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Yala ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Yala Surf Guide

Yala in SE is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Ideal winds are from the north northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips and isolation.

Yala Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
30.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Yala:

The best conditions reported for surf at Yala occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Yala (for consistent clean waves)?

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Yala with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in November while 46% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Yala Location Map

Interactive Yala surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Yala is Amparai (Galoya) Airport (GOY) in Sri Lanka, which is 116 km (72 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Yala is Colombo Ratmalana Airport (RML), also in Sri Lanka, 185 km (115 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Yala Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 03:56 Local Time
Saturday 17
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 15
WSW 15
WSW 20
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross-

Swell History at Yala

Surf stats for Yala, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Yala

Wind stats for Yala, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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    • Icon  s33.2
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    • Icon  s33.0
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    46km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    72km away

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