First Day at Whiskey Point

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Whiskey Point

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Eastern Province,
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Julie was biting at the bit to get a surfboard under her feet. She was disappointed that she was unable to go the previous day. We had organized a trip with Mambo to meet at his place at 9 am. this morning.

Waiting for the second Tuk Tuk to appear, I got a lesson in driving the little 3 wheeled Indian transport. The oddest part is that the little left side handle acts as a clutch and a gear shift. I am ready to take it out on my own soon.

We loaded up the rides and did the 5 minute trip to Mambo's. The boards were quickly loaded onto the top and off we went 15 K North to Whiskey Point. We heard it was a good place to begin. Most of the big surf breaks are yet to form. More on that later. 3/4 of the trip is on road going on past the town of Pottival and then the last quarter is on dirt track out to the point. Mambo's brother, Babaya, looks to run this joint, and smoked a few while we were there. That is in between taking care of his just walking half Sri Lankan, half Japanese baby and taking the orders. He was also one the first to work with Coen on the board. All of these Sri Lankan surf rats seem to worship half Buddha or Allah and half Bob Marley. Mambo's brother had long dreads, low riding board shorts where we got the honor of not only 3-5 inches of plumber's delight but a good inch of dark bushy pubic hair. And well, that was about it for him. Very nice guy though.

Anyway, the surfing. The point was great. It is created by the large outcropping of rocks that creates a wonderful sharply curved sandy beach that generates a slowly refracting wave of about 5-7 feet that carries along the curve for a good 100 meters. So a good ride. You can also hide behind the rocks until a break in the waves and make a run for it.

Seth, Coen, Caden, and Julie all got a little lesson on the beach from a couple of friendly dark hued Sri Lankans and then pushed onto the surf ready or not.  Seth and Coen were quickly up having a little bit of NC surfing  in their blood with Julie and Caden a little slower to get up but successful nonetheless. The surf guides stayed with them for an hour and I tried my best to shuttle the boards back to the front lines. Since the surf break ran somewhat perpendicular to the beach, they could get into the water and immediately get a wave and ride to the beach, I could then pick up the board and walk it back up to the rocks, wait for the break in the waves and push them back out into the open arms of their guides. That lasted for about an hour and then another hour of practice on our own. I went out on a board a couple of times while Caden was resting but all I managed to do was to run over Seth's head and give him a nice bump. Good thing it was Seth. That kid can handle anything.

After surfing we headed to the little cafe that Babaya ran and had a couple of beers and a nice little lunch of fruit, chicken, mi gorang etc. By 1:00, we were back at our waiting tuk tuks for a trip back to Mambo's to drop off the boards and head back to the Lounge.
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Elizabeth on

Cool Surfing pics. Can't wait to see the progress by the end of the 7 weeks. hang ten!

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