is here that you will find excellent surf breaks for those who are
complete beginners or at an intermediate level. For this reason, the
majority of Barbados surf schools are based along this coast, with
Barbados surf lessons being held at these surf breaks.
first Barbados surf spot that should be on any beginners list is Freights Bay.
It is at this left hand point break that most beginners enjoy their
first Barbados surfing experience.
Besides the consistent knee to chest
high beginner surf, this surf break is home
to many of the island's sea turtles who often come up for a
breath of air next to the unsuspecting, yet pleasantly surprised, learner.
Freights Bay lies just minutes away
from the town of Oistins and Miami Beach (Enterprise Beach) and is
within 20 minutes driving distance from the majority of hotels along
the island's south coast.
The next surf break to try is South Point which,
as the name states, is located at the most southern tip of the island.
This left hand Barbados surf break is steps away from
Freights Bay and offers the more
intermediate to experienced surfer great surf
conditions, often ranging from chest high to double overhead
However those new to the sport should be cautious
when deciding to surf here as the
current can sometimes be
but by no means the least is the popular Barbados surf spot; Brandons
(sometimes referred to as Drill Hall).
Brandons is located just 10
minutes from the island's capital city of Bridgetown and is right next
door to the Hilton
Hotel Barbados, Amaryllis Beach Resort and Coconut Court.
This surf break accommodates
surfers of all levels
and can offer some very long peeling lefts. This surf spot is also steps away from the Dread or Dead Surf Shop in Hastings,
Very popular with beginners, Peebles is a rock break leading into a sandy
beach break at the southwest corner of the island between Needham's
Point and Carlisle Bay.
On the very rare occassion that Freights Bay is not
offering powerful enough waves for learners, usually due to a northerly or
westerly swell affecting the island, surf lessons are held at this
Barbados surf break.
This is a beautiful, white sand Barbados beach filled
with fun water activities and is perfect for surfers travelling with
their significant others who do not surf. Plenty of sun tanning
and beach fun!
East Coast Barbados Surf Spots
the more lively Atlantic Ocean, surf spots in Barbados along the east
offer advanced surfers the most consistent surf conditions, breaking
throughout the year. It is also home to one of the most popular and
renowned Caribbean surfing spots, The
The Soup Bowl
Soup Bowl Barbados is found in the quiet town of Bathsheba along the
east coast of
the island and is the most popular surf break for
experienced and professional surfers visiting the island.
Soup Bowl has been featured in numerous surf magazines
and videos, including Taylor Steele's Sipping Jetstreams,
Campaign 2 and Taylor Knox's Arc.
waves here break in a right hand direction, are often hollow at low
tide and can reach as high as triple over head! There is also very
strong currents here and combined with its size should not be
underestimated by amateur or experienced surfers.
The best time to surf Soup Bowl is during a north swell
when the wind is low. As this is a very popular surf break the
crowd can quite often be intense on good days but the incoming sets are
frequent and can have up to 5 great waves.
located along the East Coast is High Rock which is situated between the
Soup Bowl and Parlor Barbados surf spots. This Barbados surf break
offers both a left and right and gets surf on a variety of swells.
to the Soup Bowl, the waves are usually quite hollow at low tide and
the current can be very strong making High Rock best for the more
is next door to the Soup Bowl and High Rock on the east
coast and offers both consistent lefts and rights, however the right is
dominant. The waves here are often very fast and powerful and the water
is quite deep.
Advanced and intermediate surfers can expect the best
when the incoming swell is from the north or north-east of the island
with light wind blowing in a north-westerly direction. There is
opportunity for long rides here and also occasional
barrels on large swells when the wind is offshore.
to watch out for at Parlors include
sharp rocks and strong currents and you will not want to get caught by
the odd cleanup set!
Sandbank in the Cattlewash area on the eastern coast of Barbados is
best for Barbados
surfing between the months of July and November. You will find
Sandbank to the north of Bathsheba.
is one of the only Barbados beach breaks along this coast of the island
and breaks best when ground swells are coming in from the north-east of
the island with the wind blowing from the south-west.
lefts and rights and surfers will find that this Barbados surf spot is
great surf at all
stages of the tide here.
