Surfing Sri Lanka's Empty Breaks

Dec 7, 2011
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Talalla Beach Resort

Fishing Boats at the Talalla Beach Resort    Photo: Sistak/flickr

Emerging from a 27-year civil war, Sri Lanka’s jungle terrain and white-sand beaches remain largely undiscovered. But the conflict ended in 2009, meaning there are empty (and safe) waves to be found. Head to the island nation’s southernmost tip, near the village of Gandara, where 24-year-old British surfer Jack Phillips recently opened his ­Talalla Surf Camp. Guests stay at the Talalla Retreat, a boutique resort just steps from the Indian Ocean, and pile into a surf jeep each day to explore the consistent peaks along the coast. Leave some time post-camp to explore the country’s abundant wildlife. From $2,000 per week, all-inclusive.

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