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sri lanka’s ‘beautiful’ war


This is Australian Thomas Bexon. He’s a shaper and surfer from up Noosa way. Thomas is headed for Sri Lanka where he intends working with Peter Kuruvita.

Bexon  has a ‘well-regarded’ shaping business in Noosa, specialising in long boards.

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Peter Kuruvita is a chef, he’s also up Noosa way and intends setting up shop in Sri Lanka, he says that it’s the new destination for surfers.

Kuruvita, who is a keen surfer, says: “the top end of surfing is alive and well. There are many well-heeled surfers who would love to surf here.”

Kuruvita and Bexton also want to give the kids up there a chance by employing them as gophers in the kitchen and dogsbodies in the shaping bays. They also want to make a few quid from the many well-heeled surfers heading that way.

“Thirty years of war has been beautiful in some ways, because it kept Sri Lanka hidden,” says Kuruvita. “This is the next destination.”

The Sri Lankan civil war began in July 1983 and ended twenty-five beautiful years later in 2009.

The  beautiful war killed over 100,000 people during this time, plus another 40,000 to 100,000 during its final stages.



Casualties of the Beautiful War.

Surf’s up they say.


Quotes taken from the Sydney Morning Herald, 9 Jan 2016, traveller section.


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh Pete, what to say about the glorious days of Noosa when it was a camp ground at the the end of Hastings St . . . . surf’s up and moved a long way and good luck to those heading their way.

    January 9, 2016
  2. I’ve sent Bexon and Kuruvita a copy of this post and asked them for a comment. Tell me I’m dreaming of ever getting a reply.

    January 9, 2016
  3. Shane Fisher #

    I remember reading a story, pretty sure it was a surf journalist. Talking about A bay, how they had been part of that world. Then they had learnt of the family coastal dwellers had all been knocked on the head, literally. It was meaningful for me, cause I had been bought up on a diet of Morning of Earth, one which I had yet and still need to digest and now generally is ever present.

    Hey Pete! Kuvurita, I mean. I am looking for a generally free trip. Just watched The Painted Veil and liked it, so, if your lucky, I may be able to write something exotic.

    My pitches must be getting better.

    January 9, 2016
  4. SjH #

    I made a killing on the stock market with a company that sells prostatic limbs PB old chap , what say we pack up the chopper & slip over and take advantage of those mongrels that had the hide to not share their “beautiful war” with us well heeled surfer types.

    January 11, 2016
  5. Trouble is, when you decide to exit the five star compound’s security gates to take the little lady into town for some shopping you get horribly hassled by street beggars. Not only that, but sometimes you hear gunfire at night up in the hills.
    Most disconcerting, but they’re probably just hunting for food. Whoever they are.

    January 11, 2016
  6. Dave #

    Beautiful War = Whats next for Peter Kuruvita
    Afghanistan luxury retreats for the well heeled adventurer?
    Surf Syria?

    February 12, 2016

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