Surf School Sri Lanka
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Surf School Sri Lanka offers you an amazing combination of the highest possible levels of surf coaching for intermediate surfers only in some of the most user friendly surf conditions on the planet. We offer solid technical surf coaching to those beyond the white water level right through to advanced surfers. A unique coaching system that recognised world wide as one of the best .
Ahangama, Sri Lanka

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2022

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Charlotte D
London, UK8 contributions
Dec 2020 • Solo
Today I went surfing for the first time since COVID, in the UK. Last time was Dec 2019 with the team in Sri Lanka. In video analysis today, the comment on my stance was “This is textbook positioning - spot on”. The team in Sri Lanka are just so good at explaining what you need to do to improve your surfing…had to leave another review, as it’s clearly stuck despite a break and I can’t wait to get back out!
Written October 16, 2021
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Thanks so much for that and so good to hear that knowledge stayed with you . Great that you were back with us and it will only get better. We will always be there for you of course ...
Written December 26, 2021
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Andrew
2 contributions
Mar 2020
This school taught me more in a week than what I learned over the previous 3 years of surfing on my own. It really is worth the investment, for the instruction, the video analysis, and the motivation from like-minded students. They take care of you, from the very first email interaction!

P.S. Thanks for the peanut butter pot.
Written March 21, 2020
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Ah thanks ...that's a lovely review especially coming at such talk times ...but the light will be back and we really hope we have you with us again one day ...with peanut butter of course
Written March 22, 2020
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Ebony Y
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2020
First time I joined the school in Lanzarote 2013, I was more or less a beginner. Tim coached me over the course of 3 weeks and I saw my surfing improve immensely! Especially skills around longboarding, being more ocean and water adverse, but most importantly etiquette and safety. Many schools don't teach you this! Tim's passion and way of teaching is what I valued mostly, hence I have always recommended the school to all my friends and family.

Fast forward to February 2020, I took the 10 day course in Sri Lanka. This time my surfing skill was more or less intermediate. I was learning to turn and riding shorter boards. Not only was the school amazing as usual, the type of waves Sri Lanka offer are perfect for the intermediate surfer. After each morning's surf, it was followed by delicious and healthy lunch which also cater for those with special dietary needs. Then, daily video analysis is probably one of the most helpful things to help your surfing. The video breaks downs show your good and bad habits. The instructors Dan and Janis are professional in how they inform you of the mechanics and physics of surfing manoeuvres which help you understand how you can improve. Land simulation was also key in helping your style, stance and vision.

If you are 100% committed to taking your surfing to the next level then I highly recommend. It's a shame with what is going on in the world surrounding covid-19, but make sure you support these guys especially if you want to improve your surfing! Sri Lankan locals are also very friendly and kind.

All in all, Tim's passion for surfing is like not other. I have been to so many surf schools and nothing quite is the same. It's clear Tim's passion has passed on to Dan.

