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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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go to a-bay! - the nature of this culture means that rebuilding will happen relatively quickly.if you were thinking of going,i would suggest you do!there are many breaks around a-bay,more so than hikka area.and the isolation of the area means that there is much to go for other than surf.probably by the time you get there,things/shops would be different.i.e open and trading. the nature of the culture also means that you can usually make a plan with whatever you needed.i.e boards and/or accomm. finally,apart from coming across wild peacocks,elephants blocking your road and monkeys galore.gov. aid hasnt really reached this area in any big way,so any tourist dollar you spend,you know is going to circulate here. besides,........when are you ever going to see tsunami damage!!!!
Lefts? - Are there any lefts in or around abay?? Or is it just all right handers??
bottom of the sea - the break is on a nice bed of corral reefs, not sandy at least in the first section, so wear your booties, you've been warned.
By Emma and Andrew
Advice - We are heading back to Sri Lanka on Tuesday, Last time we were there was just before Tsunami in Hikkaduwa. We are planning on heading to Abay this time, as we didn't get there last time, however we are both just learning to surf after learning in Sri in November and practising a bit in Lombok in Feb/March (we can stand but need a beach break like in front of Top Secret or Mambo's A Frame in Hikkaduwa, rather than a main break). Can anyone advise on the suitabilty of Abay post tsunami for novice surfers? or make suggestions to where would be suitable?Thanks
RE: Surfshops? - Just got back from A-Bay a little over a week ago- GOOD TIMES! It looks like there is a shop in the making/remaking towards the south end of the road through town, but it didn't look open yet while we were there. You can rent boards of various sizes at Aloha Cabinas and being more than a bit biased (as I stayed there and love the place), I highly recommend stopping by there and checking it out. Better yet, just stay there and then you can check out all the boards. Have a fantastic time, I wish I was still there!
Surfshops? - Hi! I wonder if anybody who have been to aragum bay after the tsunami can tell me if there are surfshops were you can rent or buy a board?? I don't have my own board so I have to be sure that I can rent or buy one!!Thanks!!
need a little info - I am a Cali girl thinking about travelling to A-Bay by myself mid Sept. I"d like to go and surf and try to volunteer some help while I am there. Is this safe? Is there an oranized surf/volunteer group that anyone knows of? How are the waves at this time? I am a pretty solid surfer, but prefer a not to hairy take-off. I've read that the waves are for all levels, but is thus still true after the Tsunami?
abay update - I've just spent one month in abay. Things seem to get quite "normal" again after the Tsunami. Surfingwise I was very lucky, as we had uncrowded waves all the time. By the time I left more people started to arrive. We just surfed the main point, cause all the sandpoints are missing the sand, Pottuvil Point is just a Beach Break at the moment! I can only recommend to go there if you intend to help the locals! But please beware: check out the situation and people well before you help someone out with money, unfortunately many seem to lie concerning their situation! Accomodation could become a problem in the peak season.
Ramini Siripala - Can anybody let me know if Ramini and family are okay. The Arugam Website had a blank by her name. She owns Siripala guesthouse in the corner of the bay. Also if anyone reads this before going and meets Johnson Ratnasinge and his uncles Vijay and Richard, please tell them how happy I am that they are okay and that I am thinking about them, and of course everyone else in the bay, Mary Ruper, Runga, Denis, Nirmala etc and point, Asanka, Inoca and Samalle and Amma. Any news gratefully recieved. Thanks, Atalanta
what is the point like now? - I am also planning to go to aragum in july. I know what it is usually like, having spent six months there last year, but does anyone know what the wave is like now?i really want to go back but just a bit worried the sand may have been shifted somewhere else?any info will be much appreciated.
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