Last night we had the biggest rain so far and I woke up by a thunder that made the windows shake and a lightning show worthy of new years in Sydney. But it’s nice with a change, coming from a country with crappy weather I can never stay inside just bumming around when it’s sunny without feeling like I should go out and do something. So today has been all about reading, watching movies, drinking coffee and enjoying having the house to our selfs (we’re the only guests left and the owners left for a few days in Colombo). The surf season here on the South Coast of Sri Lanka is coming to an end (season is said to be November to April). I think we made the most of it but now there’s a mix of swells, the wind picks up to early and yeah it’s time to move on (there’s still some off season spots to surf if you’d happen to be here during that time). Lucky us the East Coast also has surf (ok the most famous breaks in the country) and the season there is starting right about now 🙂
As you all know we have been staying in Midigama (Sri Lanka) for the last 2 months, its sad to say but the surf session has come to and end. Even in the morning at 5:30am the wind is up and the waves are no fun to play on (AKA S@#T). So in the next day or 3 its time for us to move on, but Midigama will stay in our hearts for a long time. We have meet some amazing people here from day one. The locals have been the friendliest people I have meet anywhere always giving and happy to help. The tourists have also been great, well at lest the once we got to hangout with, everyone is from somewhere new and all happy to live the simple life and just be. Its also been some crazy times like taking the bus anywhere is an extreme sport, you can die at anytime. A trip here would not be complete with out a trip to the rice & curry place and also Mamas. If you never got to eat at one of these places you’ve never lived. With all of that said the best place to eat and stay is the Senya guest house, its a nice little guest house 5 minutes from everything, wave, food, and transport. Senrath is the owner and one of the most humble and amazing people you will come across anywhere, so if you do end up here in Midigama spend a night or a month with him, you will not be sorry..
Good Bye Midigama we’ll miss you OXOXOXO
Buddhas birthday is one of the major festivals in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated on the first full moon day of the month of May. People engage in religious observances and decorate houses and streets with candles and specially made paper lanterns. Some stores give out free meals for people. They give all types of food away from rice & curry to ice cream and the place where we have been eating a lot was one of the places that gives free food on this day. This day is like Christmas in the west, but the big difference is the Sri Lankan people don’t just give to family and friends – they give to everyone. If you are driving, walking, flying past they will wave you over and make you eat. Its not a big ego day of what did you got, its a day when everyone gets the same free LOVE.. The coloured flags are also put up everywhere, they are the buddhist flag, The Buddhist flag is a flag designed in the late 19th century to symbolise and universally represent Buddhism. This is one day I wish we had in the west, its nice to know that everyone gets to eat on this day (even the homeless dogs) and the people are so happy to give .. Peace & LOVE x
Ps – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDHA 🙂 Me with Mama she’s been feeding us for the last 7 weeks
The homeless beach dog he’s cool
Over the last 8 days i have had to stay out of the water, thats right no surfing for me. I cut my foot & the salt water loves to stop it from healing up. So I had to take a long wait out of the water to let it heal. The good news is I got to do some yoga (try to do yoga alone Hmmmm) and take photos of everyone surf, witch I loved doing anyway so not that bad really. We had Sylvain staying with us at our guest house but I never got to surf with him till last night. It was his last night with us and I thought it would be nice to try out my foot and surf with our new friend. Sara took the night off surfing and took control of the camera. We had a great surf and Sara took some amazing photos of us <3 …
Pax is on day four or so of not surfing which means I’ve got myself a professional surf photographer for only 15 LKR per hour (that would be like 15 cents). Labour day and all it came with hard work this morning though – low tide and two swells in the mix made it peaky and that pink board spent a lot of time surfing around without me. Still I was the first one out this morning having a few fun ones before the rest of the small crowd decided to paddle out.
This guy showing how it’s done on his single fin.
Spending some quality time in the washing machine…
We have now been staying in Midigama (Sri Lanka) for about 6 weeks. Most days we run into a local dude, that has to be one of the most happiest people i have ever met. I don’t even know his name, but he always will stop to say hi, and talk about how good the day is. Him and his girlfriend who is just as nice, just got a new puppy and we see them walking him round the village, from time to time. The other day we where watching the sun go down and they turned up and we got some happy snaps of them … Next time i see then i will get there names but for now, I’m happy that we don’t need names to be friends 🙂
We meet a man yesterday who invited us to come and watch turtles being released back into the ocean. This local man keeps the eggs safe from fishermen trying to sell the eggs as food and other damage from boats or fishing nets on the beach. They keep the eggs until they’ve hatched and then when the newborn turtles are ready they’re getting a bucket ride down to the beach to be released. Seems like a really great initiative.
Tiny little turtle getting ready for the swim of his life.
