When we arrived in Weligama, the weather was not the best. Windy blowing on shore and the surf was very choppy. So we asked the boys at Freedom to take us on a guided tour of some of the surf spots in the area. Not only did we see some of their local surf spots. We seen pole fishermen and a snake farm.
I know we paid a like more than we should have but we had fun and it filled our morning.
Lesitha, Ashan, Niroush and Lani were the best instructors that we had in Weligama.
Unlike many other surf-instructors on the beach, freedom surf school actually provides teachers that are professional surfers who are great at teaching. We really made progress in a couple of lessons and had the best time. You should definitely surf with Freedom, would recommend 5/5!
I stayed for 3 weeks in the Freedom villa on the surf package. Freedom also organised and booked a 10-day tour for my Dad and I before arriving in Weligama (Negombo, Pinnawala, Sigirya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Nurawa Eliya, Ella). Leomi was absolutely amazing. She answered every question we had, dealt with all our requests promptly, and was so accommodating of any budget query, suggestion or change of heart we had along the way. We felt free to do our own thing and also very well looked out for. Leomi also arranged for Suren to drive us from place to place, who was professional, lots of fun and full of recommendations - we were always stopping off at food stalls or unexpected places, hearing about Sri Lankan history, culture, religion, and so on. He was an amazing tour guide! My Dad even got to play a bit of cricket with him at the bottom of Little Adam’s Peak (a real highlight for him so I thought it deserved a mention…) All in all we had an incredible time and it was really all down to Freedom’s careful planning and recommendations - very grateful to Leomi for making it happen!
I also had a great few weeks staying with Freedom in Weligama. The teachers are fun and encouraging - the school is really accommodating in terms of how fast you want to progress, how regularly you want lessons etc. The villa is ideally placed and very relaxing - it's light and breezy, and so nice to come back to in the afternoons if you’re a bit knackered from the surf. It’s also a great place to meet people if you’re a solo traveller. Leomi and Rowan both go out of their way to make sure every one of their guests has the best time possible - from delicious breakfasts, to sorting laundry service and bike hire, to lifts to the local doctor if you’re a bit clumsy and manage to cut yourself on your own surfboard fin... They’re also full of recommendations for restaurants or nearby day-trips for days when you feel like exploring. I felt seriously lucky to find them and whole-heartedly recommend Freedom as a school and accommodation to anyone visiting Weligama - such a special place!
Me and my boyfriend stayed at Freedom Surf Villa doing a package of 10 surf lessons and 6 nights at the villa. Their value for money was just fantastic, but particularly given the lovely villa and the quality surf teaching. Leomi our host couldn’t have made us feel more welcome and at home for the whole week. The villa is just a short walk from the beach in a nice neighbourhood, has a light, open and friendly feel - you can snooze in your bedroom after some intense surfing or chat with other Freedomers in the communal area over a cup of coffee or one of Leomi’s yummy breakfast smoothie bowls.
And for the surf lessons - we were taught by the National Champion of Sri Lanka! Leista was patient and made lessons fun. We felt like we’d cracked it (as beginners) at the end of the week and are well and truly hooked on surfing now. There are a number of surf shops on Weligama beach front but if you want quality teaching whether beginner/advanced and friendly instructors at a surf school I’d thoroughly recommend Freedom.
Where to start...? Long story short - I booked 6 nights and stayed 10.
I actually got there by accident. Someone I met on the beach in Tangalle recommended this place to me as I was still uncertain what to do. Luckily, Leomi also had free space in the villa. The villa is such a lovely place with a great atmosphere. I met a really nice group of people’s and there was always someone around for dinner or other social activities. As a solo traveller this is essential. Leomi also invited us to join gatherings with her friends, which I think shows how much she cares about her guests. Oh... and those smoothie bowls she prepares for breakfast - the best start to a morning full of surfing!!!
The surf school is fantastic as well. Didn’t expect to get up and catch some waves as a total beginner during my first lesson. I had Lanith aka Popper as an instructor. He is a great teacher, funny and very encouraging. I went from a 8‘10“ soft board to a 7‘10“ hard board in 10 days. I also had a couple of lessons with Lesitha as Lanith was out and he was also great. I got a lot out of his sessions.
The surf school is also a great place to hang out and talk to other travelers. I stayed for one month in Sri Lanka and i have to say that these 10 days are my favorite memory. I will surely come back one day.