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Flying Gecko Kiteboarding is inviting you to the surfing paradise of Sri Lanka. It is here where the trade winds blow and the magic happens, with the butter flat water behind the low walls of golden sandbars creating the ultimate kite surf paradise. Depart to the the so-called “the water of progression”, a pure unspoiled environment and a once-in-a-lifetime find.
During the surf camp, you will be provided 13 nights of accommodation. Opened in 2017, the kite camp itself is built on the Mannar Peninsula right on the spot. It is a cool, rustic location with lots of care and attention to detail consisting of 14 bungalows with verandahs, capable of sleeping up to four people, each complete with its own open-to-the-stars shower room.
There are deluxe tents too for those who want to experience the real outdoor experience. There's a dining and stunning chillout zone, as well as many areas for relaxation.
You will have to plan to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) before 02:30 p.m. on June 4, 2018. It is here that you will all meet up, and the adventure begins as you take the minibus north, firstly along the highway and then onto smaller secondary roads past the ancient city of Anuradhapura to the town of Mannar onto the dirt road to the camp.
It is a 300-kilometer drive which is about six hours. Please note that the availability on this guided event is limited to 12 people so please book early to avoid disappointment. For the committed kiter, there is a very good reason why Sri Lanka is known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
When the trade winds blow across the sandbars of the northern tip of the pearl, they create fantastic high energy, gust-free kiteboarding conditions. Flying Gecko Kiteboarding will take you there. Having crossed hundreds of miles of open sea, the warm Indian Ocean winds settle to produce some of the best, least gusty conditions in the world.
This is a kiter’s dream conditions, and it is also a great spot to introduce beginners to the sport in the most forgiving of environments. Intermediates can be loose and rub shoulders with others of like-mind to develop their skills.
The home spot is right at the camp and during the dates of your June stay, traditionally, the wind blows between 14 to 26 knots requiring kite sizes range from 12 to 6 meters, dependent upon the time of day, weight and experience, so bring your whole quiver bag. There is rental available, but it is on a first come first served, and if you know what you want, let Flying Gecko Kiteboarding know so they can book it in advance to try to avoid disappointment.
There is plenty of shallow water at the home spot, and with the safety boat always at hand the spot is a super secure environment enabling rapid progression for all comers.
With warm water and virtually guaranteed wind for when the guided adventure is planned, you will find yourself learning beach jump starts, developing air-time skills and kiting amongst the turtles on up winders and down winders that will make your toes curl and your face smile an everlasting smile.
There is plenty of shallow water for the beginner and Flying Gecko Kiteboarding can organize lessons at any level you like.
This surf camp will be held in Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Positioned off the South Western tip of India, formally known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka's varied landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It is famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the fifth-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes.
Sri Lanka's Buddhist roots ensure a welcoming crime-free environment so refreshing to find in today’s manic world. The setting is a mystical environment known only to a few others than the students of Indian Mythology. It is called Rama Setu, and it is what the Westerners know as Adam’s bridge. It is a natural 50-kilometer causeway of sandbars which link the remote northern tip of Sri Lanka to the southern tip of India.
Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included. In this land of Ceylon tea, Sri Lankan cuisine has been shaped by many historical, cultural, and other factors. A central feature is boiled or steamed rice, served with a curry of fish, chicken or mutton, along with other curries made with vegetables, lentils, or fruits.
Vegetarian friendly, seafood heavy, spicy as Thai food, but light like Mediterranean, Sri Lankan food is delicious. All meals are included in the price, as well as tea and coffee around the clock. Food-wise, there is something for everyone, both Western and a local cuisine reflecting the different culture found in the North of Sri Lanka.
Sunsets at the bar are stunning, sipping a carefully crafted cocktail or an ice-cold Lion Beer and the complete absence of surrounding ambient light make the fantastic starry nights unforgettable.
The camp also offers yoga, massage, SUP, kayaks, and nature-based excursions if you can tear yourself away from the focus of kiting.
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Flying Gecko Kiteboarding will pick you up from the airport.