Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

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Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Jimi » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:53 pm

The recent lack of swell is getting me thinking of getting away for another surf trip. Just have a window of a few weeks. Keen to go somewhere with some interesting culture/food/etc, where the missus can have a nice holiday, and I can get some fun waves too.
Has anyone been to Sri Lanka or Taiwan for a surf trip?? Especially around April? How was it?

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by tonks » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:11 am

Hey Jimi,

I went to Taiwan in late November. I had a great time though the surf wasn't epic while I was there. Not exactly sure what the surf would be like in April. PM me if you want more details.

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by siam » Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:11 pm

Both great for surf and interest sights sounds and smells but in April both are between seasons ie NE and SW monsoon so conditions variable and not consistent with swell or wind direction ..if you can accept that sure to have fun

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Jimi » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:14 pm

Thanks guys. Yeah I thought it was a bit of a shoulder season. Shame I'm restricted to travelling in school hols, although the 12 weeks off a year helps to make up for it :wink:

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by carpetman » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:26 pm

Hi Jimi,

I was in Sri Lanka for about a month in March to April of 2012. Just for travel as it was outside both sides of the island's surf season but managed to get a few waves in around hikkaduwa & arugum.

I wouldn't travel there at that time of year for a surf trip. hikkaduwa was mosty 2ft with onshore winds shortly after sunrise. arugum 1-2ft, uncrowded & clean. So not enough to keep me satisfied on that front but everything else was fantastic - particularly the food.

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by otway1949 » Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:37 am

I enjoyed Taiwan greatly, one side of the island was Typhoon swell smashed and just too big for me and the lee side was miniscule and each beach has a dedicated mass of learners that surf enmass as a social experience. good news if you surf reasonably they clear away to watch.
Lots of variety when it does get good powerful waves.
If I wasn't going back to my Indo spot this year I'd crack Taiwan again so it is Taiwan in 2015 for me.
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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Jimi » Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:40 am

Im starting to think about putting Sri Lanka trip back to June/July Holidays. I know I would love the culture and food but really want a trip focused around surfing. Maybe if I can afford it I'll head back to Samoa in April for a short surf camp based trip without the other half, and save Sri Lanka till then. Anyone surfed Sri Lanka in June? I'm assuming Taiwan season is more around our summer months?

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Beanpole » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:28 pm

That time of year is the Aragan Bay side which is a far superior wave than Hikkadua by all accounts.
Check it out in Sprout if you have a copy.
Hikkadua was fun when I went there in February many years ago. Its a pretty soft peak with the right breaking into the reef so it holds the wave power better than the left which tends to just get softer and softer till it stops. A few other breaks around there as well. Love to go back again. Actually may be a slim chance of wrangling it in the next couple of years. Probably hitting either Taiwan or Hainan this year in October with any luck.

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Beanpole » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:20 am

Taiwan is looking even more likely now for mid October. So does anyone have some advice re: water temp in the middle to north end at that time?
I know it's tropical down south but I gather it gets cooler up north.
October seems to be the season for the top end.
Also I see there are a lot of board rental places around. What's the range like?
Looking at the range of waves it. Could be good to hire a fish or mal for some of the smaller waves. Also if it looks like being small when we go we may just rent a few if its a hassle to take boards over. Probably just take a 6'6" FireWire.

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by tonks » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:11 pm

Beanpole wrote:Taiwan is looking even more likely now for mid October. So does anyone have some advice re: water temp in the middle to north end at that time?
I know it's tropical down south but I gather it gets cooler up north.
October seems to be the season for the top end.
Also I see there are a lot of board rental places around. What's the range like?
Looking at the range of waves it. Could be good to hire a fish or mal for some of the smaller waves. Also if it looks like being small when we go we may just rent a few if its a hassle to take boards over. Probably just take a 6'6" FireWire.
I went to the East Coast in mid-November. Water temp was about 25-26, if I recall correctly. There wasn't much in the way of surf shops/hire places where I was (didn't see any surf shops). Who are you flying with? I've heard a few horror stories about Dragon Air (damaging boards). If you're taking your own boards, take your daily driver and a small wave board (fishy type thing of mal).

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by Beanpole » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:10 pm

Yeah, that sounds about right. I've flown Dragon Air before and that was pretty good but boards?
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How about general transport tonks?
South east coast or mid?

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Re: Sri Lanka or Taiwan in April

Post by tonks » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:07 am

I was with a surf tour operator so transport was great! I guess south east but surfed a couple spots more towards the middle of the east coast.

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