Arugam bay is one of the world's top ten surfing spots. It is situated 320 km drive from Colombo in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's south-east coast. Arugam bay consists of three small villages with approximately 3.500 people. November to January is coolest and April to August, when the surf is best, could reach above 36 C in the shade. The three international renowned surfpoints close to Arugam Bay are Arugam Point, Pottuvil Point and Crocodile Rock. In the summer of 2004 the ISA (International Surfing Association) staged Arugam Bay's first international surfing competition. The nearest town is Pottuvil, a bustling town with about 12 000 people.