• Posted:Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Surfs up in Sri Lanka
I mentioned recently that Sri Lanka is trying to establish itself as something of a tourist hot spot, with the end of the war with the Tamil Tigers bringing an opportunity to promote the Asian country to the world.

Sri Lanka Tourism noted that people from all over the globe did keep visiting, but it decided to launch a campaign - Making of the Small Miracle - to encourage even more to come.

And now it has been confirmed that in addition to the "lush jungles" and sacred cities, visitors this summer will be bale to check out a prestigious surfing competition.

The Sri Lanka Champion of Champions Surf Contest is taking place from July 1st to 6th, with some top international stars among the 48 people competing. Personally I don't think I could name any of the world's best surfers, but I'd certainly like to get a look at them in action! Particularly if I can lounge on a Sri Lankan beach while I'm at it.

According to tourism bosses, the event was last held in the country after the tsunami in 2005 and played a big role in reviving the area, so a similar boost to tourism is expected this time round.

Dave Reed, director of the UK Pro Surf Tour, reckons "excellent surf and spectacular beaches" are Sri Lanka's greatest assets, so if you're staying in hostels in the region next month it could definitely be worth a look.

Or, for that matter, if you're there at any time this summer why not spend a lazy day experiencing the luxury of the sand yourself?

Sam Buckley
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