Surf & Sun

They say Adam and Eve were banished to Sri Lanka following their extradition from Eden. Eden must be one heavenly paradise if sending them here was considered punishment.

It’s hard to explain why we haven’t written a blog in a while. It’s not like we’ve been travelling heaps or haven’t had the time. On the contrary we have stayed in one place for the longest time since we left our home in Perth and have had more time to do nothing since before we learned to crawl.

We are staying on a secluded beach with a nice point break on our doorstep. The grounds are about 5 acres and covered with all sorts of newly planted palms, fruit trees and other colourful, tropical plants. But all the neighbours are small farms growing coconuts or peanuts so it really feels like you are in the middle of nowhere.


There’s only 3 bungalows dotted amongst the palms and a big covered area which is constructed entirely of tree trunks and branches with no walls except those surrounding the kitchen so you constantly feel immersed in nature.




To add to that feeling the squirrels dart up and down the trees while the lizards laze in the sun and the birds chirp from sun rise to set. The two pet dogs Pushka and Papaya also give us ample affection.

Kanthan our host has a smile that lights up the room. He cooks us delicious, organic meals with locally grown produce. He knows over 30 vegetable curries so each night we get a new surprise. He was affected by the 2004 tsunami, only surviving by climbing up a coconut tree which the tsunami smashed him into and broke his arm then stayed there 7 hours till the waves and water subsided. Two years ago he learnt to swim in the ocean and last year he learnt to surf. This morning we watched him carve up the waves. He was pretty stoked with his session admiring himself on the videos Matt shot.

Along with our new friend Kanthan, we have a friendship blossoming with a Swedish couple, Andy and Johanna, whom have been staying in paradise too and celebrated their one year traveling anniversary yesterday. We share discussions on travelling, books, art, business and philosophy while swinging in hammocks or sharing meals.

Every day we wake up, grab our boards and hit the waves before breakfast. Matt is getting better every day and is getting some great waves. Jill is slowly improving and becoming more confident. Our tan lines are gaining definition and are we starting to think we could possibly be Sri Lankan.


If we’re not surfing, exploring or chatting you will most likely find us swinging in a hammock reading, drawing, sleeping or just being.


So that’s our life at the moment, and since we extended to a three month visa this week, it probably going to be our life for a while to come.


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6 Responses to Surf & Sun

  1. Doris says:

    Wow you are both really chilling out. Sounds great. Is the water warmer than in Perth?

    • MattJill says:

      Yes Doris, after trekking up Everest and traipsing across India it’s nice to slow down and chill for a while. And surfing every day is great exercise.

  2. don says:

    unreal, so happy for you guys. its great to drop out, switch off, whatever you want to call it. A new curry every night is cool. keep the surfing up. it is a path to enlightenment, not the only one, but a really fun one.
    you have found the sri lanka we found 20 years ago, dont be in a rush to leave. so stoked you are there, its like we are sharing it together but in a different decade haha

    • MattJill says:

      Hey Don, we really see why you guys got stuck here and can imagine you chilling in the neighboring hammock after a morning session. We plan to spend almost all of our 3 months here. I pulled off my first floater yesterday! So stoked when I landed it 🙂

  3. Marita says:

    Sounds absolutely idyllic you guys – yeah, I agree with Don – when you find heaven why leave?? What’s a “floater”? The sunset pictures are sensational – I can just imagine how beautiful it is after a day of surfing to have your curry and hang around in the hammock. How great for you to be making some international friends as well. Matt, not sure if you got my Skype message – I figured if I was going to go all the way to Sri Lanka, then it would be better if I could go on to India etc. and I really wouldn’t want to do that on my own. After reading this, I must say I was really tempted though. I dream about surfing again ………..dream on mum!!! Sending big hugs and lots a luv – it makes my heart sing reading your wonderful blogs.

  4. Sounds idyllic… Beautifully written, I feel like I’m there with you!!!

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