Not many I think - I would say local Sri Lanka Kitesurfers would amount to less than 10. Lets see there is Julian, Chanaka aka Chunky, Mads friend in Hikka, Thushal and his Bro from Bentota (?), Previne who is learning and ...
In terms of expats, there is Hannes and Mischi from Negombo, Mads from Hikkaduwa, Holger from Negombo, the Ulmers, the Bobays, Fred, Mark, Mike, Nick from Negombo anyone else? The facebook group we created has a few more names but I am not sure if they in Sri Lanka anymore.
Anyway, we strongly feel that this sport will grow in Sri Lanka in the not so distant future. As long as there is wind and water - kitesurfing will happen.
However, we need to make sure that there is a proper system in place for safety and the running of the sport. We dont want it to be like Rafting where there is little or no regulation and safety is compromised for a cheaper rafting trip. Safety needs to be maintained at the utmost level especially with regard to this sport. Perhaps a mandatory Kite Instructor Certification for all those who want to be instructors - also requirements to have level 1 certification to even rent out equipment.