Since the winds at the Baltic and North Sea were rather poor this year, I started looking for a destination with lots of wind for the late summer.
I was thinking about a more exotic place this time instead of the classics like Egypt, Tarifa and Morocco, although they deliver, I wanted an experience off the beaten track and less mainstream.
The Indian Ocean was calling me so I decided on Sri Lanka, a jewel in the Indian Ocean. It has lots of wind every day and perfect flat water conditions. The flying time is not crazy and there are direct flights so no stop over or changes required.
So I packed my luggage and couldn’t wait to fly straight towards the sun with the usual Emirates comfort. Filled with pleasant anticipation of an amazing wind forecast, I headed out to the airport, where I even got an upgrade to business class. In this sense: let the vacation begin!
When I arrived in Colombo, a driver was already waiting for us, who brought us directly to the Lodge. We we’re then welcomed by a delicious melon juice.
The Lodge offers a lot of luxury: A large swimming pool for cooling-down after an extensive kite session, a number of shady places to chill out and read a book, a big bar and restaurant area as well as the rooms themselves each with a refrigerator, safe, air conditioner, mosquito nets, and enough space.
The most beautiful thing is probably the view over the lagoon and the ocean behind. All the struggle of the flight were forgotten after an ice-cold Cuba Libre on the terrace.
In Sri Lanka you can find of course the unique KiteWorldWide Community. This means: a big table, where everybody eats together to create a familiar atmosphere and vibe, with us you get the feeling that your on holiday with good friends, even when traveling alone.
But enough from that and more about the kitesurfing experience: There are three main spots, which are reached by car from the Lodge. The beach house at the main lagoon directly in front, you can reach in 10 minutes either by boat or truck. There are shuttles the whole day and shade, drinks and food at the beach is provided.
Kite students are trained from very experienced, German or English speaking kite teachers. Advanced kitesurfers are able to burn off some energy in the giant lagoon, because of the huge size of the lagoon everybody can find his own bit of flat water paradise.
As an alternative we can also drive you to the ‘dream spot’ or Vela Island alias ‘Magic Spot’ several times a week. The dream spot is a sandbank in the middle of a jungle. Here you are mostly alone and you can enjoy the mile long flat water and constant wind. An absolute dream also for kite students!
Vela island, an island in the middle of the ocean, this is more a spot for advanced kiters, since the wind comes offshore. Absolute constant wind and flat water give you perfect freestyle conditions. Here the tricks succeed by oneself.
For me Vela Island was definitely one of the best places, I have ever kited in my life.
For the rare no wind days or should I say the really needed rest days, Sri Lanka also offers a wide cultural program. Visit the tea plantation in the local city, the holy mountain or the diverse temples are very recommendable. There are also party possibilities in other Lodges, where all Kite surfer come together.
My conclusion to Sri Lanka is a definite recommendation! High wind probability, perfect flat water conditions, delicious food and a luxury lodge offer everything you need to escape the daily routine for a short or a long break. Additionally the super nice and very helpful locals made the holiday excellent. We will definitely come back!