Thanks guys! See you again :)
Written March 31, 2020
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Hello there ..its Tim and so good to hear from you and that you had such a great time in Lanzarote . I remember our time together well and the guys said you have come such a long way . We are all so pleased for you and thanks for recommending us too ...and now you can lots of people about Surf School Sri Lanka !. That's so lovely what you said about Dan ...he's amazing but only 26 ..I coached you at my 55 years of age so you can only imagine where Dan is going . Its awful about the virus but we really want to weather the storm and be here for you for many years to come. Big hugs and thanks again
Written April 1, 2020
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Sean Fowell
4 contributions
Jan 2022 • Solo
The best surf school I've been to hands down.
Really knowledgeable enthusiastic, Dan and his team deliver exceptional training with their land based drills and warm ups right through to the coaching in the water. The video analysis is a fantastic way to critique your technique when surfing a wave, and the feedback you receive will help you understand what is going right and wrong and what you can improve to take your surfing to the next level. I felt that Dan and his team got job satisfaction when students applied the techniques taught, and everyone shared the Stoke when a student caught a great wave with cheer and applause. Great atmosphere, serious when needed, really well organised and lots of fun. The yoga classes that are included are fantastic, the breakfast was always a welcome treat to look forward to post surf and I'm looking forward to returning for more coaching. If you are serious about improving your surfing take some lessons at surf school Sri Lanka!
Written February 12, 2022
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Thanks for that really detailed description of what we do and what you felt about the enthusiasm that you got from the coaches. But a big thanks to you as well fro putting in all your hard work as well . We really hope its not too long till your with us again and keep in touch as well for any guidance on training as well of course. See you soon
Written February 14, 2022
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Nbasquin
Geneva, Switzerland2 contributions
Dec 2019
Surf school Sri Lanka is not just another surf school, this is the best surf school i ever experienced after 6 years of surfing. The coaches Jannis and Dan are absolutely pedagogic and motivating instructors that can really identify your specific areas of improvement and make you progress faster than ever. They have a really unique coaching method with exercises out of the water to train position, quick take-off and manœuvres. Every session is also recorded with a camera and has a video analysis at the end that helps everyone to improve his surfing. The classes are remarkably well organized with breathing meditation methods, effective warm ups and good after surf trainings. The surf spot were we go is also a very good reef break with very clean and mellow waves (rights and lefts) perfect to improve your riding skills. In other words I really recommend this surf school as I learned and progressed more in 6 days than in the last years. Thanks again for the great team and atmosphere! I will come back 100% sure!!
Written January 9, 2020
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That's so good to hear that the whole experience with was so positive and the best in 6 years of surfing with the most improvement ..wow.., that's says it all. It is a unique system worldwide and the instructors spend so much time on perfecting not only the system and techniques they deliver but also insuring they are functional of each individuals needs . Its their devotion to this approach that really sets us apart. But we are going to get better and that's our goal. The new introduction of breath technique visualization is a new and exciting world for us and the feedback on this has been so positive. Thanks go es to to Ranga who can never take his eye of the ball in the video recording and we know we have such a united coaching team but the efforts of our clients in response to what we deliver is so rewarding. Thanks so much for taking the time to write that great review and we shall see you soon .
Written January 11, 2020
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Nikokai1987
Hamburg, Germany3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Surfschool Sri Lanka blew my mind. I did a 10 day course with the school and it was so much more than I expected.
Every day is very organized, starting early with meditation, warm ups and then straight to the secret intermediate friendly reef break to avoid the crowds.
With a small class size (8-12) and one surf coach per 4 students in the water we received direct feedback after every wave.
After the surf we had a nice breakfast and then hit the garden where we practiced different surfing manoveurs on dry land.For example vision, paddling, basic and advanced turning, pop ups, footwork, turtle roll, duckdive.
In addition to that we did theory lessons on tides, safety, rules of surfing.
After this the coaches spent almost 1.5 hours with video analysis with detailed feedback for all of our waves as well as looking at waves you missed, paddle ins and wipe outs to understand what you can do better next time. That way we got personalized feedback on our top flwas and drills on how to change them.
This helped me a lot to discover numerous flaws in my paddling, board positioning and foot placement.

If you are an intermediate surfer who wants to take surfing seriously and is willing to work on your mistakes- then this course is the best thing you can do. Less fear, better technique and way more enjoyment are the benefits you will get for your remaing surfing life.
If you prefer to be pushed into a wave on a Longboard with no feedback, then this course is not for you.

The whole course was one of the best coaching expierences I ever had.

Thanks to all coaches for being fun, technical and caring.

