1.Dickwella Beach.

The second part of our foiling article on foilsurfing in Sri lanka, for our first part detailing Welligama area click here 

Myself and my family had a great trip there in November with plenty of swell and unridden wave / foiling spots to explore.This article features spots I SUP foiled in and around the Dickwella , Nilwella and Tangalle regions.If your’e staying in Dickwella area, Tangalle is around a 20 minutes tuk tuk ride away.We chose to stay in Hiriketiya beach at a lovely place called Jasper house.
Hiriketiya beach is not a suitable foilsurf location , due to its small size , number of surf beginners and shallow rocks beneath the surface. After watching it for 20 minutes I didn’t even entertain the thought of foiling there. However around 5 minutes away there is a superb foil spot.

I had pre planned to look here, as on google maps it looked like a good spot There are lots of options to foil here and I was the only one out on all occasions I chose to foilsurf. The wave options break far from shore so it can get a bit spooky at Spot L .We also had shelter in form of a beach tent which proved very handy, although the palms at the high water line do offer some shelter.

There is a cool place called Verse collective recently featured in the Times and Sunday Times ! which you can get food and a great coffee from just over the road which I can highly recommend.The beach and the shallows are great for the kids to splash around in too.

Dickwella beach – foilsurfing options


SPOT L

This right hand wave breaks around 300m from shore over some flattish rock slabs. The wave however jacks up pretty quickly and then immediately breaks into deeper water so it took me a while to get it wired. As the wave has a lot of power on take off its also better to consider going out slightly under winged to handle the drop as I discovered. You can ride left on take off but the swell is directed better right.

SPOT P 

The best thing about Dickwella beach for foiling is you can paddle to other foilable waves pretty easily .

Spot P is a short paddle over a deep channel from Spot L. It’s technically a left hand point break which fizzles out very quickly and can break wide when bigger sets come through. From take off it jacks up and then pushes a foamball into deeper water straight away. This means positioning is key, if you can stick the take off, the wave / swell then bends around the point meaning you right angle your ride next to the point and follow the swell towards the shore . It’s awesome riding over shoals of fish who dart beneath you . They seem to like the protection the point gives them from the sun and waves.

People in the water – Very Quiet 

2.Kudawella Beach.

Not a great wave but swell does seem to be pushed into this beach and directed by the Harbour wall.

Lefts and rights over sand

People in the water – Very Quiet 

3.Unakuruwa – Break point in Tangalle

A lovely spot! Basically a right hand point break which breaks into deeper water into the middle of the bay .The take off is relatively shallow best surfed on a longboard or mal .For a foil its doable if you’re experienced but there are some shallow coral heads, it’s just lucky the water is so clear so you can see. Friendly locals who have the spot wired ,although 5-6 people on the peak and it’s busy, there are no other options for wave riding in this bay.

Mainly rocky bottom next to the point but sand filled in middle of the bay.

People in the water – Moderate – busy

Please respect locals and any others in the Water – you have a responsibility to show Foiling in a good light.