Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Marcel Bobay!

Kitesurfing Sri Lanka wishes you a very Happy Birthday! For those who are not aware, Marcel has a place in Sri Lankan Kite History having put Kalpitiya on the map many years ago for the sport through Kite Camps and Resort - Elements! Continue the great work Marcel!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kiting to transform Communities!

Kiting in Sri Lanka will be more than just kiting. Kiting helps transform communities. Money starts to flow in, local businesses thrive. KSL also aspires to focus on three aspects namely Education, Kiting and Environment in 2012. If you wish to support do get in touch with us via e mail.
It does not have to be financial or material donations, you can just give off your time and expertise as well. Hope to see you in Sri Lanka in 2012. Visit KSL Community for inspiration.
The amazing people of Kalpitiya!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The South Coast of Sri Lanka - Kitesurfing Mirissa!

The South Coast of Sri Lanka is beautiful to kite on during the season. The seas are clean and clear, you get waves... but the scenery while kitesurfing, thats what blows you away. Rock formations, bays and coves and the coconut trees confirm that fact that you are kiting in a tropical country.
Jonathan's illustration of Kiting in Paradise

Most of the time, you will be kiting by yourself. Its pretty special. If you need an audience, an audience you will get. People are amazed at this new sport and usually just flock to witness these 'parachute men' in action.
Wind, gearing up.

The week saw traveller/ kiter Jonathan ( and girlfriend Kita arrive in Sri Lanka for the sport. Kiters are a fun bunch. These two were no exception. Fellow fish sign Jonathan has an awesome job teaching people to draw spaceships and monsters! Yes spaceships, ah, amazing!
Kitesurfing Sri Lanka likes to wish Tanja aka Tania from Free Your Mind Kitesurfing a very Happy Birthday tomorrow. Hope you will have a blast in Sunny Sri Lanka tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Free Your Mind & Come to Sri Lanka!

Kitesurfing Lanka (Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka) & Free YourMind Kitesurfing (Tariffa, Spain) converge to form an alliance to open the world to Sri Lanka! Where you will truly kite in Paradise! The season kicks off in May 2012 and those who register would certainly have a time of their lives!
Kitesurfing Lanka & Free Your Mind
Common Passion to See the World Enjoy the Sport of Kiting

Forget your wetsuits, the waters in Sri Lanka are tropical. No jellyfish like in Hua Hin, No sharks like in Australia, no choppy conditions like in Vietnam or crowded kitespots in Philippines. Finish the kiting and have a Lion Beer! Tiger beers certainly have a run for their money.
Sri Lanka is where you should plan your next holiday! See you this season.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Alle & Issabel goes kiting!

Living so close to kitespots, Alle & Issabel try their hands at Kiting. Spero di vederti continuare lo sport!!!

Pictures courtesy - Thavanga Wimalasuriya!

KTA Philippines 2012 - When Sri Lanka took part for the first time!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Buddha Weeps (We may kite but we also care).

