surf and yoga retreats sri lanka

surf retreat

Our surf camp is carefully designed for the ones that would like to soak up the Sri Lankan surf lifestyle with the opportunity to meet like-minded people, eat great food and enjoy waves for more days.

Layback is not a big retreat center or surf camp. Our vision was and is to create a friendly, intimate, laid-back and creative space for like-minded travellers. A home away from home. We believe in a personal approach, ie small groups, personal attention from our instructors and customized feedback.

And… It’s not just about surfing. We are a locally owned business and we would like to give you the opportunity to fully experience the best our corner of the world has to offer. That includes insider tips, meeting local entrepreneurs, the best local food, introduction to local customs and culture, ie a genuine authentic local experience.

We have developed and created our vision of our ultimate hideaway for surfers and hope to welcome you soon!

 
surf camp sri lanka

SURF

Layback offers some of the best surf lessons on the South coast of Sri Lanka.

We would like to give you the attention you need to make sure you’ll catch that first wave soon and more importantly that you’ll be able to catch that wave on your own as well. The retreats give you the time and space to make progress and improve your surfing skills. We are the only surf camp in Sri Lanka that offers a maximum of two students per instructor to ensure you’ll have the best and personalised surf experience!

The retreats are designed for all levels so no matter if you’ve never surfed before or looking to catch your first barrel, we got you covered!

 

SLEEP

You will be staying in one of the dorms of your choice (mixed or girls only). Depending on availability, you could also stay in a private room.

Layback offers a mixed eight bed dorm and an eight bed female dorm. For both dorms there is one big balcony overlooking beautiful Weligama, which is the perfect place to relax or socialize.

The rooms are fully equipped to make you feel at home. All the rooms have bunkbeds with comfy mattresses, AC, free and fast WIFI, sheets and towels, a safety locker, two plugs at each bed, storage space for your things and last but not least private bathrooms with a hot shower.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 nights accommodation

  • Surf theory

  • Morning & sunset surf lessons

  • Video analysis & evaluation

  • Snacks & water during surf sessions

  • Complimentary use of all surfing equipment

  • Transport to and from the surf spots

  • Ceylon tea & fresh ground coffee throughout the day

  • 2 breakfasts & dinners

  • A plunge into and a taste of the authentic local life

 

Basic

$199 Dorm

$349 Private room for 1/$499 Private room for 2

  • 7 nights accommodation: sunday to sunday

  • Surf theory lessons

  • 5 morning 2hr surf lessons

  • Video analysis & evaluation

  • Snacks & water during surf sessions

  • Transport to and from the surf spots

  • Ceylon tea & fresh ground coffee throughout the day

  • Unlimited drinking water

  • 2 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

 

Standard

$299 Dorm

$449 Private room for 1/$699 Private room for 2

  • 7 nights accommodation: sunday to sunday

  • Surf theory lessons

  • 5 morning 2hr surf lessons

  • 5 evening 2hr sunset-surf lessons

  • Video analysis & evaluation

  • Snacks & water during surf sessions

  • Complimentary use of all surfing equipment

  • Transport to and from the surf spots

  • Ceylon tea & fresh ground coffee throughout the day

  • Unlimited drinking water

  • 2 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

 

Premium

$349 Dorm

$499 Private room for 1/$799 Private room for 2

  • 7 nights accommodation: sunday to sunday

  • Surf theory lessons

  • 5 morning 2hr surf lessons

  • 5 evening 2hr sunset-surf lessons

  • Video analysis & evaluation

  • Snacks & water during surf sessions

  • Complimentary use of all surfing equipment

  • Transport to and from the surf spots

  • Ceylon tea & fresh ground coffee throughout the day

  • Unlimited drinking water

  • 2 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • 2 dinners

  • Complimentary Layback rash vest

  • And last but not least: a plunge into and a taste of the authentic local life. You will fully experience the best our corner of the world has to offer! Including:

    • a cooking class

    • visit to local entrepeneurs

    • batik class

Should you need more information and/or have any questions please find below some general information about the retreats

When to visit?

