team east surf

 East Surf is owned by SUDU, Arugam Bay born and bred. Sudu loves the ocean and the jungle.  If he is not relaxing at the guesthouse, you will find him on a boat in the middle of the ocean or making a fire in the jungle.  A remarkable being, so connected to nature he can smell and feel animals as far as the eye can see, and beyond. An excellent cook and a 'wise man'.


​Raffaella is half italian, half dutch, and grew up in London.  Sudu and Raffaella met in 2010 while Raffy was on a cycling tour of Sri Lanka; and in 2012 after 30 years of London life she decided to join forces with Sudu  and  move to Sri Lanka.

If she is not running around multi tasking all over the gaff with baby on tow, you will find her taking pictures, meditating in the wild, or walking her dogs on a deserted beach (with baby in pram). Raffaella also runs her own postcard business.

In August 2014 their daughter Giada was born in Kalmunai, somewhere between Arugam Bay and Batticaloa.

Sudu & Raffaella

December 2012

Giada is the new owner of East Surf; she is pretty bossy; she can speak Sinhala, English some dog language; her presence and vision of the future is definitely felt.

Mali is our cleanse guru and is in charge of housekeeping and maintenance

Lanith is our recommended surf teacher. Born on the waves of Arugam, and speaks good English. His lessons include board rental, and held at one of our prestigious beaches.

Iranka is our waiter and Surf Specialist. He's surfing more than he is serving dinner. Anything you need to know about surf, wind, swell, currents, Iranka is the man. And if you are lucky, he might serve you breakfast.

John is one mean mother f***er with a soft heart; he is our night watchman.


Mocka is on garden security, chasing away goats, monkeys, cows and stray dogs.

Jack is our labrador puppy, in charge of hoovering, he will suck up any leftovers off the ground.

Jimmy is our resident hunter... When off-duty you will find them sleeping in the shade. 




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