a 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.
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.