News from George on his travels...

Latest news from George Solh on his travels in Sri Lanka

February has gone and we are half way through our winter adventure.

I think I left you last month saying I was off to a meditation retreat up in the highlands of Sri Lanka. Well, we got there to find out that the teacher had died a while ago and that they wanted to charge us the earth to stay. So, needless to stay, we high-tailed it and the trip turned into something completely different. We ended up rafting down a river in Kithulgala - watching amazing devil dancing and fire walking in Kandy (the capital of the central highlands) and we visited a group of caves that are 2500 year old - evidence of a lost culture. We also visited tea plantations and saw hornbills and sea eagles - all thrown in for good measure!

That lasted about 10 days because I had to get back to the coast as I had a contest to organize. The ‘Middigama Open’ is organized by myself and a Brazilian resident friend of mine. It's the second year we have run this contest and it is sponsored by local businesses - mostly surf camps based in and working in the area. It's a way for all of us here to give back to the surfing community. The local surfers love it and take it seriously by training and spreading the word through the jungle telegraph.

It took 2 weeks of running around, chasing logos and sponsorship money and eventually all was in place. On the 25th February at 7.00am, the contest was a ‘go’ with conditions we prayed for. Superb 4 to 6 foot waves, with small barrels and no wind all day! We had 2000 spectators and 70 competitors who entered the contest.

The day went without a hitch, except for the fact that I ended up doing 3 people’s jobs - on the microphone, time keeping and being head judge.

The final was ‘on fire’ and was won by a French surfer, followed by a South African and an Australian, with fourth place going to a young, up-and-coming Sri Lankan surfer. All in all, a great day, great contest (Knackered though…)

Meanwhile, my kids are killing it in the surf. My boy (who’s 8 years old) went out in the surf 3 times his size and my daughter (who’s 10 years old) is a little less adventurous and the more sensible one, is charging as well!

I love surfing with them, I love seeing how they're coming on so much and how much they're learning. Everyday seems like they are pushing some new boundaries. Amazing adventurous crazy kids. I am truly blessed…

So where is George…?

News from George Solh from his travels in Sri Lanka

It has been raining for 3 days now, unseasonal, but tropical rain. Normally it’s dry this time of year, but hey it’s still 30 degrees! We're in Sri Lanka for 4 months based in the southern tip near a Dutch colonial city called Galle, where we've slipped into a nice routine of surfing in the morning and then onto our different chores and little missions we have set ourselves.

The kids here have been surfing for about 5 or 6 years now but never as keenly as they are now. We all get in the water at about 8.00am - as long as it's not too big for them - and we surf until about 9.30am with a combination of lefts and rights over a coral reef break.

The kids are aged between 8 and 10 and they are ripping! They get lots of encouragement from everyone around.

The rest of the time is split between homeschooling and some chores. We've chosen not to do the international school this year so that we get more time together and. The school is 45 mins away along one of the most dangerous roads I have come across and I tell you I have been around!

We've rented a 2 bedroom house close to a temple and a secondary school and wake up to prayers and the national anthem all weekdays. We have visits from monkeys who feed off the Papaya leaves on the trees in our garden and lots of birds singing all day competing with the chipmunks running along the walls eating food we put out for them.

I have volunteered to help the local international school every Thursday afternoon with surf club, where around 20 kids pop down after school and surf for an hour. I also have an advanced class on Saturdays with 5 kids of the same level as my kids who want to improve their skills.

My wife is a massage and craniosacral therapist doing some freelance work for a couple of the higher end surf camps dotted along the coast.

On Friday we're heading into the hills to a hermitage to spend 10 days doing silent meditation, so all the preparations are under way. We'll be catching a train along one of the most scenic train routes in the country up toward the mountain spiritual city of Kandy.

So I guess I will fill you in on what happened in the next blog.

See you soon.

Ps, the dates for our summer camps and junior programme at Jersey Surf School will be up next week so have a look and start thinking of your own little surfing adventure this summer.

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It's going to be a great day!

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Alternatively you can call in at Freedom surf shop in Quennevais precinct or Quiksilver surf shop in Bath st, St Helier.

Roxy Day in May

The sun came out for the annual Roxy Surf Day held by The Jersey Surf School at Le Braye in May, where 30 girls headed to the beach for a day of surf and yoga taught by Roxy ambassador Natalie Fox and friends. The guys from MOO treated the girls to a healthy lunchtime snack to keep them going through the day, which is open to all abilities and ages. The sold out event is popular one in the summer calender and it's advised that you book well in advance next time! It's worth it for the free goodie bag ...

While we are planning our next Roxy Day for July, in the meantime we have our ladies surf club starting in June. Click here if you want to join us.

Roxy Surf Day

Hey guys

The Roxy Day is back for all you lovely ladies out there who want to get surfing.

25th of May from 12pm to 4pm with Yoga with Natalie Fox, surfing with Nat and Linzi, goodie bags from Roxy and a great healthy lunch from Moo.

A fun day out for all ages from 8 to hhmmm.

To book please call 07797716055 or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a number we can call you back on.

Alternatively you can call in at Freedom surf shop in Quennevais precinct or Quiksilver surf shop in Bath st, St Helier.

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Jersey Boat Show

Jersey quicksilver surf school are going to be down at the boat show all weekend from Sat 3rd of May to Mon 5th of May.

Come down and see us and get entered into our special draw to win some fantastic prizes.

You will also be able to book all your kids into our summer camp and mini summer camp programmes as well as all other lessons at a reduced price of 10% off.

So come down and see us and have a chat.

Summer Camp Programme

As part of our summer camp programme we’re happy to confirm that Paul Wagstaffe of Nurture Ecology will be playing a role this summer guiding the kids round the ecosystems in the rock pools and the sand dunes as part of awareness of natural life on our beaches.

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Back for Summer 2014

This Summer we will be back with our popular Ladies Surf club for girls that want to come and hang out, try surfing and a bit of yoga too!

Held by our very own Roxy ambassador Natalie Fox, keep checking back for details as the summer rolls in!

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