During the second week of the October half-term break, a group of 22 pupils and 4 members of staff set off for the south coast of Sri Lanka.
Leaving Malvern just as the first signs of wintery weather appeared, we arrived around 24 hours later in the resort of Weligama, where the staff of a recommended surf camp called The Green Rooms welcomed us warmly. Our base, complete with modern rooms and an excellent range of food on offer from their kitchen, was located right on the beach, where waves were ideal for beginners, as well as offering enough size and power for more experienced surfers, rolled inconsistently for the duration of our stay.
The group gelled really well, with the shared goal of making the most of every surf session providing the focus each day. The Green Rooms’ surf instructors were especially impressed with how quickly our pupils progressed in the water, and four of the more intrepid among the group took on a nearby reef break midway through the week, involving a 15-minute paddle from the shore around the shallow reef, out to waves that you could ride for nearly 200 metres.
Shea John and Will Vernon were crowned best surfers of the trip, while Owen Carroll and Yasmine Allen were recognised for how far they progressed as beginners, as well as for their friendliness and helpfulness around the camp. In addition to the two surf lessons each day, we also found time to snorkel and explore the beautiful port city of Galle, as well sampling some wonderful Sri Lankan hospitality in the town of Weligama and its surrounding area.
The trip was a tremendous success, with everyone playing their part in making this such an unforgettable experience for all involved, and we hope to return next year!