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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Don't expect much from SL - Sri Lanka is average in all departments, the surf the people the vibe everything. Some days are good in the water but if everyone who goes there is honest it is crowded and full of wankers from everywhere around the world, even guys and girls from UK/Israel/Italy etc who can't surf but are the "Big Surf Trip Man" but are carving it up if you ask them! the local surfers are pretty good and are getting more and more aggro towards foreigners each season, worst of all the tourists try to speak their 3-4 words in Sinhala and call the local guys "Machung" etc. which makes it worse and just makes them look like idiots, but unfortunatly they thinkit is cool and add to their attitude theat they have loads of money and act like they are suddenly high rollers but they all back at home they are a regualr Joe and probably have nothing. Every tourist snakes each other and it is normal to see 4/5 people riding the one wave and dropping in. Add to this the Long board riders, not the real longboarders who rip but the ones who can stand up on a long board but can't ride a shortboard, take the waves right out wide and surf through the pack then without hisitation paddle straight back to the take off and go again & again. Get the picture! this is the real story, I've lived here and surfed here for years, some touring surfers are great, usually the ones who are from the real surfing countries and they are easy going, the rest of them are jerks and treat the place like a disco. The tourists think the locals enjoy them being there, when they sit around and chat about it they have had a gutfull. So there you go, don't come here if you have a group of 10 come on your own or with a good mate.
SEASON SRI LANKA - guys the surf in Sri Lanka is there on the whole south coast. there are heaps of places that pic up the swell and provide up to 3ft of good quility waves, if you want the good stuff youll have to go in season Jan/Feb. I was there at the end of feb and into march (04)and didnt get it big at all but had quality everyday for a month, the locals said that it stayed pretty much like we had it all year (except for in season of course). it is a great place to bring your kids (tell them to look left then right 100times before crossong the road!) but it is my experiance that you will NEVER get waves like indo or the maldives...
show me the way - just decided to add a side trip to my maldives trip and chose sri lanka.will be arriving early april so any advice for grabbing the best waves would be greatly appreciated!
Hows the surf in August?? - Wasss Up? Has anybody heard about or experienced surfing in Sri Lanka in August? I was planing to go to Bali, but been there done that. So I was thinking maybe Sri Lanka. Also, any problems now day with the civil war? What areas are safest? Taking my kids too. Thank you
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Violence in Arugam Bay? - Hello, what do you think? Are local surfers from Arugam Bay violent towards other Sri Lankan surfers?
Visiting Sri Lanka in July - I'm visiting Sri Lanka in July and I'm wondering how the waves are at this time in Hikkaduwa. I know it's not the best time to go there around July, but I was just wondering if this area ( Hikkaduwa, Midigama, Weligama, Unawatuna) is surfable. Please let me know on personal experience
- hey there, lobbing into columbo in mid-May was just wondering where the ideal surf destinations may be at this particular time of year. Cheers
March - Hi people,I'm planing a quick stint in Sri Lanka, hopefully arriving around the 20th feb and returning around 20th March. What is the go with the waves, which side of the island do I need to be on? Where are the best spots to stay? How do I get there from Colombo... ArgggghhhhAny help would be appriciated.Thanks
Feedback on Seasons - I am planning a quick trip in March -May with no particular destination in mind. I will be arriving from Amman, Jordan with boards, but am wondering what coast is best during this period. Appreciate any help.Surfdaddy
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