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Treat yourself to a week of surf and yoga in stunning Sri Lanka. Surf will make your vacation a thrilling one and with the perfect complement, yoga, you will be able to develop skills that are crucial when you first start surfing: upper body strength, flexibility, and endurance. You will also get a massage during your stay, which will help you disconnect even more from reality and forget about the stress!
Surf & Yoga Mirissa is housed in a beautiful charming garden. The jungle is the back yard, where monkeys roam around freely. There are six rooms in total, aptly named after surfing moves and yoga postures. Facilities at the surf camp include café, restaurant, surf shop, chill-out lounge, carom, cards, hula-hoop, skip the rope, hammocks, snorkeling equipment, surf movies, slacklining, book library, yoga mats, and badminton.
This wooden cottage probably has the best view of the thick jungle and beyond. This is a triple room with a double bed and a single room with an extra large, private balcony.
This is an air-conditioned family room with a queen-sized bed and single bed. A baby cot can be provided on request for an extra fee. The room has the jungle view over the fence. It also has a private balcony with chairs and a couch, as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
This is the first-floor triple room with marble floor, queen-sized bed, and an extra single bed. It has a private balcony with a view across the footpath to the gate.
This is a standard triple room with a view over the garden. It has a large sofa bed in its private balcony as well. With marble floors and lush view, guests love this room. The room has a queen-sized bed and a single bed.
This air-conditioned room is a comfortable triple room with a private balcony with a nice view over the jungle in the backyard. The room also has tea and coffee making facilities.
This is a wooden cottage with a double room with a smaller private balcony, ocean view, and air conditioning. It is ideal for a couple looking for a cozy hang-out.
Surf & Yoga Mirassa aims to keep things a bit different. From their fine surrounding at the guesthouse and the surf points nearby, all their certified surf coaches and guides, and to the equipment that they use, they aim to have the highest regional standard.
Everything on the surf coaching courses is designed to make sure that you get the most out of your surfing during your stay. The surf programs are comprehensive in that they not only include plenty of time in the surf but also video analysis, feedback, and surf theory classes.
Each surfing session is progressive and goal oriented for each of the participants and at the end of the surf session, your coach will be discussing with you how you progressed learning that new skill taught.
The team is careful not to mix ability levels. Therefore, there will be a four to one student-instructor ratio at all times. This will also mean that you will never have to wait for others to keep up or feel left behind looking at the good surfers.
Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is a wave garden with more than 15 surf spots accessible within easy reach from the camp, with most of the breaks located within 10 minutes. Every morning, a surf check online and with local surfing friends is performed to decide which beaches to head to.
The beaches you visit will depend on several factors, such as ability level of each group and the swell conditions. This means that the chances are high that you will have ideal conditions no matter your level.
In addition to plenty of time in the water, all guests will also receive theory lessons. Depending on which package you book, you also have the option to get your surfing videos reviewed by the surfing team.
Some people are supremely confident in the waves, while others are intimidated by just being in the ocean environment but everyone, without exception, enjoys their first day surfing. The location of your first surf lesson is Weligama Beach Break, one of the finest beginner surfing beaches in South Sri Lanka.
The water is warm, with a perfect sandy bottom, shallow water, and no dangerous sea life or current make this the ideal start point for your surfing vacation. The first element of your first surf lesson will be on the beach warming up, introducing you to the surf break and your beginner board.
The trainers will move on to teach you laying on the board at the correct position, paddling on the board, and pop-up. If you have a weaker body, other relevant methods of getting up will be taught, such as a four-step method. You will also learn some necessary safety techniques.
Your first day of surfing will finish with a summary of the skills which will be covered during the upcoming week, as well as what they will lead on to. That is where the fun starts. For most of you, after the first day of surfing, within five days you can aim to go out the back and start catching the green waves already.
Yoga complements surfing in many ways. It helps three main strengths any beginner surfer should aim to develop in the medium run: upper body strength, endurance, and flexibility. No matter your age, size, or fitness level, the program is suitable for all levels of experience. The instructor will adapt poses to your ability.
Yoga at the camp will be carried out in the lawn with the shade of palm trees. Sunset yoga at the cliff overlooking the Indian ocean and beautiful Sri Lankan sunsets is also offered. Full moon yoga is also an option at the camp.
Surf & Yoga Mirissa is located in the third bay of Mirissa, which is a quiet end of busy Mirissa Beach. With just a hop from the beach, you reach a beautiful little bay meant for snorkeling, sun and sea bathing, or reading a book under a coconut tree.
You can take a beach stroll to the left and reach the main beach, which has many restaurants, or do a small hike to the left and reach the hilltop to visit the other beach and the temple or observe the sunset.
The are three surf spots in the third bay itself. On the left, you will find Parrot Rock break, Mirissa Beach, and point breaks, giving any level of surfer a great choice. Sri Lanka’s southwest coast is a wave garden with more than 15 surf spots accessible within easy reach from the camp, with most of the breaks located within 10 minutes.
A standard breakfast is included every day, which will be either a continental breakfast or a delicious Sri Lankan traditional breakfast, depending on the availability of the ingredients. For lunch and dinner, there is a simple à la carte menu from which you can select. Surf & Yoga Mirissa tries to keep their menu as healthy and as delicious as possible.
During this week, you will enjoy a relaxing massage.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. An air-conditioned private car or van costs around 80 USD, including expressway passes. It takes approximately three hours to get from the airport to the guesthouse.
Take the bus from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Pettah main bus terminal and take the bus number 2 to Matara (normal way) or the Express bus to Matara (depending on availability). From there, you can take a tuk-tuk to the camp in Mirissa.
For train times, please visit the Sri Lanka Railways website.
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