A-Bay has been a stepping-stone on the Indian Ocean trail for a long time, thanks to its reputation for being a class act in an exotic, laid-back zone. Long, lazy rights peel down the sand and rock southern point of Arugam Bay for hundreds of meters, bending to parallel the beach and slowly diminishing in size along the way. It starts off with a bit of a hollow section, then walls and shoulders in inviting sections that are more playful as opposed to powerful. This means all abilities are found in the extremely crowded line-up and drop-ins, snaking and bad vibes are commonplace during the peak season of May – August.
It’s very consistent and often crowded with occasional barrels in front of the corner, but the afternoon SE sea breeze often messes it up. It can be dangerously shallow and sectiony at low tide over the old coral reef. There are lots of local surfers and competitions are regularly held here by both Sri Lankan and foreign surf associations.