Barbados Activities - Wind Surfing
Besides Hawaii, Barbados is one of the best wave windsurfing spots of the world. The spot to windsurf in Barbados, is the area of Silver Sands, where the conditions are challenging yet forgiving. To describe Silver Sands in one sentence: it is a wonderful spot for beginners and top guys alike. The chances of wind are high and the waves are perfect for jumping and wave riding in side shore winds. Not only wave cracks, speed freaks and beginners as well will find dream conditions in the 81 F (27 C) warm waters of the South Coast.
The best time to spend your windsurfing vacation in Barbados is the period of time when the cooling trade winds blow with high consistency over the island's shores, namely from mid November to the end of June. But that does not mean the rest of the year couldn't be as good or even better. During the hurricane season which starts 1st of June all the way through to November all sorts of conditions are possible. The trades usually blow at a moderate wind speed.
Mostly used sails are 5.0 - 5.5 m2 followed by a sail size around 4.7 m2. But it definitely does not mean you should leave your 4.5 m2, 4.0 m2 or 3.5 m2 at home.
The waves in Barbados are by far not as mighty and powerful as in Hawaii, although they can reach mast high and above. They can be excellent quality waves and they are forgiving. Compared to Hawaiian waves, they are slower and not as powerful but as perfect to be good enough to let a top wave professional have a good time. On the other hand, wave beginners don't have to really fear anything. Get information from a local before your first ride out and you will be fine.
For Board rentals and spare parts, Brian Talma's shop at Silver Rock is the first address. Club Mistral is also represented with two stations, one in Silver Sands and one in Oistins, where the water is flat and suits intermediate surfers and beginners.
Brian Talma - Irie Man Windsurfing
Christ Church, Barbados
Tel: (246) 428-2866
Fax: (246) 428-3687
Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church
Tel: (246) 428-7277
Fax: (246) 420-8291