No doubt about it these guys know where’re they are going.
Eating. Sleeping. Watching to many episodes of Games of Thrones. Drinking instant coffees. Surfing some fun and uncrowded waves. Eating cake. Just one more episode. A sunset surf? Another day in paradise.
Our Norwegian sister is the newest and keenest surfer out off all of us (except for when it comes to early morning surfs). So we’ve got a new nick name for her – the super grommet.
What’s a grom she asked?
A grommet (grom) is a young participant in extreme sports. Originally, a grommet was a surfer under the age of 16. In recent years, this has expanded to include other extreme sports, most notably skateboarding and snowboarding.
The super grom has been surfing everyday for the last month and we have seen a massive improvement, even in that short time. Its been cool to see the endless motivation and real stoke, after every surf.. At this rate she will be on the Norwegian world surf tour by the end of the year.. Keep up the good work super grom, you keep us motivated too. 🙂
We’re off for sunset surf/hanging on the rocks
The guys down the road for us was also heading out to.
And she’s off – gotta try to make the most of the last hour of light.
Heading for some golden waves.
Here she is – flying!
We woke up to some heavy thunderstorms this morning with lightning shining up our bedroom. So we stayed in bed listening to the massive down pour outside – sending some gratitude to my warm and very cozy bed. It’s a slow morning here in Midigama – or as the king named it Nidigama which translates to sleepy village. The rain has kept the wind away so I think the waves might be clean but I feel so lazy to make my way out. Maybe another coffee and a game of yatzy first…
Photo credits to Julia from another day with the same weather 🙂
We went for a little camera walk tonight and found where heaven meets the Earth..
There’s this guy in the surf that doesn’t talk to anyone. He won’t even smile back or look at me when I’m trying give a friendly good morning smile. He will just paddle straight past me like a dark shadow. We’ve shared the lineup just him, me and Pax several times but still no smile, no look, no nod, no nothing and I’ve been thinking he must really have some bad experiences with other people. Then if he doesn’t drop in on your waves he will back paddle you to sit deeper even if he’s just had a wave so no wonder. So by now everyone in the surf calls him Kamikaze. This morning another guy had enough of Kamikaze and they had a big fight in the water. There was to much bad energy in the water so I decided to opt out for breakfast. I guess that’s todays drama from the surf – now it’s coffee time.
I sweet talked Pax and the crew to go for a second surf at midday today – just because it was uncrowded and pretty nice yesterday at the same time. Today it was well still uncrowded but so bumpy and the current was strong anyways still tropical – still paradise and the GoPro decided to tag along to.
After 17 days straight in the surf the swell was a bit to messy this morning and the current looked just as strong as yesterday so we’ve been out and about in the village, just relaxing and playing a few games of Yatzy or as our German friends say Kniffel. My arms and shoulders are quite happy they got the day off to but seriously we’ve been so lucky with the waves so far – can’t remember if I had these many consecutive days of surfing ever?
Surf looks nice on the pic but it was fat, big, messy and a strong current on top of that Making new friends – as a tourist you’re every street dogs best friend – they follow you around anywhere.
Been having so much fun in the water the last week, my shoulders are sore my back hurts and I’m all surfed out – it’s such a good feeling. We’re having maybe 2-4 feet of swell since we’ve been here which is perfect – and ohhh did I mention the water is tropical and there’s big turtles popping up for air every now and then – a m a z i n g. Pax got some cuts from the reef and decided to dry them out and take some snaps of me and Mikey a few days ago.
After two weeks in Thailand we jumped planes and ended up in a very quiet Sri Lankan village called Midigama not to be confused with Welligama or Mirissa…
There’s not to much going on here except for surfing which is exactly what we are after. So happy to be sharing fun little waves with turtles, and the water is so clear and warm – just loving it.
We’ve been hanging out with Mike & Viv for a few days having some rum, crashing peoples quiet and romantic dinner (sorry – it was the rum’s fault!), celebrating st patty’s day with some crazy irish, checking out the old Portuguese fort in Galle just north of where we are staying, surviving this crazy Sri Lankan disco bus ride with neon Buddha dancing at the front and eating some amazing curries – thanks Mike and Vivo – good times! Some photos from the past days below.
Hmm someone told us there would be waves here 🙂
Found one or three with the Mikey Viv & Sara
Mikey killing it on my 5’11 Fatito don’t know if he’ll give it back next time he get’s his hands on it, he got all the fun one’s that day GRRRRRRR…… Went to the Dewmini Roti Shop for some great food, i could have eaten there all day. If you are in Mirssa you need to go if you will regret it !!!!! Sara & me with happy bellys
This is that happens when you drink with the cazyz all afternoon, you end up doing a drunken photoshoot 🙂