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Learn to surf in Weligama!

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 115 reviews.Weligama, Sri Lanka

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Experience hosted by Thilina

90 mins
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Depending on your experience, we offer different lessons.

Absolute beginners (Level 1):
We’ll give you an introduction to surfing and make sure you'll catch your first wave soon! We don't just push you into the wave, we will make sure that you develop the skills to catch waves on your own while having fun in the meantime.

We want you to be comfortable in the water so before we head into the water, we will teach you the theory and techniques of surfing so you feel well prepared. When you feel ready, we take you into the water and the fun of catching your first wave begins!

Level 2:
is for the surfers that can comfortably stand on the board and are focusing on catching unbroken waves (green waves). When you feel comfortable catching white water waves on your own, you're ready for the unbroken waves. We teach you how to paddle through the white water efficiently and safely, wave selection, how to catch the green waves, improve your skills, how to turn, how to go to the line up, safety and surf etiquette and so on.

Each lesson is 1,5 hrs with a maximum of 2 people for 1 instructor.
Depending on your experience, we offer different lessons.

Absolute beginners (Level 1):
We’ll give you an introduction to surfing and make sure you'll catch your first wave soon! We don't just push you into the wave, we will make sure that you develop the skills to catch waves on your own while having fun in the meantime.

We want you to be comfortable in the water so before we head into the water, we will teach you…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Water
  • Equipment
    All surfing equipment
From $20
/ person
Sun, Oct 25
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$20 per person
$20 per person
Mon, Oct 26
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$20 per person
$20 per person
Tue, Oct 27
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
$20 per person
$20 per person

Meet your host, Thilina

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 115 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, I’m Thilina, born in Weligama, surfer and owner of surf hotel Layback, offering accommodation and surf & yoga retreats.

At Layback we have a passion for surfing and a love for teaching. We offer some of the best surf lessons on the south coast and will ensure you have an amazing surf experience!

Weligama is Sri Lanka's number 1 destination for beginner and intermediate surfers with a two-kilometer-long beach break. It's safe, fun and not crowded so the ideal spot for beginner and intermediate surfers.
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Where you'll be

We will give the lesson in Weligama bay. Weligama is Sri Lanka's number 1 destination for beginner and intermediate surfers with a two-kilometer-long beach break.

Weligama is traditionally a fisherman village so while surfing you can also witness the fishermen going out on their daily boat trips.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 115 reviews.

Maggie
February 2020
Super nice guys taking you to a different level ... I love watching surfers at all times and never thought I was able to actually get up the board myself ... but I did it !! The instructor was duper patient and Thorough in teaching me ... I can only recommend to try it out yourself !! It’s heaps fun :)
Super nice guys taking you to a different level ... I love watching surfers at all times and never thought I was able to actually get up the board myself ... but I did it !! The in…
Katherine
February 2020
I had a great surfing lesson with Andy! Thilina seems to be the medium between Airbnb and the surf school, which is fine but not explaining in his ad. The wind was strong and the waves bigger than I expected, but I managed to stand up fully a few time. I really recommend it to anyone who’s new to surfing but write to Thilina a day before your lesson to ensure smooth communication and set the expectations right.
I had a great surfing lesson with Andy! Thilina seems to be the medium between Airbnb and the surf school, which is fine but not explaining in his ad. The wind was strong and the w…
Stefanie
February 2020
It was a really great experience. I arrived very early and was allowed to leave my backpack there to go and crab some nice (recommended) coffee. The teaching was great and I immediately decided to do another course. Thanks a lot for teaching
It was a really great experience. I arrived very early and was allowed to leave my backpack there to go and crab some nice (recommended) coffee. The teaching was great and I immedi…
Dominika
February 2020
Thilina ist ein sehr guter Surf Lehrer. Er erklärt alles rund ums Board für alle erstmaligen Einsteiger und wie man im Wasser damit umzugehen hat. Im Wasser ist er stets an deiner Seite und erklärt wie man was wann zu machen hat. Zum Ende hin lässt er es dich selbst ausprobieren und teilt mit, was verbessert werden muss. Das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ist erstklassig und ich habe direkt die nächste Stunde gebucht. Ich kann es zu 100% weiterempfehlen.
Thilina ist ein sehr guter Surf Lehrer. Er erklärt alles rund ums Board für alle erstmaligen Einsteiger und wie man im Wasser damit umzugehen hat. Im Wasser ist er stets an deiner…
Lars
February 2020
Meine Freundin und ich standen zum ersten Mal auf ein Surfbrett. Wir suchen professionelle Unterstützung und haben sie bei Thilina gefunden. Es hat uns so gut gefallen, dass wir ihn ein zweites Mal gebucht haben. Wir können Thilina zu 100% weiterempfehlen.
Meine Freundin und ich standen zum ersten Mal auf ein Surfbrett. Wir suchen professionelle Unterstützung und haben sie bei Thilina gefunden. Es hat uns so gut gefallen, dass wir ih…
Constantin
February 2020
I booked a surf lesson for my girlfriend who is new to surfing. Thinking is super friendly and fun to be around. She was very happy and learned incredibly fast. Thilina helped her improve very quickly and at the same time explained why some waves and days were better than others and how to spot the good ones. She was so happy that she booked another session straight away. Now she probably surfs better than me thanks to him ;) 🤙🤙🤙
I booked a surf lesson for my girlfriend who is new to surfing. Thinking is super friendly and fun to be around. She was very happy and learned incredibly fast. Thilina helped her…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimsuit

Beach towel