Back in 1998, Holger Brümmer, a German waterski coach was looking out for new waterski destinations in Asia. In Sri Lanka, he asked the locals for their favorite locations and ended up on a beach near the village of Negombo located close to Colombo. When he walked down this beach, the jungle opened and gave view to the lagoon like river delta you see further down in the section “Boat club”. Well, the picture has actually been taken from a palm tree and not from the beach. But the view is not less spectacular. In 2003, he found another area just big enough for a six ball slalom course. He teamed up with the local “Christian Fernando” who was about to open a hotel at the lagoon at that time. Holger knew that it would be ideal to have an extra spot for slalom skiing only and started to build his second site “Kumudu” for slalom skiers only. Since the beginning in 1998 Holger has been working hard to build one of the best waterski and wakeboard sites you can dream of. Scenic surroundings, tropical clima, perfect water and professional waterski equipment make it my favorite personal winter waterski destination.
The Kumudu slalom waterski lagoon
30 minutes away from the airport or one hour from Colombo is one of those perfect spots waterskiers dream about. A tournament waterski boat on a secluded lagoon surrounded by palm trees. As you can see on the picture above and below, there are not just some pitoresque postcard palm trees standing there but massive tropical vegetation. The plants cuts off all the wind and the mangroove roots swallow the boat waves completely.
The lenght of our 8 ball slalom course is just fitting into the lagoon. It seems that the Dutch colonialists, who dug out the lagoon as a part of a network of transportation channels already knew the dimensions of a slalom course a 300 years ago 🙂 Something about the water temperature: I have to confess that I hate cold water! But what can you do if you want to extend the waterski season and don’t live in Florida? This is not a problem when you head off to Sri Lanka. When I skied there in the month of May, the water temperature was 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) on one side of the lagoon and 33 degrees (91,4 F)on the other. Unbelievable!