Sri Lanka is an epic land. It has the highest rates of biological endemism in the world inspite of it being a fairly small place. We also have an epic history in terms of conservation.
Sri Lanka's heritage of wildlife protection runs as far back as 2200 years. The first wildlife sanctuary in world at Mihintale in Anuradhapura was was created by the King Devanam Piya Tissa following the arrival of Buddhism to the island from northern India.
Throughout the history of the nation, all animals & plants in the sanctuaries of the island were left undisturbed in line of the basic right to life of all beings & conservation ethics of Buddhism, the taking of life being anathema to Buddhist beliefs. Records of the wildlife protection are found even in the great Sinhalese chronicle of Mahawamsa.
Fast forward to present day Sri Lanka. Our leaders seem to have forgotten the rich heritage of our ancestors who took great steps to preserve flora and fauna. While I cycle on the road from Mount Lavinia to Battaramulla, I was shocked and almost in tears to see a sanctuary being bulldozed right in front of my eyes. In the background in the Parliment of Sri Lanka - where decisions are being made on the future of the this country.
I observed how it seems that this last bit of natural forest in urban Sri Lanka is being cleared to build a road to the parliment. It is not like there is no road already. There is a 4 lane road with zero traffic congestion and there these people go build another road to attend to parliment meetings!
Dear Sirs, do you know know the value of environment in this day and age? Do you not know the urgency in ensuring that the last bit of wetlands need to be protected? Do you not know that the thousand of tourist who come here come not for gambling or cricket but for the natural beauty this country has to offer? This is our core competence, something that no other country can replicate - and yet we rape the forest and build roads through them!
If the Buddha was here today, he would be weeping. Weeping because of the damage you are doing. Airport near National Parks? Roads through World Heritage Sites like Sinharaja? A pavillion and car park at Main Point in Arugam Bay? This is not the way forward. In fact these are huge steps in the opposite direction. Natural resources, once gone, is gone forever.
The Buddha, Jesus and countless others lived in nature, they understood the value of it. Go out in the open. Camp on the Beach and Jungle, experience nature not in the comfort of a SUV or fancy hotel. You will never understand it otherwise.
You will be accountable in this life or the next. Make decisions wisely. Time is not on our side. Nature cannot thrive and support us if we do not respect it.
I continued to cycle and saw how the Sri Jayawardanepura & Baddegana Sanctuaries are becoming desserts full of dust. I looked into my favourite crytal clear creek to see the Giant Snakeheads (Lulas). The water was brown, they I presume all dead due to the road work that is going on. You killed them and countless other animals and plants. Sad.
Its not too late to get your act together. I leave you with the words of our Great Leaders;
'O Great King, the birds of the air & the beasts have an equal right to live & move about in any part of this land as thou. The lands belongs to the peoples & all other beings & thou art only the guardian of it" said Arahat Mahinda to Kind Devanam Piya Tissa, the famous "Deer Hunter" (307-266 BC)

What the area cleared looked like. Lush.

Dont tell me its not protected, there are signs all over.
Dear President you and your Government declared it in 2010.

Raping the last remaining natural resources of urban Sri Lanka.
The parliment stand in the backgroud. I wonder who made this decision.

Lush on one side. Dessolate on the other.
My favourite creek all gone brown and dirty.
Signage reading that is a protected area and the bulldozes just
work clearing the flora and fauna

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

This is our present to you - 14th February 2012.

Also loves chocolate!

Fuel Hikes - A Good Thing? Think Positive!

Well, this means less people want to travel because of the high cost. Lower the carbon footprint. More people will look at alternative modes of transportation.
Such as?
  1. Kitesurfing - Pure, fun, fast.
  2. Cycling - Excercise, cheaper than kiting and less set up time.
  3. Walking - The cheapest though can be tough when its hot especialy these days.
  4. Stand Up Paddle Surfing or Kayaking - Imagine that, Mount Lavinia to Colombo each morning, you dont even need to shower!
  5. Or if you are really lazy, rent a bullock cart!

Visit - if you need to learn the sport!
More fun, more enjoyment!

Will this become a reality in Sri Lanka?

The new road signs.
Alternative modes!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Historic Great Crossing of the Adams Bridge!

The Great Crossing was a historic event which consisted of a select group of kiters attempting to cross the Adam's Bridge. Intially envisioned to cross from India to Sri Lanka, due to the sensitive situation between India & Sri Lankan waters the event was run  on the Sri Lankan territorial waters.

The event was  powered by Elements (Pioneer company for Kiting in Sri Lanka), Faith Kiteboarding, Red Bull, Edelwisse Air & TNL Radio. The following riders participated;
Marcel Bobay - Switzerland
Laurent Bobay - Switzerland
Marco Weidermann - Germany
Rolf Friedli - Switzerland
Urs Vollendweider - Switzerland
Dilsiri Welikala - Sri Lanka
Frank Ulmer - Sri Lanka/ Germany
Geza Scholtz - Switzerland
Andre Scholtz - Switzerland
Kathrin Borgwardt - Germany
Pascal Leppin
Helmut Stadler
Peter Flower - England
Anny Barlow - Hawaii
The next epic crossing will be help in the near future - make sure you will be part of it! Await official photos and videos. Pictures courtesy Elements Watersports & Nature found HERE!

Friday, February 3, 2012

சுதந்திர தினம்/விடுதலை நாள்! නිදහස් දිනය! Independence Day!

Tomorrow is Independence Day! Join us as we kite and celebrate it up on the West Coast of Sri Lanka! Happy Independence Day Everyone!