Thanks for all of the details. Your guide sounds awesome. This sounds like my next trip!:
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Thread: Barbados surf trek 2011
Jan 21, 2011, 09:53 AM #11Member
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Jan 21, 2011, 12:48 PM #12
BTW, guys, you drive on the left in Barbados. A remnant from their colonial Brit days. Makes for a few interesting moments if you've never done it before. Specifically, that right turn out of a side road onto a main road: you have to go over the oncoming traffic from your right & then make your right turn into the flow. My buddy riding shotgun would spit out a few "left!" yelps every once in awhile. Esp if we'd had a few Banks beers...
The other thing is that your depth perception over your front left is off. From your driver's spot on the right side, the 'feel' of the vehicle to the left side is very new, just thrown off, & you may make the acquaintance of that curb once in awhile. But all in all, the drivers are very courteous & the left side driving is just a cool flavor of surf travel.
Someone asked about where I fly from...
I go out of DCA (National), through MIA on AA. DCA is 10 mins from my house, IAD is 45 mins, BWI just sux due to traffic. DCA is always cheaper than ORF, so my friends drive up from VB the night before & we get to DCA very early the next morning for the day's first southbound flight to Miami.
BTW, I have found that it is always best to take the earliest possible flight from DCA to MIA. In this case the 605am & not the 700am or the 8am. Reason being, if AA scrubs a flight that you're on from DCA, then you have a shot at still making it to MIA & to your connection to Bridgetown (BGI).
I learned this the hard way a few years ago: my 8am to MIA was scrubbed due to a mechanical issue. I had a connection to Medellin from MIA. Well, AA could get me to MIA later in that day, but there was no way they could get me on a same-day flight to MDE. So, I ended up going home & return the next day to go out the next morning on the 6am bird. I lost an entire day of the trip due to this. If I had been on the 6am from DCA, instead of the the 8am, I would have made my connection to MDE because AA would have stashed me on the 0700 flight.
Pardon the run-on sentences, but maybe this is info that you can use.
Jan 21, 2011, 12:59 PM #13
one last ting, mon
Superb surf guide Melanie Pitcher's contact info:
Very reasonable rates. She will save you a ton of wasted time driving around the island searching for which breaks are going off. You can have her join you for a day or several days. She's great with kids if you bring yours, 'cause she's a mom of 2 (and her kids surf well) & she is a superb surfer.
Melanie has high-quality boards for rent, as well if you want to leave your gear home. Very pleasant, low-key & professional person who will put you on the breaks that you want for your ability. You want 10' Soup or mellow South Point, she will get you there. Highly recommended.
(I have no ties to Melanie's operation. I simply always believe in putting the word out to fellow surfers when I encounter someone who is passionate about providing awesome levels of service for your hard-earned money.)
Jan 21, 2011, 02:19 PM #14
I was in Barbados in November and would definitely agree that Melanie Pitcher is a great guide. She took me out on the west coast at Freyer's Well. I'd also recommend Russell from Dread or Dead, I spent an afternoon at Batt's Rock and Brandons with him
Jan 21, 2011, 04:05 PM #16Member
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Jan 21, 2011, 09:38 PM #17
We just had really bad vibes @ Duppies & decided no way were we gonna surf there again. Odd how that works, eh? Even 'men of science' tell ocean-goers that if you have a bad feeling in the water, trust it, And get the heck out. They can't explain it, but they will tell you that you had best honor it....
Maycock's was tremendous when we were there in 2010, I hear ya on the perfect conditions.
Bottom line: Barbados will have swell on your trip. Somewhere on that island it will be lighting up (but better to avoid summer due to higher flatness possibilities & unreal scorching sun).
Superb destination !