Surfing In Barbados
Barbados Surfing the South Coast
The south coast of Barbados is the perfect place to stay for Surfers who are looking for good restaurants and popular night life in close proximity to the Surf. The most consistent breaks are South Point and Brandon’s. There are other amazing spots, such as Surf Barbados Freights Bay and Accra.
The Surf in Barbados is usually good for 8 months of the year (November – June). The south coast has long peeling lefts that make your legs burn after a while. The trade winds blow out of the ENE which makes the swells clean and the Surf is super fun. The best time to Surf on the south side of Barbados is at low tide because the waves get really powerful and fast.
If the waves and wind drop off the conditions are likely to be great for Surfing at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba on the East coast of Barbados. Soup Bowl is only a 30 minute drive from the south coast.
Barbados Surfing the East Coast
The East coast is home of the Soup Bowl – a world class right point break that is really heavy and hollow. This wave is for experienced Surfers. When the Surf is up, Soup Bowl Barbados can be compared to the north shore of Oahu. As it faces the east, the wind can often be a factor but there is always waves to Surf.
If the wind is on shore and the current is very strong, pulling to the north of Barbados, its time to get in car and go to the south coast. Usually South Point gets the first of the south east swell and is protected by the wind. The left and right peak make Surfing this wave really fun as you can mix it up. The best Surfing in Barbados is done at low tide.
Barbados Surfing the West Coast
The West coast of Barbados has fantastic waves. However, this side of the island is very inconsistent. If you are staying on West Coast chances are you will have to take a drive to find the Surf. Nevertheless if you wake up and the air feels cold there may be a low pressure system and you may get lucky and Surf a north swell. These swells wrap onto the West coast of Barbados. When these waves break its pure perfection this happens about 6 times a year (from Dec to April). The Surf on Barbados West coast lasts for about 3 days. However, don’t think you get away from the locals, as every Surfer in Barbados calls in sick because the waves are so good on this side of the island. There are many different spots to Surf like Maycocks,Tropicana and Batts Rock.
Surfing Batts Rock Barbados
Batts Rock is located on the West coast of Barbados. This is the first place to check for good Surf on the west coast if there is a north swell. The wave is a left that breaks in about 7ft of water and is probably the safest place to surf on this side of Barbados. The swells rise onto the reef and break in a perfect barrel all the way to the beach! The drop is steep and wedges like Pipeline.
Finding Batts Rock
In order to find Batts Rock drive north as you go through Bridgetown and up highway. You will come to a round-a-bout, where you keep straight and pass a Texaco gas station, then the road has a gentle decline and you will see a small public access sign on your left. Take this left and drive down the hill and you have arrived in Batts Rock.
Surfing Maycocks Barbados
Maycocks is located on the North West side of Barbados. The wave is a super long right and is similar to Jeffery’s Bay when it breaks. It seems to go forever. Maycocks is sheltered by a cliff and the wind tends to be off-shore. There is a small beach with no buildings or houses around. Once there, you really feel like you are in a surfer’s paradise. Maycocks breaks best on a low tide which gives the wave some hollow sections. If you are lucky enough to travel to Barbados and surf Maycocks when there is a north swell you will never forget it!
The only way to get to there is by car. Once you are there you have to walk down the cliff. However, some locals have big 4X4’s and venture down the cliff face. Our advice is to catch a ride or walk to the surf. To get there, drive north along the west coast of Barbados until you pass Port St. Charles (condominiums). Once at the Y junction, take left and follow the road up a hill until you pass the cement plant, take the next left and drive until you see a bakery on the left. Turn left by the bakery and follow the road to a dead end. Once there are waves you will see cars parked, walk to the cliff and take a look. You will see a perfect wave – Maycocks.
Surfing Tropicana Barbados
Tropicana is located on the West coast of Barbados. This barreling left is one of the most shallow waves you will ever surf. Do NOT surf at low tide if you value your life. The bottom is fire coral and very unforgiving. When surfing this break do not go right as you will butt up with some dry reef. It is great to watch the surfing from the beach as it is so close to the shore.
The shore break can also be huge and dangerous.
The best way to get there is to drive North out of Bridgetown along the West coast road. About mid-way up the west coast keep an eye out for John Moore’s rum shop on the left hand side. About 50 meters after this shop you will see a church on the sea side. Pull into the car park for the church and out front is Tropicana – a perfect left – Surfers paradise.