Surfboard rental with Stay Golden in Arugam Bay
Renting a surfboard at Stay Golden
At Stay Golden, you can rent surfboards, as well. We have a small but good collection of boards in different sizes and shapes. Funboards, shortboards, a longboard, just to mention some.
We don’t claim to be a surfboard shop, but we are happy to share our passion with you 🙂
Surfboard shops in Arugam Bay
To be honest, there are tons of surfboard shops in Arugam Bay. Especially in the high season, it feels like there is a shop on literally every corner.
In the last years, Arugam Bay became popular among longboarders. Most of the boards offered for rent in the Bay are still shortboards. There are some longboards available in town, but don’t expect a big choice.
Unfortunately, in general, not all of the boards offered are in good condition. Be careful about renting a surfboard. Maybe take some pictures of the board at the moment you receive it. We have heard about scams, where shop owners try to make money by charging you for dings you haven’t caused.
Prices for renting a board
If you know you are going to stay for a minimum of a couple of days, you can negotiate for a long term rental discount. Ask directly how they deal with changing the board style during the rental.
The average price for renting a surfboard per day is 800 – 1.000 LKR, depending on the condition and the type of board. Rent a board in town before you go to one of the surf spots in the area. They started to also rent out boards at the beaches, though, the price differs a lot from the one in town. We’ve heard about 1.000 LKR for three hours or 500 LKR for one hour.
Buying a new board in Arugam Bay
Two years ago, it was almost impossible to buy a new board in Arugam Bay. These times are over. There are some exquisite surf shops who sell great boards. Don’t expect them to be cheap, though. Here are two of the main addresses for new surfboards in Arugam Bay: Dylan’s Surf Company and the shop of Hideaway on the Main Road.
Traveling with a surfboard in Sri Lanka
Traveling in Sri Lanka is time-consuming and – if you travel by public transport – not always comfortable. Depending on the focus of your holiday (round trip with some surfing days or pure surfing holiday), renting a surfboard might be your option to go with.
In case you prefer to surf with your own board, we recommend traveling by taxi. Find out more about our taxi service here.