Surf Lessons in Weligama

We set up Ceylon Sliders right here in Weligama Bay as it’s the centre of surf culture on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by some of the most amazing surf spots in the world, come have fun with us in the surf – from catching your first wave to learning all aspects of the surfing lifestyle, we’ve got you covered with lessons for all levels, guided surf sessions and board rentals.

Having fun through progression - our ethos

At Ceylon Sliders Surf School in Weligama, you can be flexible with how many surf lessons you want to do and at what times. We provide lessons for guests who are staying elsewhere as well as for our in-house hotel guests. Choose between a range of surf lessons or lesson packages, guided surf as well as rental surfboards in all shapes and sizes. Safety and fun through progression are our ideals and we pride ourselves with doing great beginner lessons as well as being able to provide more technical surf coaching for the surfer who feel like progressing in a certain aspect of their surfing.

Progress safely with our ISA certified surf coaches

We have instructors and guides that are registered with the International Surfing Association (ISA) or similar and trained in surf rescue. All ISA lessons are progressive and have a specific focus to help you build a functional allround understanding of surfing and the ocean – every surfer is unique but with our methodology, it’s possible to progress through Level 1 (fundamentals) to become a Level 2 (developing) surfer in 3 – 5 lessons.

Private or group lessons can be held in your choice of English or Sinhalese. Please note that the lessons and guidings need to be booked 48 hours in advance to ensure our head coach enough time to allocate the best coach for your lesson.

Learn how to surf in some of the friendliest waves in the world

Weligama beach just out front is home to the best beginner waves on the island and in our preference – all of asia. We have perfect gentle beginner waves all day, every day – year round. If you want to adventure further and explore more waves past Weligama, Ceylon Sliders is located in the midst of the surf mecca of Sri Lanka. All the best waves are just around the corner, Mirissa, Midigama, Ahangama, Hikkaduwa, Madiha, Unawatuna, Matara – every little point or reef has a wave that just needs to be surfed. Load the boards on a tuk tuk and head out to explore.

What surf level are you?

LEVEL 1 - Fundamentals

Catch your first waves just in front of the hotel, surf teachers from our surf school Sunshinestories will take you out and get you up and standing in no time. Learning how to surf is for everyone and the feeling of sliding across the ocean is incredible. At Weligama beach just in front of Ceylon Sliders we have some of the best surf conditions in the world for a learner.

This lesson is for you if

  • You have never surfed before or you have had a lesson or two or you haven’t surfed for sometime. You might be able to stand up and ride whitewater waves but you have limited skill or experience at paddling out to the unbroken waves.
  • You want to get a feel for surfing; you will learn the fundamentals of surfing – with these skills and experience you will begin pushing ‘outside’ to unbroken waves.
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LEVEL 2 - Developing

Have you been surfing for some time, but feel like you struggle on the board? The developing lesson might be the best thing you’ve ever done. Our surf teachers will help you get over any obstacles you have and maximise your progression. We’ll take you to the best suitable surf spot for your level and requirements on the south coast and help you progress in your surfing as well as having a good time together.

This lesson is for you if

  • You can handle your board and paddle out the back and ride unbroken waves successfully most of the time. You might be able to perform some basic moves like cutbacks or little floaters on whitewater sections.
  • You want to push your limits; you will finetune your paddle, stance and style and begin developing more radical manoeuvers surfing both frontside and backside.

LEVEL 3 - Styling

Have you been surfing some time, maybe even for a few years but feel stuck in your progression? With the level 3 lessons, we’ll take you out and pinpoint what you need to do to progress into becoming a better surfer. Are you a short-order or a long boarder?  We’ll match you with the best coach and select the best suitable surf spot tp help you progress in your surfing as well as having a good time in the water.

This lesson is for you if

  • You’re an experienced surfer and can surf a wide range of conditions with confidence without the help of an in-water coach. You know how to generate speed, perform basic moves and are attempting more advanced ones. 
  • You want to perfect your bottom turns, get smoother in your cross steps, turning cutbacks into round houses, pushing top turns into airs and barrels or push towards the nose for some hang time

Included in all ISA lessons

  • 2 hour lesson
  • Surfboard with fins, wax 
  • Free use of rashguard
  • Beach theory lesson including safety briefing
  • Transportation included (within Weligama – from main point to jungle beach)
  • Experienced ISA Qualified surf coach with good english skills
  • Lesson following our own surf methodology
  • Coconut Water after the lesson
  • Shower, changing room and other facilities


Stand up Paddle Tours in Weligama

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is perfect for anyone even without prior experience of surfing. We will use big 10ft boards with paddles and go onto the flat waters in the Northwest corner of Weligama Bay – the paddle tour will take you from the Taprobane island over towards fishermans reef. Expect a true adventure over turquoise waters and if you are lucky you’ll se both turtles and fish. This area is truly a hidden gem for Stand up paddle boarding that needs to be explored. 


2 hr SUP tour with a picknick half way
80 USD per person
For bigger group bookings please inquire by WhatsApp +94 076 359 4734 or hello @ ceylonsliders . com

Booking request

To book, please book via the online system at least 16 hours before the lesson. For last minute requests or any other questions please whatsapp +94 076 359 4734

When in Weligama, we surf

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I pay for my lesson?

For our room guests, you can bill to your room and pay upon checkout. For outside guests, please pay prior to your lesson on the day of the lesson.

Where does the lesson start?

It starts outside the shop of Ceylon Sliders. Please be there 5 minutes before lessons start.

Can we meet at our hotel?

Unfortunately not, we only accept bookings from Ceylon Sliders  so that we can select the suitable board and gear before heading out.

What spots will we surf?

It all depends on your skill level, preference and what the ocean does in that particular moment before heading out. We will decide the spot on the day itself to give the best possible opportunity for a fun surf!

Can you teach kids to surf?

Yes we can! Please note kids age etc in the booking form.

Sunshinestories Surf Camp & Yoga Retreat

If you want a full on Surf Camp in Sri Lanka we recommend our sister company, Sunshinestories Surf Camp & Yoga Retreat in Ahangama. At the retreat we will work with your surfing through an all inclusive one week experience including surf lessons, theory lessons and daily video analysis with our experienced surf coaches. The surf coaching is extensive and we’ve developed our own tools and our own methodology to teach surfing in a fluent, simple and fun way. Every day is based around a different topic and we dedicate about 5 hours daily to on surf teaching. At Sunshinestories you’ll get a foundation for your whole surfing and get the tools to progress on your own after your stay.