Talalla Surf Camp & Surf Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka
Talalla Surf is the longest-running surf camp in Sri Lanka and headed up by some of the most experienced surf coaches and yoga teachers on the island. Our team also offers surf & yoga retreats for those who want to combine the calm of yoga with the thrill of surfing for the perfect Sri Lankan adventure. We provide an empowering program for beginners and intermediate/advanced surfers alike, and are focused on improving your confidence and enjoyment in the water.
Talalla Surf is based at Talalla Beach near the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, just a stone’s throw from some of the best surf breaks along the island’s south coast. Each day we venture out with our guests for surf checks in our custom-built surf trucks: each journey is an adventure in and of itself, as we cruise through bustling local towns and down quiet jungle alleys to find our guests the most uncrowded and suitable waves for them to learn and progress their surf skills. Unlike many other surf spots in Sri Lanka, we have amazing waves to the east and west of us that work all year round! Ready to surf Sri Lanka with us?
Why join the Talalla Surf experience?
What makes Talalla Surf the best surf school in Sri Lanka? What sets the coaching at Talalla Surf apart from other Sri Lanka surf camps? To put it simply, we are dedicated to helping you improve and have fun whilst doing it! After your time at Talalla Surf we guarantee that you will leave as a more confident, independent and stoked surfer. Our surf camp and surf & yoga retreat runs every week from Sunday to Saturday – during the week you will have daily surf sessions with your coach followed by video review, theory and surf skills workshops. Guests on the Surf & Yoga program will also join surf-specific integrated yoga classes. Read on for what makes Talalla Surf the best place to learn to surf in Sri Lanka!
OUR SURF COACHING
Our surf coaches are some of the most experienced on the island. Not only are they Surfing Australia-certified (International Surfing Association equivalent) and have been surfing for most of their lives, they also have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the surrounding surf breaks after living in Sri Lanka for 6+ years. This experience allows each coach to pick out the small details in surf technique that will allow you to get the most out of your surfing experience. Get to know our head surf coaches here!
CLEAR AND STRUCTURED SURF COACHING SYSTEM
We understand that not everybody learns at the same pace or in the same way – that is why our system includes a variety of different tools – in-water coaching, video review feedback sessions, surf theory sessions & pool theory sessions. Our coaches have designed a clear surf levels system to help you evaluate where you are at, and accurately identify what areas and skills you need to focus on in order to progress and improve. Read more about these programs and surf levels here.
SMALL GROUP SIZES
At Talalla Surf we keep our group sizes small so that you receive focused and personalized instruction & coaching. Each group is limited to a maximum of 4-5 guests depending on level, and is supported by its own surf coach as well as a dedicated videographer.
YEAR-ROUND SURF PROGRAM
Unlike many other surf destinations around the world, we have amazing surf breaks in Sri Lanka that work all year round. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to take your surfing skills to the next level, our experienced coaches will select the best waves for you to learn, improve and have fun! Come and see for yourself why surfing in Sri Lanka is unlike any other.
SURF-FOCUSED YOGA SESSIONS
Looking for the perfect surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka? Our Surf & Yoga Program is led by accredited yoga teachers who have curated an integrated yoga program that works around and complements your surf experience. With your dedicated Yoga instructor you will participate in a series of insightful workshops and classes specific to your level of surfing.
DEDICATED TEAM OF SURF VIDEOGRAPHERS
We have a professional crew of videographers who will film every session. Your surf coach will then breakdown this footage with you later that day so that you can see where you are at and what goals you can set for the coming surf session. A fun and invaluable tool in getting the most out of your surf experience! Check out the incredible photos and videos on our Facebook page or Instagram.
Stay at Talalla Retreat
At Talalla Surf Camp, we offer multiple accommodation types for your stay at Talalla Retreat, one of the best eco-luxury beach resorts in Sri Lanka just steps away from the calm turquoise ocean. Stay in one of our ‘Ocean View Villas’, sleep in a luxurious poolside ‘Deluxe Villa’ or delve into the fun and sociable environment of the ‘Bungalow’ – there’s something to fit every budget. Read more about the different room features and go on a virtual tour of the various accommodation types by clicking here!
Not sure which room type is right for you? The dorms are popular with surfers looking for a social experience or solo travellers, and our open-air deluxe villa rooms offer an eco-luxury experience that will immerse you in the nature of Sri Lanka. For an extra splash of comfort you can opt to check into a sea view deluxe villa room with air-conditioning.
Stay nourished and energized between your daily surf and yoga sessions by savouring the gourmet Talalla flavours in the retreat’s stunning open-air restaurant pavilion. Vibrant tropical fruit, crisp seasonal vegetables and fresh local seafood feature prominently in our traditional Sri Lankan delicacies and international favourites. We are proud of our low-mileage approach to food, sourcing local ingredients and produce from nearby markets and fishing villages. Sit just steps from the Indian Ocean while you dine on your choice of fresh fish tacos, mahi mahi burgers, island style fried rice, and more!
