Surfing In Barbados

Surfing In Barbados

-IT was the kind of scene you’d expect to see on the north shore ofOahu or the Gold Coast of Australia: three surfers bobbing in the water as a 15-foot swell rolled in. One of the surfers paddled into it, snapped to his feet, and suddenly he was riding it — millions of gallons of the ocean’s energy barreling him forward. He turned, speeding left, flipping right, then crouched down and held the sides of his board, launching himself five feet off the crest. He flew, spinning into the air, drops of water fanning him like white lace, and landed with perfect ease on the wave as it settled back down and lapped toward shore.

Only this wasn’t Pipe, Indo or any other famous moniker the world’s nomadic surfing community bestows on its favorite pilgrimage spots. This clean, perfect, enormous wave was rolling in to a little-known surf destination — the east coast of Barbados. And the only audience that these three surfers — professionals from Hawaii and Florida in town to shoot a documentary for Billabong — had was an empty, palm-tree-lined beach.

 

Tucked in the southern corner of the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. The island’s west coast is its famous side: powdery beaches, water as clear as if it were poured from a tap, manicured estates, really manicured resorts and even more manicuredgolf courses. That part of the island is known as the Platinum Coast, so named for the color of its sparkling coastline and its preferred credit cards. That is the Barbados of the travel agencies and guidebooks. But it’s only half the story.

Barbados Surf Locations

Surfboard Rentals

Car Rentals Barbados

Barry's Surf School, Salt Ash, Dover Beach, Christ Church, BB15025, Barbados
Tel: +1 246 256 3906
Email: barry@surf-barbados.com