The best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Sri Lanka !
Another popular activity for those heading to the beaches in Sri Lanka is windsurfing. Adventure seekers who love being lifted or tossed around by strong sea-winds can enjoy the waves in deserted beaches except during the high season.
Sri Lanka is particularly suited for windsurfing since the weather patterns are such that at any given period one half of the coastline is always open for water sports, the exception being the month of November. As for the gear, everything from boards to protective clothing can be rented from local shops situated on the beaches.
From December to April windsurfing enthusiasts can head to places on the West and South Coast like Negombo, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Midigama, Polhena and Tangalle where palm-fringed beaches are ready to welcome you.
Between March and October places on the East Coast like Trincomalee and Arugam Bay play host to windsurfers from all over the world who flock here for the white beaches and perfect weather conditions. Furthermore, there is a choice of inland surfing such as Bolgoda Lake, which hosts regular competitions and events centred around water sports. A training package for water surfing can cost anything between US$ 100-300 depending on your skills and the number of classes.
If you are into kitesurfing and planning to visit Sri Lanka, you will just have to head to Kalpitiya lagoon just north of the international airport in Negombo. Here, the wind is continuous form May to October and the weather conditions are simply perfect.
The Kalpitiya spot offers two different opportunities depending on your needs. On the Indian Ocean side, you can enjoy free rides or skim the waves. On the lagoon side, the conditions are optimal for both beginners and freestylers. For those of you in Sri Lanka between December and Mars, the afternoons can be windy and hence, you can still try and book a spot for your kitesurfing passion at the local clubs set up by experienced and friendly people.
Other water sports such as Water Ski, Wakeboarding, Wake Skating, Kite boarding and Fun tube can be tried out depending on the season in places like Negombo and Hikkaduwa.