• Sara Strachan

Solo Sri Lanka Surf Trip

Sri Lanka is known for its stunning surf beaches, friendly locals and delicious curries. The country was all set to have its record number of visitors in 2019 when the terrorist attacks hit the shores of Sri Lanka and again this country was hit hard in the tourist industry. I had been wanting to go for a while and decided not to let the attacks stop me from going, I wouldn’t think twice about going to London a few months following an attack so why in Sri Lanka ? 

I set off with the plan of surfing as much as possible, doing a photo shoot or two, eating curries and chilling out! 

I set off on my own, slightly nervous about solo travelling but a friend was set to join me for the middle part of my trip.  I’ve traveled on my own a few times to various places; Sulawesi, Samoa and Morocco but you can’t help getting butterflies about the idea each time! 

From the airport I decided to make my way to the train station as I thought that this was the best way to get down to the south coast. I imagined hanging out of the train, wind in my hair whilst watching the palm trees and cows whizz by. For an extra 70p I decided to travel in first class, not realising I this meant air conditioning and so no open doors to hang out of!

I spent my three week trip meandering between Unawatuna, Weligama, Hiriketiya, Midigama and Hikkaduwa. Surfing most days, sipping from countless coconuts and even hiring our own tuk tuk to get around in.

First surf had, was in Weligama, the surf was small but being a beach break everyone was nicely spread so it was ideal for the first time back in the ocean after a while. I rented a beautiful 9ft longboard that literally caught every little ripple going, I was having the best time and even attempted some un-elegant goes at cross stepping.

Whilst in Weligama we hired a tuk tuk and went on a mini road trip to Ahangama where I met up with a model and photographer to shoot my jewellery on location in tropical paradise.

Another pit stop we took from Weligama was a visit to Mirissa beach with it's instagram perfect, palm tree back drop to thee local surf spot.

We decided to take the rare opportunity of seeing blue whales on a whale watching boat trip. Blue whales are the largest animal to have ever lived and Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world to go blue whale watching. We were not disappointed with multiple sightings of these mega beings - so long you could only ever see small portion of them at any one time.