Alex – in the surf world known as Äxl – surfed his first waves on the French Atlantic coast. Henceforth, every holiday he took was dedicated to sport and every saved penny invested in new material.

Much has happened since then: In 2009, our boy from the Ruhr area decided to leave the work and everyday life behind him and allowed himself a nine-month break in Morocco. In the meantime, he left the north of Africa and continued working in various surf camps of Europe as a surf instructor, however his time-out still persists.


In February 2013 Alex eventually discovered a new destination for himself: Sri Lanka. The idea of the drivethru surf camp was born.

Alex is:

  • ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
  • SLSGB / Surf Life Saving GB Beach Lifeguard

Waschdl studied sports science with a focus on prevention and rehabilitation at the Technical University of Munich, and achieved his diploma successfully.

He has managed to turn his passion “surfing” into his occupation: For over 5 years the Augsburger is a passionate surfing instructor and therefore spends most of his time in the water. During summer months, you would usually see him on the French Atlantic coast and in the winter months our Waschdl has wandered to Morocco regularly so far.

As of now he is looking forward to avoiding the cold winter season in Germany and spending it in Sri Lanka instead.

Waschdl is:

  • ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
  • Diploma in Sports Science
  • SLSGB / Surf Life Saving GB Beach Lifeguard

Raphael is one of your instructors in the camp, who will teach you to enjoy wash overs and to reduce them to a minimum. For Raphael, Sri Lanka was the proverbial door, which opened in 2009, when the Swiss decided on a trip abroad, to set his priorities anew. The next steps after that came fairly quickly: Team up with Alex and Waschdl? No problem! Quit the Job and Apartment back home? Definitely! Working and surfing on the Atlantic coast? Fantastic! Discovering unknown places and new waves to surf? Let’s go go go now!

Raphael is:

  • ISA Level 1 Surf Coach

• SLSGB / Surf Life Saving GB Beach Lifeguard

Pia is responsible for the organization in the camp and is eager to take care of you. Born in Köln, she has worked in Amsterdam in research after her psychology studies. Always fond of traveling and interested in sports, she took every opportunity to escape the laboratory. She also discovered her enthusiasm for surfing. During Alex’s visit to a skate party in Amsterdam Pia learned a lot about Sri Lanka and she packed her bags shortly after.

Mimi takes care about camp organisation, together with Pia. After she travelled across whole europe, she fell in love with the Indian Ocean. She met the guys in a surfcamp in France a few years ago. Back then, she not just teached french but learned to love surfcamp life. At surfing, she wetted her pants in even knee-high waves, but here in Sri Lanka she finds perfect conditions to improve  her surf and to work and live her dream.

We all look forward to new guests, returning guests, to You.

drivethru – how it all began

When Alex was working in Morocco as a surf coach for the first time, he met a lot of nice people there, among them Waschdl, who also taught surfing there. In the ensuing winter months the two met regularly on the Moroccan Atlantic coast again to spend the winter together and to earn some dirhams along the way. In their first season together Raphael, the third in the league, was in the same place at the same time: It was love / friendship at first sight.


The following year, the three also spent their first joint summer in France. The desire to continue spending time and working together in the future grew.


When Alex returned the following spring from his winter trip to Sri Lanka, he reported to the others of the perfect waves and the breathtaking nature of this island. Everyone was immediately excited and didn’t hesitate when deciding where to go next. Other collaborators for this project were found quickly.
So the drivethru Surf Camp in southern Sri Lanka emerged. Surfing, living, relaxing in an idyllic setting. Spending time with nice people, and enjoying the leisurely pace of the island.

The drivethru team is thrilled to meet you and to experience the adventure “Sri Lanka” with you.