The southern coast of our beautiful island faces high- and a low season. The surf however, is consistent all year around. The peak season runs from December to March. During this period is dry season and it is not as windy when monsoon season kicks in.

From May to October monsoons hits the South. Luckily, this doesn’t mean heavy tropical rain all day around, just a few showers every now and then. During these months, the swell is strong and consistent – but is accompanied with onshore wind. Monsoon season attracts more advanced surfers but is also an excellent season for beginners who are still learning how to surf. Moreover, less crowds! :)

Do I have to speak and understand English to enjoy the retreat?

Yes, in order to make the most out of it we do recommend you have a basic knowledge of the English language

What if I can’t swim?

You do not need to be a strong swimmer. In fact most of our instructors learned to surf first before they could swim ;). Our first lessons are only in waist deep water. However, do let our instructor know if you have trouble swimming. For more advanced lessons we recommend you can swim at least 40 meters without a floating device

I have never surfed in my life. Is this retreat for me?

Yes, absolutely! Lots of our guests have never even touched a surfboard before. We are here to help you to learn to surf and make your first experience on the board an unforgettable one!

What happens if the weather is bad during the surf retreat?

The occasional rains are not a problem for surfing, as you will be in the water for most of your surf lesson anyway :) In the event dangerous surf conditions occur, we will obviously reschedule or postpone a class

Is there a minimum age to take part in the surf retreat?

You need to be at least 18 years old to book your retreat. We do accept children from 10—16 when they are accompanied by a parent(s) or guardian.

What if I don’t know which course to choose?

We kindly ask you to fill out a small questionnaire when booking your retreat. Based on your answers, we will advise you on which course is best for you

When does the retreat start?

The retreat always starts on Sunday and ends on the following Sunday

Is it possible to stay 2 weeks in a row?

Depending on availability, yes!

When can I arrive?

Our check-in time is every Sunday at 2 pm and check-out is the following Sunday at 12 pm. We will have a “welcome dinner” at 7 PM. Feel free to arrive anytime after 2 PM on Sunday. In case of a late arrival (ie after 7 PM) please let us know in advance

Can I arrive before the check-in time?

Of course you are more than welcome to drop your stuff earlier but your room will be ready at 2 PM. We’ll be happy to give you some tips (food, beaches, drinks) on what to do in the meantime, so feel free to drop by earlier!

What if I arrive late?

If you miss the first surf lesson(s), our team will be more than happy to get you up to speed with the theory you’ve missed and get you ready for your lessons

Can I leave early?

If you have to leave early to catch a flight, you could leave on Saturday late afternoon after our final surf session. You do miss our “Goodbye Dinner”" though so plan your trip carefully ;)

Can I change my dates?

Yes, pending availability you are free to change your dates 3 weeks before your arrival.

When is my first lesson?

Monday morning :)

Are there any additional charges such as taxes added to my bill?

The package rates we have on our website is including 14% VAT and local taxes, and this is the final price that you pay. There is no hidden charge.

When should I pay?

You will receive an invoice shortly after your reservation request. We require a 25% deposit to reserve your spot within 48 hours after the reservation, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival by cash or card. If you want to make use of the non-refundable reservation offer you'll pay the full amount within 48 hours

How can I pay for my retreat?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Discover & JCB

Do you offer a discount?

Yes, We offer 10% discount for all non-refundable reservations

Can I cancel and get a refund?

We offer a full refund within 48hrs of booking. Non refundable bookings are not eligible for a refund.

Can I get a refund or discount if I miss the activity or if I want to check-out early?

Unfortunately we are unable to give any discount or refunds.

Can you arrange a transfer from the airport?

Absolutely, we are happy to arrange a transfer from the airport with a trusted driver. Just send us a message and we will sort it.

Have more questions?

Visit our common questions page or send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible

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