Sorry gidgets no wave wrap from the Eastern Suburbs for a while but I’ve got an update from beautiful, beautiful Sri Lanka instead. We are staying in Hikkaduwa a little surftown 2 hours South from Colombo. I did not expect much to start with as it sounded quite touristy and overcrowded according to the Lonely Planet. Surf was meant to be a-ok but not great.
Well, I was wrong. After a challenging bus ride from Colombo (like riding a bus in Bali but 10 times worse) and a hilarious Tuk Tuk ride (did you know that you could ride a Tuk Tuk with 2 boards, 2 backpacks and 3 people?), we arrived at our apartment on the beach. I went straight to the terrace facing the beach – like 2 meters away from the shore and I could not believe what I saw. A 3-4ft wave breaking over reef, perfectly groomed by offshore winds, breaking left and right…
It was only a little bit busy, far off from Bondi busy anyway and if you get up early, you escape the crowds most days. I’ve been getting up at dawn every day and had it almost to myself before everyone else gets up. It’s been like that for 5 days in a row and every day was a mirror image of the day before with those perfect 3-4ft waves. I had a few stacks but also got close to some barrels before I was sent flying again. I keep on practising and shall report if I manage to actually get into one.
It’s so nice to surf only in a bikini without freezing your bum off. The water is actually 28 degrees Celsius which makes for a very hot surf – in fact I’m boiling in the water and usually have to have a cold shower after every surf session.
Usually I only surf in the morning, I’ve tried the avo one but quite often it was blown out and not that great and I prefer to stretch out in a Yoga class instead. I swear there are Yoga moves here I did not even know they existed.
All in all, I absolutely love what I’ve seen so far. Great surf, amazing food, stunning landscape and the people are lovely and super helpful. Apparently, there are a few more breaks down South but I don’t think you have the choice you have in Bali for example. So if you are after a surf holiday only, you might get a bit bored surfing the same few breaks over and over again but for a mix of surfing, culture, relaxing and not to forget amazing food, this is the place to be.