Sri Lanka, Surfing

Arugam Bay


A random mix of images from our stay in Arugam Bay. We like this place. It’s so different from the South Coast, in good and bad ways. It’s much more wild and undeveloped as the war was all over this place. Perfect sand bottom point breaks is tucked in between huge military areas so the place will hopefully stay pretty wild and undeveloped. We’ve seen elephants, water buffalos, peacocks and alls sorts of animals almost every day on our way to the surf! You can catch 1 minute peeling rides and then walk along the beach and jump in on the peak, on every single break! But since the waves are so greatly lined up they are also perfect for beginners, until there’s to many of them… So the line up is pretty full of beginners with little to no experience as the local surf schools are really bad at teaching the rules and etiquette behind surfing. They teach with a smile, most of the time, but they should read on a bit more.. The society is built around farming and fishing so the people that don’t work with the growing tourist industry are very poor. Many of them are super super nice but the community is a conservative muslim majority and we’re sad to say it but the feeling is different.. Linn were harassed all the time by local men and women don’t walk safe on their own. As a result the beach and the streets are full of men, and the women stay at home. We heard of two rapes of two 6yr old girls… They were raped and then killed down the road where we stayed, and both during our time here. It’s crazy when you think about it.

Either way we love the serenity, the scenery and the waves that Arugam bay offer. It’s absolutely amazing.

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