we need to know in advance). The food provided is traditional Sri Lankan cuisine provided by our in house chef with 15 years of hotel cooking experience in both Sri Lanka and the Maldives. If you have any food requests, such as vegetarian, celiac or allergy concerns please let us know in advance so the chef has time to amend the menu.
The Southern Provence of Sri Lanka is home to a plethora of surfing breaks ideal for all abilities of surfer. Our location in Ahangama, right next to Midigama and Weligama, is an ideal base for visiting many of the famous waves around the South coast. We decide as a group, with the expertise of our local surfing guide, Lahiru, when considering the surf and weather conditions which spots will be best on that particular day. We only hold our camps when the South Coast surfing season is on to maximise our chances for world class waves every day and to ensure the use of most of the breaks
‘Kabalana Point’ (‘the Rock’), reef break – Ahangama. A-frame with both left and right handers. A faster and medium power wave that boasts up to 300m rides. Intermediate – Advance
‘South Beach Point’, reef break – Ahangama. A deep A-frame reef break which produces long, low power lefts and rights, perfect longboard wave as well as getting to grips with surfing over reef. Beginner – Intermediate
‘Lazy Lefts’, Point break / reef break – Midigama. A left handed point break, this break lives up to its name by providing lovely long low power left handed waves. Beginner – Intermediate (Also immensely fun on a longboard!)
‘Rams’, reef break – Midigama. A fast and mid to high power right hander. ‘Rams’ is a relatively short but punchy wave giving the surfer a good wall for powerful turns and the odd barrel. Advanced
‘Coconut Point’, reef break – Midigama. An A-frame located a short paddle offshore, ‘Coconut Point’ delivers very long, mid power rides (some say up to 350m!) both left and right. Intermediate
‘Weligama’, beach break – Weligama. A beach break approximately 2km long, ‘Weligama’ is the perfect set up for learning and progressing. Relatively low powered with right and left handers throughout the bay. Beginner – intermediate (but easily enjoyed by the more advanced surfer too)
The week is jam packed and obviously has a surfing focus, but integral to the experience is to be a part of the Sri Lankan culture that will surround us. Here is a list of all that is included in our 7 day camp: Return Airport Transfers from Colombo Airport to the camp. All trip transport (To and from surf spots as well as day trips). Two surfs a day including instruction and a local surf guide to help maximise your wave catching. (Day of arrival and leaving there will be one surf available due to lack of time. There will also be rest day in the middle of the camp but free surfs are available for anyone who is keen). Six surfing lessons. We deliver our surfing lessons in many ways depending on what the content is. Some are more dynamic movement lessons where we practice essential surfing movements. Others are delivered by white board or PowerPoint when we discuss matters such as; Surf Board Design (how it affects your surfing), A Brief History of Surfing, Power out of your Turns and Visualisation in Surfing). Mindfulness sessions. 4 photo analysis sessions, possibly the greatest tool in helping surfing progression. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) every day whilst on camp (We will have a day trip where Lunch won’t be provided but we will all go to a restaurant together) Day trip to the Historic Geal Fort including a guided tour. A beautiful walled city Trip to the local tea plantation where we will discover the history of Sri Lanka’s famous Ceylon tea, which includes a guided tour, tea and cake on a veranda of a colonial house overlooking the tea plantation and a tea sampling session. Sri Lanka is one of four countries that produce the famous ‘Virgin White Tea’ which is worth more than its weight in silver. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and yes, you will be able to try some! Trip to a local Ahangama Buddhist temple. An evening cooking class, where our resident chef will guide us through making our own authentic Sri Lankan dinner. A leaving ceremony which includes a BBQ feast where you are issued a Sri Lanka Surf Academy Leaving manual and all your surfing pictures on a USB thumb drive.