Our Story


The Sunshine Story

Sunshinestories started as a travel blog by founders Petter & Linn, documenting their 3 year long journey around the world, searching for waves and the next adventure. The people they met turned into short stories, sunshinestories, stories of inspiring people living by the sea and following their dreams. The blog grew to be sponsored by brands as Billabong, GoPro and Bing Surfboards as the travels went on. Six years later the blog once again grew to something else, this time a real life concept where everyone is welcome to live their Sunshine Story.

A story from the founders

We are a couple who share the same hunger for adventure, good food and surfing waves. We got together in school and as soon as we finished we bought a one way ticket to South Africa and decided we wanted to travel the world to surf. The year was 2009. We started sunshinestories.com a blog that became a way to keep in touch with family and friends but also a way for us to document our travels and our path. Since the first blogpost the Sunshinestories has evolved with us, or us with the Sunshinestories. From  South Africa, we continued to Bali via Laos and Thailand. We ‘found’ ourselves whilst travelling and learned many lessons we couldn’t have learned anywhere else. After that first trip, we didn’t feel like we were done travelling, so we continued. We surfed and ate and stumbled our way through Borneo, Lombok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Portugal, California, New York, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

We got lost a lot of times. And we found the essense of life more times. The people we met during those trips have made us who we are today. The sweethearts, the assholes, the surf pros, the yogis, the locals, the taxi drivers. The most inspiring people we met became “sunshinestories”, interviews we made about them and their life following their dreams. Almost on the day, six years later,  Sunshinestories grew once again to something else, a lifestyle retreat tucked in under the palm trees in the Sri Lankan jungle. A real life concept where everyone can come live their own Sunshine Story. The concept quickly grew and we are fortunate to get people visiting from all over the world wanting to be part of the dream. Nowadays, Sunshinestories is so much more than just the two of us, its a whole family. We are constantly searching for new people to join our dream and share it together with us and our guests here at Sunshinestories. Read on here, for more information on available positions. We have been getting people knocking on our gate even if they are not checked in as guests, and its heartbreaking that we can accommodate everyone so on Christmas Day 2016 we opened our second concept, Ceylon Sliders. 

Ceylon Sliders is just that, a place where you can come and be part of a community, chat over just a coffee, have a drop in yoga session, stay, live, sleep, eat or surf. Whereas Sunshinestories is a whole experience, Ceylon Sliders offers shorter stays and less structure, guests are more ‘on their own’ on top of that there is also a cafe, shop, surf and yoga classes open to the public. Located on the beachfront in Weligama, the concept is similar to Sunshinestories in the way that it’s a place for everyone who love surf, yoga & food however it’ s still something else and it needs to be experienced.

These days we are out and about, running between our two places, hiring and training our amazing family of staff or working on our next project. Unless of course, we are not surfing at some of the fun waves down the road. You can find us on instagram @pettertoremalm and @linnklara. If you have read this far you are already part of our journey, thank you so much, keep on dreaming, surfing and adventuring, and remember to follow your own Sunshine Story.

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(Prices starting at $899 for 1 week retreats)