Curious what a week with Talalla Surf looks like? Watch this video!
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Get in touch with us now!
Interested in learning to surf in Sri Lanka with Talalla Surf Camp? Just fill in the details below and let us know: are you a solo traveller, travelling with friends or in a group? Which package you are interested in? What dates you are looking to come? We understand that planning a trip like this can be a daunting task, so if you have any extra questions or requests just put them in the message box. The more information you can provide us with the more personalised we can make your trip! We are always here to help – Tim, Andy & Garrett
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find out your rates and availability?
Our rates may vary according to the room type and booking season, as well as the type of package that you choose. To ensure that we provide the most accurate information and that you are placed in the most appropriate surf level, please fill out the contact form and we will get back to you within 12-24 hours.
- What is included in your package rates?
- Accommodation at Talalla Retreat
- 3 delicious and nutritious meals each day
- Daily surf coaching sessions
- Surf theory and skills workshops
- Daily video analysis sessions
- Daily integrated yoga program (for Surf & Yoga Retreat guests)
- Access to your end-of-week photo album & video online
- Complimentary surfing vest
- 1 complimentary 60-minute massage
- When is the best time to come?
Our surf retreat in Sri Lanka is open all year round. As we are located near the southernmost point of the island, we have amazing breaks on either side of our retreat which makes it one of the best places to surf in Sri Lanka. Whether you are a complete beginner or looking to take your surfing skills to the next level, our experienced coaches will select the best waves for you to learn, improve and have fun!
- What is the difference between the "Surf Camp" and the "Surf & Yoga Retreat"?
Our classic Sri Lanka surf camp program mainly consists of daily surf coaching sessions, surf theory and skills workshops, and post-surf video analysis sessions.
Looking for a dose of yoga to complement your Sri Lanka surf trip? Our surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka combines the calm of yoga with the thrill of surfing. With your dedicated yoga instructor you and your group will participate in a series of insightful yoga-based workshops and classes in addition to the daily surf sessions, video review and surf theory briefings. The surf & yoga program includes all the features offered in the surf only package.
- I'm not sure what surfing level I am. What should I select on the contact form?
Knowing where you are at in your surfing can be a difficult thing to quantify. Our focus here at Talalla Surf is to help you become a more confident, independent and stoked surfer at any level!
There are 4 different levels ranging from beginner to advanced, each broken up into 2 separate components: Surf Skills and Ocean Awareness. As you progress through your surfing experience it is important that you are gaining new knowledge both in the domain of Surf Skills but also with regard to Ocean Awareness.
If you're not sure, just get in touch with our surf coordinator using the contact form, and we will help you determine which surf level will allow you to get the most out of your time at Talalla Surf.
- I can't join for the full week. Can I join for the day or part of the week?
Our surf camp runs every week from Sunday to Saturday. In order for each member of the surf group to get the most out of the experience, we highly recommend guests to join for the entire duration of the week. At this time, we do not accept drop-in guests.
- I'm an intermediate/advanced surfer, will I benefit from joining the surf camp?
We are one of the few surf schools in Sri Lanka that offer higher-level coaching beyond just surf guiding. Talalla Surf prides ourselves on our industry-leading video review, in-water coaching and theory sessions. These are extremely helpful for surfers looking to further progress their skills and take it to the next level. For intermediate/advanced surfers, we further limit the group size to a maximum of 4 people of a similar level.
In particular, we work with intermediate and experienced surfers on a variety of advanced surfing skills including: surfing away from the trim line; utilizing bottom turn speed to perform ‘off the top’ maneuvers; carving turns and top turns; rail-to-rail surfing; in water safety when commencing big wave + reef break surfing.
- How early do I need to book?
As one of the most reputable and longest-running surf camps in Sri Lanka, we recommend that you get in touch as early as possible with your potential travel dates. We limit our group sizes to ensure that each guest receives focused and personalized instruction & coaching, and also always aim to take surf guests to the least crowded waves in south Sri Lanka - our surf camp / surf and yoga retreat in Sri Lanka therefore often fills up months in advance.
Our "peak" season typically runs from November to April, though we are fortunate to be located in the deep south of Sri Lanka and have access to incredible waves all throughout the year. Come and surf south Sri Lanka with our experienced coaches!
- Will there be time to do some sightseeing?
Depending on which program you have signed up for, you typically will have most of the late afternoons and evenings free to explore our neck of the jungle, or for the keen beans out there you can always head out for a free surf.
There are a number of attractions near Talalla Retreat, and the front desk team would be happy to help arrange transportation and excursions.