SAFA Surf School, Arugam Bay

Fawas Lafeer is the founder of SAFA Surf Camp in Arugam Bay and has run his small business since 2000. He works from his surf shop on Main Street, Pottuvil. 

My passion is surfing and to share and learn from everyone who is open to new experiences, culture and adventure. During my time as a surfer since the age of twelve my passion grew and I decided to become a instructor so I undertook my International Surfing Association (ISA) certificate in 2009.I learned surf life-saving, first aid, surf ethics, and etiquette.

By trade I am a architect where I studied with a British college in Colombo. But my heart and love is for surf it’s now my fulltime lifestyle. I have been a local surfer in Arugam Bay for over sixteen years now and teaching for five years. During this time life has changed, I have met many different people from other countries and backgrounds each of them teaching me as much as they learn to surf. Every student is different and requires patience to learn a new skill especially in a new environment so we do our best to make everyone feel welcome.


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Latitude: 6.84258 Longitude: 81.831856 Elevation: 23 ft
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FAWAS Lafeer

Areas of Service and Expertise

Professional and friendly surf team at your service

Come with us to live an incredible surf experience with our enthusiastic surf team. Fawas, Mahee, Muba and Jelil are all fully qualified surf instructors and ocean lifeguards. We will share with your our deep knowledge of the surf and especially of landing beach breaks. We can teach all type of people and adapt our surf teaching methods to each group regarding surf conditions of the day. As we are willing to offer high quality surf lesson and usually work in pairs combining the best teaching abilities of each of us to help you improve your surfing technique.


Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

For the last five years one of the best and most successful surf school in Arugambay, only safe surf school offering high knowledge of surfing with with Internationally Accredited Surf Coaches and Beach Lifeguards and safa specializes in kids lessons starting at age of 5 years.

SAFA (Surfing Access for All) offering

  • 90Min surf lesson(dry and wet) + transport to the surf spot + all surf equipment included (group lessons we do discount)
  • Surf packages and accommodations :  /
  • Surf board hire
  • Yala East National Park guides and Lagoon tours
  • Night surf camp on the surf point beach: sunset surf and sunrise surf + bon fire with BBQ on the beach +sleeping in the tent :  minimum 4 people

Our camp is registered through ISA and is available to everyone who is willing to learn. No matter what country, culture, religion, or language we share our experience and knowledge. We offer a unique experience to our guests in the way we support, integrate, train, and employ local community people. Our love for the country and the environment is so important so we like to always be conscious of our environment and practice eco-sustainability to keep the pristine beaches and parks on the east coast as clean and beautiful as they are found.

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Fawas is a Arugam Bay local. 

Accessibility Notes

SAFA stands for Surfing Access For All. Surfing is available to everyone who is willing to learn.

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