West Coast Barbados Surf Spots
West Coast of Barbados offers some spectacular Barbados surfing
but it is much less reliable than the other areas of the island. The
surf breaks are less consistent here and you may have to hunt them
once you find them they are absolute perfection! This is because these
Barbados surf spots are very clean-faced as the perfect wave is created
with the help of
the consistent off-shore winds.
the best Barbados surf spots on the West Coast of the island is Batts
is about 10 minutes car ride north of the capital, Bridgetown. This is
the first place to check for surf if there is a northern swell as you
will almost be guaranteed waves here in this circumstance.
wave direction is mostly to the left and the waves break in deep
water, making it one of the safest places to surf on the island. This
means that Batts Rock is great for surfers of all levels.
However if a very large north swell is hitting this surf
break clean up sets are common and the hold downs can be long.
Barbados surf spot of Tropicana is sometimes referred to as the "perfect goofy-foot
surfer's paradise" as it offers hollow
This however is one of the
shallowest and most dangerous surf breaks to be found on the island
of Barbados as the waves break over a very
sharp "fire" coral bottom which often sticks out of the water during
If you do not make the drop and pull in the barrel you can be
slammed on and drag across this coral reef bottom, resulting in cuts that burn like hell! Many
unaware visiting surfers have experienced this and it is not something
any surfer wants to happen to them.
For this reason it is
deemed fit only for advanced surfers and it is highly advised that you
do not surf here at low tide.
The lineup here also gets very crowded and it is best
that you befriend the local surfers rather than battle for waves. Once you show them
respect you will get your share of barrels too!
worth visiting on the western coast of the island is Sandy Lane Bay.
surf spot can be found easily and is located infront of the world
renowned, luxurious Sandy Lane Hotel.
Sandy Lane offers a left hand reef break over
coral leading into a sandy bay and is an excellent surf spot when there
is west swell with a south, south-easterly or
Though a short ride, Sandy Lane is perfect for those surfers looking for an
easy paddle out and an easy ride. This Barbados surf break
is also perfect for surfers
travelling with their significant other as Sandy Lane Bay is one
of the nicest and most beautiful Barbados beaches to tan and relax on.
North and NorthWest Barbados Surf Spots
surf that can be found on the North and Northwest Coast of Barbados is
excellent for those who are extremely advanced or even compete at a
professional level. Below are some of the best spots on this stretch of
the island that will prove enjoyable locations for surfers of this
is located in the north-western side of the island and is about 10
minutes north of the
luxurious area of Port St. Charles. Surfers will find that the wind
tends to be consitently off-shore at Maycocks and the spot is protected
by a cliff.
This is a right hand reef break that breaks over coral
rocks and it is best
when there is a northern swell affecting the island. This Barbados surf
spot sometimes barrels at low
tide and the rides can seem to go on forever!
Many surfers rate
Maycocks as a regular footers dream as it is just you, the waves and a
deserted white sandy beach - perfect!
surf spot known as Duppies is usually compared to the Parlor surf break in
its size and power. Duppies can be found between Maycocks and North
Point on the north-western side of the island.
The waves here break very far offshore, mainly in a
right hand direction, making for a very, very long paddle out but very
long rides. Duppies is best
during a north swell when there is a northerly offshore wind.
There is a coral bottom here but the water is so deep
that you need not worry about hitting the reef. However the current can
be extremely strong and is therefore recommended to be surfed by only
intermediate and advanced surfers.
Finally, not to be missed on the northern coast of Barbados is North
Point, which can be found off of Highway 1C at the very tip of the
North Point is an exposed reef that is noted for having fairly
consistent surf. Surfers will find
that there is a mixture of groundswells and wind swells at this
Barbados surf spot making for some very tricky waves.
offers both lefts and rights as well as a right breaking reef with the
best surf occuring when they are north-easterly swells.
Barbados Surf Spots Quick Facts
• No. of Surf Breaks: Over 15 different
surf spots including reef and sandy bays.
• Best Surf Spot On The Island: Soup
• Most Consistent Coast: The east coast
• Surf Videos Featuring Barbados:
Campaign 2, Sipping Jetstreams, Arc, Lost Across America Vol. I
• Best Surf Spots For Beginners: Freights
Bay and Peebles Beach along the south coast.
• Best Surf Spots For Intermediate Surfers: South Point and Brandons along the south coast.
• Best Surf Spot For Advanced Surfers: Soup Bowl along the east coast.
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