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    Thanks for all of the details. Your guide sounds awesome. This sounds like my next trip!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    Thanks for all of the details. Your guide sounds awesome. This sounds like my next trip!:
    My pleasure.

    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.

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    Thumbs up one last ting, mon

    Superb surf guide Melanie Pitcher's contact info:
    Phone 246-262-1099
    email: info@barbadossurftrips.com
    http://www.surfbarbados.com/

    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.)

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    read about her operation in the nyt a while back. sounds first class:

    http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/29...9barbados.html

  5. #15
    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

  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by yankee View Post
    You're spot-on, we did get lucky with Freights.

    I was in Barbados last year, in early 2010, for the first time & Freights was the beginner/lessons break the entire time. On that first trip, we would drive to Soup, Duppies & Maycocks. So it was great to drive only 10 mins from condo to Freights.

    The first couple days were big, then it started mellowing out by the last two days. We're still kicking ourselves for not bringing the camera out the first couple days. We were so hyped to get in the water that we ran out the door each day & left the camera in th condo. By the time we started taking pics it was the last day - - and we only took pics cause we weren't in the water quite as much as days 1&2.

    BTW, in 2010 I thought Duppies was spooky as hell with those cliffs & currents. Come to find out, after we got back from the 2010 trip, that it's also known for being sarky. But Maycocks was superb (last year's trip). Never tried Sandy Lane....
    Yeah I was always alone I don't think I would make the paddle out to Duooies alone. It is a hike and gets huge out there. I also heard it is really sharky apparently there is or was a chicken processing plant out in that area so the waste would flow into the oceann. Apparently the sharks would hang out in that area to eat up the remains so it is the perfect place to swim! I don;t worry too much about sharks in the carribean they wont bother you but if you were swimming in chicken blood maybe it's different. I caught Maycock's unreal but unfortabtely took a board to the face which broke my nose and popped a bone out of my face so that put a damper on the session. Anyway I love Barbados tons of little spots to hit ocne you get the lay of the island and always plenty of swell from my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krummy View Post
    Yeah I was always alone I don't think I would make the paddle out to Duooies alone. It is a hike and gets huge out there. I also heard it is really sharky apparently there is or was a chicken processing plant out in that area so the waste would flow into the oceann. Apparently the sharks would hang out in that area to eat up the remains so it is the perfect place to swim! I don;t worry too much about sharks in the carribean they wont bother you but if you were swimming in chicken blood maybe it's different. I caught Maycock's unreal but unfortabtely took a board to the face which broke my nose and popped a bone out of my face so that put a damper on the session. Anyway I love Barbados tons of little spots to hit ocne you get the lay of the island and always plenty of swell from my experience.
    Jeeeeezus.........Didn't know about the chicken plant. Shark heaven.

    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 !