THE STORY OF KITESURFING LANKA
Our story commences with a calling, a calling to follow a dream. Dil and Leo both loved Kitesurfing and it was as if all forces of the universe brought them together, through a blog, an email, a kite trip and then a friendship which ultimate lyled to them teaming up to start the most EPIC Kiting Company in the World.
Our ethos also includes making a difference, we have been able to positively change a sleepy little fishing village and create a new industry in Sri Lanka. An industry which gives hope to those who had none. We strive to ensure that our presence does not adversely impact the environment and take it upon ourselves to be the stewards that share this message.
The story of Kitesurfing Lanka begins with a calling,
a calling to follow a dream.
Dil discovered kitesurfing in his student years and started a blog to document his passion and he’s also the first Sri Lankan IKO certified instructor. Leo was researching kitesurfing in Sri Lanka and found Dil’s blog so decided to email him. Not long after that, they did a kite trip together, back when Kalpitiya was just starting to develop.
On this trip, we became good friends and shortly after, we decided to start an epic kite company together. The first year we started small and rented a hotel for the season. It was a period of growth and learning. Then this beautiful piece of land became available for sale and they knew this was it!
A COCONUT OASIS
Kitesurfing Lanka, our own little piece of paradise in Kalpitiya, is a reflection of our hard work and passion for kitesurfing, nature and the community. Everything you see in the camp, including the placements of each rock in the garden, is ours. We strive to ensure that our presence does not adversely impact the environment and are committed to recycling and the use of sustainable materials.
COMMUNITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
When establishing Kitesurfing Lanka, we wanted to make a difference and we have been able to positively change a sleepy little fishing village and create a new industry in Sri Lanka. An industry which gives hope and jobs to those who had none. From the very beginning, we did our best to work with the community and involve the locals in our business.
Kitesurfing Lanka is all about kitesurfing, but also about giving back by providing education and opportunities to the youth, employing locals and by pioneering int the sustainability department. We have a tight collaboration with local schools, we’ve seen local boys becoming sponsored kitesurfers and we are involving the community into our sustainability projects and educating them on the harmful impact of plastic on the environment.