Pottuvil Point: is a beautiful peninsula-like stretch, ideal for both beginner and intermediate surfers due to the multiple take off locations. It is only a few kilometres from the famous Arugam Bay and can be seen along the beach from Kottukal Beach House. When the Point is working, it is arguably one of the best right hand waves in Sri Lanka.
Pottuvil Point is a dream tropical wave and a favourite with a lot of the seasoned veterans. It is usually less crowded than the more well known Arugam Bay. The long deserted sandy beach is dotted with some huge boulders at the water’s edge and provides rides of up to 450m from the outside section right through to the beach. The unique thing about this wave is that for most of it you can be working a four foot face and yet be only a few metres from the beach as the wave grinds down the sandy point. The outside section sucks up and throws out as the swell raps into the point, giving a 30m wall to work with, before it fades as it hits deeper water for about 10 seconds. The wave then tends to double up as it hits a shallow sand bottom section that will have you hanging in there for all you are worth just to make the next 40-80m section. Pottuvil Point needs a decent size swell to work and a large swell before the middle section fires.
Arugam Bay Point Break: The Point is the main break at Arugam Bay. It is a long right-hand point / reef break that breaks at the headland of Arugam Bay. On a good day, it provides a clean ride-able wall that will barrel in sections and give you a 400m ride right through to the inside. Booties can be useful as the reef starts from ankle depth.
Crocodile Rock: According to some, the long elongated ‘snout’ shape of this natural rock gives it its name. In reality, the name is derived from the mugger crocodiles that access this area via the adjacent Heda Oya Lagoon. You will be lucky to spot a crocodile, especially given their shy nature, however no need to panic as they just want to bask in the sun, atop the rock. After your surf, climb the rock for impressive views of the beach and surrounding paddy lands. It’s a beautiful spot for a day surf mission. It needs a medium to large swell for Crocodile Rock to work. When Arugam Bay point is 6 foot, then Crocodile Rock will be 3 foot. A sucky take-off section over sand leads on to a long wall that breaks right down the point for about 250-300 metres.
Whiskey Point: Situated in Urani, Whiskey Point is an ‘off-the-beaten-track’ spot for novice surfers and the waves here provide fun for any surfer. The waves break off a rocky outcrop near the beach and you can paddle out in the channel right beside the rocks. Beginner surfers often visit Whiskey Point for practice after their initial surf lessons at the Baby Point of Peanut Farm. The warm and inviting water is a beautiful turquoise colour.
Peanut Farm: is another epic break south of Arugam Bay in a great unspoilt location. There are two breaks here that are referred to as the Main Point and Baby Point of Peanut Farm. Main Point is a highly technical right-hand wave that requires negotiating a steep, fast take off in front of rocks, often into a barreling section. Baby Point is the continuation of the Main Point wave but it is a lot mellower and slower by the time it breaks over the sandy bottom of Baby Point.
Lighthouse Point / Green Point: Located along the coast from the Komari village, some 10km north of Pottuvil, this beautiful beach/point is well off the beaten track. The beach stretch prior to the lighthouse is pristine and inviting. The drive to reach the point is supremely beautiful, with unending swathes of paddy fields of either side. For the more experienced surfer, the sandy/rock bottom produces nice waves.