| Club report: The Kumudu
valley waterski resort
Not many waterski sites can claim to have perfect conditions. Especially when you value calm water and a beautiful scenery.
| The waterski
10 minutes away from the airport is one of those dream locations we all dream about. It has been found in 1998 by Holger, who immediatly started working to get his paradise waterskicamp together. After a year of tremend ous efforts he had the best waterski place on Sri Lanka and possibly in whole Asia up and running.
A tournament waterski boat on a secluded lagoon like calm river surrounded by palm trees. Wakeboarders, trickers and free-riders have access to a 15 kilometer long and only 70 metres wide runway with natural obstacles e g. stranded lumber and old trees hanging in the water. Locals sending out happy screams from the banks once they spotted a whity performing his moves. Slalom cracks master the course right infront their bungalows and the breaking waves of the Indian Ocean. A sand bank prevents the sea waves from rolling in.
One of the few places in the world, where you find excellent conditions for skiing, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing at the same time, on sweet-water or the indian ocean, that is up to you...
Holger runs a waterski school in Germany during the summer months and has coaching experience for slalom skiing, tricks and wakeboarding. He also is a licensed watersport instructor for windsurfing and kitesurfing. You wi ll notice his enthusiasm for all kinds of watersports, which keeps him up-to-date with the latest trends and developments of training methods and new products. No matter what skiing level, Holger will analyse your trouble shooters and corrects them step-by-step. It is making his day already, when your skiing is improving. This is why he simply banned the water-banana, ringos and jet-skis out of his camp.
The ski experience may be quite the opposite of what you may be used to. There is right-at-the-site accomodation available or you chose the RANWELI HOLIDAY RESORT, just 300 meters away. This is the perfect setup to make i t an ultimate waterski holiday, also for non-skiers !!!
| At the waterski
The boat and the dock is based at the so called BOAT CLUB. It is a privat property, owned by Holger`s partner Dennis Jayawardena, a 55 year old former SriLankanAirlines Chief stewart. Dennis has completed his dream house at the lagoon in 1997. He loves fishing and good food. Visitors will notice that he enjoys a simple live that man lived in luxury for over 35 years and doesn`t need it anymore. In my 2001, his retirement gave him the time to fully concentrate on the BOAT CLUB. From season 2001/ 2002 onwards, he is ready to welcome you in three new bungalows right-at-the-site plus a snack-bar next to the dock, overlooking the lagoon with slalom course and the sandbank with the Indian Ocean behind.
Several excurions can be organized individually everything is obligatory and there are many different programs to choose from. To be absolutely independant, hire one of the inexpensive vans and a driver will show you th e most interesting sights in the area. So no stressful sightseeing at Holger´s camp. Remember: you are on vacation! You can easily go on a 2-3 day discovery tour, relax and come back to get ready for another training sess ion. If you like to travel on a small budget, this is the place to go to get your money´s worth. Comparing a week at Holger´s camp in Sri Lanka to a week in Florida, it is fair to say that you will only spend about half. So, what about local food? The rich buffets at the hotel offer a large selection and variety of local delicacies adjusted to european cuisine.
If you are a seafood lover, Holger will lead you to his favourite restaurants to enjoy the best fresh lobster, king prawns & Co.
For more information check out Holger`s website at www.waterskicamps.com
| Hotel tip:
Hotel tip: RANWELI HOLIDAY VILLAGE The RANWELI is a holiday resort in the wide spread bungalow style. Some of the bungalows are located directly at the beautiful endless sand beach. The resort is nicely located on a peninsula. Expect the perfect luxury wit h room-service, two bars (1 pool & 1 cocktail), and staff that gladly helps you with any problem. For fitness you may play tennis on two sand courts, squash on two courts, basketball, beach-volleyball, table-tennis and test your Robin Hood-rating with archery. The equipment is in good condition. Getting you in shape is the goal of the so called Ayurveda. At the weekend you may order a complete medical treatment, a medical massage and a acupuncture treatment in a close object or in your room. The RANWELI HOLIDAY VILLAGE owns the GREEN LEAF HOTEL ARWARD for serious ecologic commitment. The well-trained staff organizes tours through the private zoo with peacocks, deers, et cetera, or teaches you asian cooking wi th local herbs of the own kitchen garden. New, very quiet air-conditioning apparel gives you a good rest.
| My personal
My personal advice Holger`s place is for all levels in skiing and wakeboarding & also attractive for non-skiers. It is a dream location and there are no minus points on the list. Go for a five day island trip and spend a week or two at the RANWELI VILLAGE to ski with Holger.
|Open||October to May|
|Boat||SUPRA comp 1998, 310 HP|
|Boat timing||Perfect Pass Pro 4.0|
|Equipment||Skylon, Barefoot-Boom, Windsurfing, Surfing, Kite-Surfing|
|Beginners||Combo-Skis, kid-skis, wakeboard, monoski|
|Advanced||slalomski, trick-ski, wakeboard, life-jacket also for kids|
|Contact name||Holger Brümmer (speaks german, english & french)|
|Telephone||0049 - (0)172 - 940 26 877|
|On Sri Lanka||0777-36 24 58|
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