Big bonus at the end, you get your waves on a USB stick (you need to bring the stick) to see your improvement and you can show your friends and family on how you finally learned to rip;).
Written February 15, 2020
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Thanks for that super detailed and positive review. Its great for other to read the detail you have put in and it helps us so much . Its great that you pointed out how the course can deal with fear , encourage the improvement of technique and how personal the feedback we give is. The video analysis which the team do so skillfully is really one of the core parts of the course and thanks for pointing that out. We hope your with us again one day but in the meantime please keep in touch with any questions about training and especially boards and other equipment . A really lovely review and thanks again from all of us.
Written February 27, 2020
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Hermann Z
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Dan , Jannis and Tharaka are very technical coaches . Their approach to surf allows you to gain confidence , practice after the surf session ( on their dry practical class ) and on top of that with a great video analysis which leads to an instant progress.

I wasn't in my best shape on my arrival , but after three days of technical instructions by the before named coaches , i could acknowledge and feel a huge progress on my surf skills ( paddling, knowing when to jump up ) .

For about 8 days the only main goal was to get better , everything turns into a surf conversation ( during the course and outside ) .

This said , I felt instantly like home with these guys loaded with a huge amount of knowledge, humour and patience .

I can only highly recommend this experience at Sri Lanka with this surf school .

Looking forward to see them ( let's hope ) next year !
Written January 7, 2020
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Thats such a great review to get and thanks so much . It's great you got so much from the course and found it intense but really productive and that's just what we aim for of course . But without clients feeling at home none of that work work so thanks so much in pointing that out. e really hope you are back with s next year and do book well in advance please as you can see we get so many people wanting to come back from this season. Please keep in touch with any surf related question of course and hang in there with this payment issue ...it will get sorted .. Thanks again,
Written January 8, 2020
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Seb
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We stayed with Dan, Janis and Seraina for 7 days in January. The coaching even helps more advanced surfers to improve their skills, teaches you about the safety side of surfing as well and the video analysis is very detailed (VISION!! :) ) Also the exercises on land lets you focus more on your technique and everyone improves with that course! The coaches are super nice and their enthusiasm for surfing is contagious. We will definitely be back to further improve as it it worth every penny!!
Written January 12, 2020
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Hi and thanks for that super positive review. We should change the name of the course to a " Vision " course one day ...its so vital and needs to be at the core of what we do ... Our saying that " you can look...but do you see ? " stands up every time as a worthwhile mantra for each wave. Great that you highlighted the safety side too as if miss out on that then all the funds gone in a moment. So lovely that you felt so comfortable with us and of course please come back to us. But in the meantime please stay in touch with any surf related questions, especially about training and the right boards for you. Thanks again ...just a super review
Written January 13, 2020
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mjr201223
Christchurch, New Zealand74 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
I came here with a bunch of surfer friends from Sydney Australia. We’re all intermediate and wanted solid surf coaching and consistent quality waves. That’s exactly what we got. There’s plenty of “surf camps” around but most are just trying to cash in, with basic coaching only. Here they actually know what they’re doing, are accredited, and lay it out in detail, breaking it down to give you very personalised advice specific to your own level, whether you need to work on stance, to getting your first cut back, or more advanced turns as generating spray and power. Loved the video analysis and also the local brekkie every day. Very genuine and friendly crew. Would 100% go back.
Written March 31, 2020
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Thanks so much for that great review and we are so proud there is a big difference from what we offer to the usual surf school and camp. But there is 38 years of development behind this system and we all feel we still have a long way to go . It would be so great to have you back and don't forget to keep in touch with any surf related questions in the meantime ... see you next season we hope and thanks again from all of us
Written April 1, 2020
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Claire S
4 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Insight surf school is fantastic. It is so well run, the teaching is excellent and the format of the day works really well including surfing followed by practical lessons out of the water, video feedback and everyone day, yoga.
My partner and I spent 5 days in the surf school and learned so much! The atmosphere is great and we were part of a great group of surfers.
The expertise of the instructors is second to none and their passion for surfing translates into an excellent surf school experience.
We would love to come back again and will also look at the Lanzarote insight school.
Could not recommend more.
Written March 28, 2020
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Hi and thanks so much for that lovely review which is great to see in these tough times. We really hope we do see you both at one of our schools one day and please do keep in touch with any surf related questions of course . Thanks again
Written March 29, 2020
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