Foiling Sri Lanka part 2 - Dickwella

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. 


Foiling Sri Lanka - around Welligama

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

1. Coconut point - There are a few spots around here which offer good foiling waves rights and lefts.Head to 'Papa mango' restaurant and take a look.

People in the water - Quiet to moderate

2. Pier reef - Inside the main reef around 200 metres off the concrete pier where the boats are moored up, there is a deep reef which will often come up and hardly break -This wave then backs off into deep water offers right and left shoulder swells. If using a big wing you can get 100-150 metre rides if your legs can retain the pump towards the boats.

Its situated across from the main peak at Fishermans so you will have to watch for 5-10 minutes to see it break / feather to know exactly where it is.

People in the water - Very Quiet

3. Fisherman point - There are multiple scattered take off spots which depending on the size of the swell break further out to the end of the point. The first spot which is closest from shore should be avoided for foiling it is shallow and full of beginners to intermediate surfers.

If you paddle past this spot you will see multiple take off spots ( rights)  which usually have little to no other people surfing.Water depth is deep.

People in the water - Quiet to moderate

4. Jungle beach - Offers a great set up for right hand foiling waves. It is better on low tide but can be foiled through to high . The take off spots are close to big rocks which are shallow but deep enough . The right wave breaks far out next to a rock outcrop and swings wide into the channel.Sometimes if a wide set comes you can foil on swell all the way to the beach. The inside towards the shore can get shallow so watch the coral heads.

There is a left peak straight out from the beach which is prone surfed more - this is a little more shallow so should be foiled with caution.

People in the water - Very quiet

5. Easy right - Midigama is more exposed and picks up more swell. It's an easy reef to surf and can get very popular but has multiple take off spots as the swell hits the reef. If it is busy you can take off wide on the shoulder. Its a deep wave which can offer foil rides all the way to the beach.

Its easily affected by wind and there are some Jellyfish which will sting

People in the water - Moderate - busy

I took both SUP & Prone foil boards, some waves break along way from shore so the SUP has a big benefit of getting you there. Also I foiled waves which would not be steep enough to prone paddle into.

For SUP foil in November onwards I used Go foil IWA wing predominantly , with Maliko 200 on small days. For prone foil i used Kai wing.

Click on this link for more foiling spots further east towards Dikwella foiling areas .

Please observe you own spot risk assessment and make sure conditions are suitable for your level .The water is clear so you should investigate the bottom depth and hazards on your paddle out .Remember a steeply breaking wave will mean it is shallow underneath , Look for slow spilling waves.