Often refered to as "Little England", Barbados boasts some of the most varied conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing in the Caribbean.
Couple this with a colourful and vibrant local culture, immensely friendly people and some of the best fish cuisine anywhere in the world, and what you have is a brilliant all round destination that will appeal to watersports and non watersports enthusiasts alike.
THE KITE SURF SPOTS:
There are a few different spots to choose from when deciding where to participate in your days on water activities, but the contrasts between the different coasts are noticeable. The South West side is the more lived in side of the island, offering a few different spots along this stretch, from flat water, to reefs to point breaks. The only downside is that they can be crowded due to the proximity of housing and urbanisations. The Eastern side is a lot more lush in vegetation and a little bit more rugged. This coast line bears the full brunt of the Atlantic and is not for the faint of heart. This part of the island is where you will find the world class wave "Soup Bowls", amoung others. The northern part of the island is a mix of old a new but tends to be less used (from a boardsports point of view) due to bad access. This area is also where the rich and famous come to play. It is not unusual to rub shoulders with some celebs when visiting this part of the island.
SILVER SAND/SILVER ROCK This spot is based a little further North than Silver Sands, and is along the road that leads to the capital of the island, Bridgetown. There is no shore break here and the water is totally flat on the inside, giving way to rolling swell on the outside. The wind is a bit less here and the spot is more suited to freeride/freestyle and beginners.
OISTINS This spot is based a little further North than Silver Sands, and is along the road that leads to the capital of the island, Bridgetown. There is no shore break here and the water is totally flat on the inside, giving way to rolling swell on the outside. The wind is a bit less here and the spot is more suited to freeride/freestyle and beginners.
BATHSHEBA (SOUP BOWL) This is an expert only wave that breaks hard and fast along a shelf of fire coral. It works even when the wind is onshore (the reef cleaning the wave up as it breaks) Kelly Slater (8 X Surfing World Champion) rates this as one of his favourite waves. When it works it can be a perfect stand up barrel from start to finish. Local Pro windsurfer Brian "Irie Man" Talma is one of only a handful of people to have windsurfed at this venue and reckons that it is one of the hardest waves to sail, due to how fast it rifles down the reef. There are a few other spots in this area, some of which are still to be pioneered!!!
LONG BEACH If you are looking for a quieter venue then head to Long Beach on the Southern tip of the island. Waves break all the way to the shore here and you will get the opportunity to ride uncrowded easy waves. This is pro windsurfer Brian Talma's local spot and it's not unusual to see him soaring above you while mid way through his trade mark back loops. The wind is also a touch stronger here than at Silver Sands.
The wind you get in Barbados is the Northerly trade wind that blows between 15 and 25 knots through it's peak season, which is usually between December and March. Outside of this the wind becomes a little bit more erratic, although you could luck out and get an awesome week later in the year