Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kitesurfing Intro Weekend – 3rd and 4th October 2009

We have got 2-3 free slots for Kitesurf Training. The conditions are very good. Details are as follows;

Trainer: Mischi Walter (Swiss National)
Dates: Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th October 2009
Place: North of Negombo

Accommodation, Transportation (surf style VW van!) are all included in the package. You may opt for budget, mid range or luxury accommodation.

You need to confirm by Friday morning the latest. Call Mischi direct for details 0775 748 361.

Keshini is my cousin and she is a Kitesurfer!

We admit, our clan is amphibious. Well done Keshini on becoming the first Lankan Female Kitesurfer. With more practice you sure are to be kite looping very soon! Thanks Mischi for the support given. For those girls who tried and didnt continue, well, now we know, its not a sport for everyone....Congrads to Julian for mastering the art of going upwind. Next weekend we must head into the ocean and try wave riding.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A lone Kitesurfer in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

It was a windy day in Arugam Bay, Steve who jointly run's Rocco's clicked the pictures. Wish one had kited a bit longer or closer to the seas. Alas, it was offshore wind so the fun actually happened at Main Point. Perhaps in October Steve, the kitesurfers will be back, this time with onshore winds!

Pictures courtesy of Steve.The journey, the destination, being lost, just looking, whichever way you look at it you learn - Travel Life. www.lookinglost.com photos from around the world by Steve Jones. Steve@Lookinglost.com.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Offshore Winds, Boats Rescues - What an Experience - Kitesurfing in Arugam Bay

While 99 percent of the kitesurfers in Lanka stayed on the West Coast, 1 percent decided to try out Arugam Bay. Offshore winds are not ideal conditions but the sea and wave riding conditions were too tempting. Learning points at Arugam Bay;

1. Its always good to have a standby boat ready when kitesurfing in unfamiliar conditions

2. Always negotiate a price prior (we ended up paying 1,500 for a boat rescue which would have not even consumed 250 rupees worth of fuel, this after some negotiations bringing the price down from 5,000 which the boatman first quoted!

3. A lookout is always handy to have

4. The contours of the land is such that main point or stardust might be good launch and landing points. You do not want to kite near the sand hill near main point unless its on shore winds

  • The 4th trip this season, the place continues to marvel. Toursim had certainly picked up and we were quite pleased at the amount of development work taking place. Sadly however we did observe that there needs to be some nice planning and environmental awareness of the towns folk.
  • Surfing at Okanda, we witnessed how polythene bags were just strewn all over the place. We also saw two dead crocodiles. Could it be linked to the degradation of these animal's habitat? We hope that these issues are addressed before its too late.
  • We dont want Arugam Bay to be like a Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna let alone a Colombo! Arugam Bay certainly rocks, in a month we'll be there again - hopefully the problem of garbage will be looked into.