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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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By ppishhorn@amadeus.net , 02-10-2003

Beruwela ? - Are there any breaks in the Beruwela area ?

Or do I really need to head south towards Hikkaduwa ?

Thanks for your info !

By matthew , 26-09-2003

is it worth it? - i'm from so. cal. and have been land locked in india for a couple of months teaching english at a tibetan nunnery in spiti. i'de really like to get some good waves somewhere. maybe thailand or sri lanka. my freind in o.c. told me that that sri lanka is comparable to indo. is there any truth to that? also, how is the exchange rate down there- they have sri lankan rupees? and can i get a decent board that isn't astronomically expensive? i would appreciate any info. thanks.
-matthew

By muzza , 22-09-2003

Sri Lanka is fun - I've just returned from Sri lanka and there are some great fun waves you can surf by yourself or with a few friends if you go exploring. It's worth staying at some of the better known breaks for a while to speak to other surfers and find out the best way to explore the country but there are lots of good waves to be surfed. The local sri lankan surfers are really warm and friendly but demand respect as with anywhere. I had a really good time in sri lanka but it does get quite crowded at some spots and that is when you have to slip off somewhere else more peaceful away from the crowds.
But it is woth seeing the country even if you only get average waves - an amazing country well worth the visit alone.

By ronen , 20-09-2003

help!! - hey surfers, sun lovers..a beginner, going to sri-lanca in few days, i need info about sites and places they rent boards...peace and love...

By sharkbite@gmx.net , 15-09-2003

Surfing at Hikkaduwa - Not sure if I am still looking forward to my surf trip to sri lanka reading all this....
is it the same on the south-west coast?? well, i am sure that at least the locals must be really nice and friendly. i am pretty convinced that the country has a lot to offer, and if the surf sucks i will be rather enjoying some nice trips than fighting for waves with people who haven't grasped the spirit....

By mosfran@hotmail.com , 15-09-2003

To yarivelani - Febuary is a great moment for Sri-Lanka. At this period, the surfing areas are west and south coasts.
Go everywhere except Hikaduwa. just one tip, Go south and you will discover hundreds of reef break just for you and your buddies. One of the coolest place I've ever been!

By yarivelani@yahoo.com , 12-09-2003

Surf season in Sri Lanka - Hi,

I want to surf in Sri Lanka During Febuary. Is it a good season? what are the best spots on that season? waves height?

Thanks in advance

By thinkmonkeyeatchicken@yahoo.co.uk , 07-09-2003

Surf shops - I'm heading to Sri Lanka after 11 months in India and my board is back in England. Are there any surf shops in Sri Lanka, if so what are the prices like for buying or hiring a board?

By Anany , 02-09-2003

Arugam Bay or is it Isreal Bay??? - I've just returned from A bay and I have to say it was one of the most frustrating surf missions I have ever done. There are so many try hards from Isreal (but also other countries but mainly Isreal)who can't really surf who paddle out to the peak expecting instant priority because they are "on the peak"(never mind the five others who have patiently been waiting for there turn - oh no......when you you come from Isreal you go straight for the inside, call everyone off on the first set wave - not make it because you don't have the experience or the ability and then paddle straight for the iside again and do it over and over until finally someone better "drops in"
or you snap your board. Then you go off at them for stealing the wave and saying stuff like "Doin't fuck with me Ive killed x number of Palestinians".

Fuck it was a nightmare this year!!!!!

They yell at you if you go to "drop in" even if it is your turn because they were deeper and you """stole the wave""". I cant tell you how many times that's happened!!!!

It's pretty easy to see why people are over the Isrealis especially when they behave the way they do. It is a hard one because you don't want to generalize as one or two of them are really cool mellow people who can do a decent turn or two...but by en large most of them are greedy kooks who don't understand the order in a lineup and probably never will. Such a shame when you get to such a beautiful place and you see bunches of twenty or thirty paddle out at a time and take over and bicker among themselves - as one bloke put it they'd even drop in on their own mother if they could. I mean - you get fuckwits from every counry travelling the world but when you so many from one place doing the same thing it's hard not to get pissed off and take it upon yourself to lay down some rules once and for all. So in the end people just started fading 'em into the reef until they beganto see why it happened to them.

Apart from that you do get the odd session whithout the wankers but to have a nice workable wave ruined by so many kooks is a shame to say the least. Hard to say if it's worth going back.

By evilness_is_happiness@hotmail.com , 31-08-2003

Re: info about Oct; seson - Hikkaduwa is pretty good for surfing, not sure how the waves are in Oct. but i reckon they'll be good. As for acommodation, if you're cool with eating rotty's and cheap food you can find guest houses for Rs.400 a night (about $4), have a look for Sweden Inn..

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