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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..

By kobilazar@hotmail.com , 30-08-2003

info about Oct; seson - please if there is someone that know some details about surf conditions ,places ,acomdations,surf spots on Oct please send me E-mail.

By Colin Meads , 20-08-2003

Colin Meads surfs - Good call there bay. Travelling the world you realise that you can even further generalise between those that have surfed since grommethood and those fuckwits that have learnt later in life. e.g. their "gap year" or after military service in the west bank. Which group would you rather surf and hang with?
We grew up surfing in heirachies where you gradally gained respect through ability and character. When surfng the world you know immediately when you are surfing with someone has experienced the same deal. and you share the waves. Its a pity you just can't explain that to the fuckwit Israeli that repeatedly paddles inside of you when they can't even lay down a turn.


Surfings

By anonymous , 10-08-2003

Dear Israeli surfers in Sri Lanka - Listen up you shit head drop in queens: I love your country, honest. I have been there and have friends there. I have nothing against Israel in principle, and so don't you dare, as you so love to do, turn this rant of mine below into another "oh, us poor Jews, everybody hates us" cop out defense.

BUT:

If you guys are going to go out and surf outside of Israel, then learn the fucking rules and stick to them. You really want the respect you so desperatly expect from the world community? Then acting like you deserve it in the water is a good place to start.

"Oh, I didn't see you! REAL sorry!!!" (Comming from the same guys, for the umteenth time) is going to get you folks in deep shit trouble in a lot of places in this world, and not just in the water. Come to Indo, where I live, and pull this type of shit, and you will go home with some broken bones. Surf fairly, on the other hand, and you will make lots of friends.

What is it about that you do not understand yet?

This is not a blanket statement condeming every one of you. In every crowd there is always a few mature responsible people. But I am experienced enough and well traveled enough to make these generalized statements about Israelis, in particular, in the water.


When you are on the road you are an ambassador to your country, as I am for mine, and to be very honest here, with the type of behavior I see out in the water from you folks, I am starting to understand why you are being increasingly isolated by the world political communities, comprendo?

By muste , 24-07-2003

minne ? - Kalle, vaikuttaa siltä kuin elämyshakuisen kulutusyhteiskunnan tarpeenluojat olisivat onnistuneet päämäärissään sinunkin kohdallasi. Onneksi laikkaroinnin ihannointi näyttää jo saavuttaneen lakipisteensä ja vähitellen ymmärretään, ettei lankkua voi noin vain ottaa ja muista välittämättä viilettää unelmatehtailijoiden hehkuttamiin vesiputkiin mielin määrin, koska ensinnäkin nuo putket ovat todellisuudessa paljon harvinaisempia kuin mediat antavat ymmärtää. Toiseksi vaikka nykyään esim netistä voi lähes kuka tahansa löytää tietoa, missä ja milloin putkia mahdollisesti on saatavilla, niin putken tasolle nouseminen vaatii sellasta panostusta, että se jää monelle valtameren ääressä koko ikänsä asuneellekin harvinaiseksi herkuksi tai pelkäksi haaveeksi. Valitettavasti todellisuuteen herääminen on ollut hidasta ja heräämisen aikana moni maailmanluokan huippupaikka on täyttynyt kaiken maailman yrittäjistä siinä määrin, että lajin henki on kärsinyt vakavia vaurioita.
Safiirisaari, jota nyt tarkastelemme, on osaksi säästynyt keskitasoisten rantojensa ja kakskytvuotisen sisällissotansa johdosta. Safiirisaarellakin voi tehdä paljon muuta kuin mitä yleisesti tyrkytetään, jos sun nyt välttämättä pitää jotain tehdä. Voisit vaikka kiivetä portaiden asemesta Aatamin piikille osaksi ikivanhoja, vuoreen pyhiinvaeltajille hakattujen metallirenkaiden avulla ja ylittää Aatamin silta kävellen/uiden saaren vähemmistökansan emomaahan ihmettelemään elämän kulkua/tarkoitusta.

By anonymous , 21-07-2003

Sorry fellas!!!! - Ok, I am a fuckin idiot...all credit taken..J-Bay is in S-Africa...just a typeing mistake, hope you understand cause it sucks to try and avoid work and hang at the amazing internet all day long...planning and waiting for a better life!!!! Sorry for that!!!

-Kalle

By anonymous , 21-07-2003

Kiitos Musteelle!!!! - Joo, oliko tullu joku ajatus katkos ja kirjotettua vahingossa Afrikan tilalle Amerikka!!! Tämän tyyliset palstat tuntien en ihmettele vastauksia, jätettäköön ne sikseen...oma moka!!!!

Joo, pointti on se että en ole mikään aaltojen ritari, lähinnä mielessä lähteä talvehtimaan jonnekin ja olis ihan nasta vaikka opetella siinä sivussa surffailua. Aika rajua läppää näyttää olevan näillä sivuilla tosta paikallisesta "skenestä"!!!! Ja tosiaan jonkun päivän olen lajia testaillut juurikin E-Afrikassa, J-Bayssä ja sittemin Byron Bayssa...mutta puhutaan jostain kokeiluista anyway!!!! Tosin noissa mestoissahan on paljon alotelijoita ja "turisteja" jotka testailee...ja siihen hyvät resurssit..ja oikeille kavereille varmaan paljon enemmänkin!!!

Oletko kuitenkin sitä mieltä että mesta on katsastamisen arvoinen, muussakin mielessä, vaikka et suurenmoista kuvaa siitä antanutkaan...hintataso ainakin olis kohallaan!?!?!?! Reissanut olen aika reilusti, ja surffailu olisi mielestäni hyvä tapa viettää aikaa...mitään duunia tuskin suunnalta löytyy enkä jaksa vaan maata rannalla ja ihmetellä kovin pitkään!!!

Ja ymmärrän hyvinkin sen että kaikkiin paikkoihin ei kaivat kaikkia ihmisiä ja etenkin noviisien tulis pelata tietyillä ehdoilla!!!

Asiasta kolmanteen...tiedätkö onko ks. saarella mitään kalliokiipeily-meininkiä!?!?!?

Kiitti joka tapauksessa infosta...!!!!!

-Kalle

By djruss_@hotmail.com , 07-07-2003

Learning to Surf - Im stuck in a land locked village in England. Im coming to Sri Lanka in September for my gap year. I want to surf on the East Coast, any good spots? Are there places offering board hire and lessons. Please e-mail me back i would love to hear from you. Russell

By ozenarulay@hotmail.com , 30-06-2003

Beginners - Hi guys, I'm Oren from Israel and I just started surfing. I'm trying to plane a surf trip during August/September. Is Sri-Lanka (maybe India?) a good surf area for beginners? Easy to get (rent/buy) a board? Nice big and friendly waves?

10x.

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