What's Your Next Surf Trip Going to Be?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by DawnPatrol321, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    what is the focus of your group? Things aren't great there right now.
     
  2. Sandbar18

    Sandbar18 Well-Known Member

    144
    Nov 22, 2009
    Mostly to just relax, maybe hit the waterfalls, rent SUP's, etc
     

  3. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    I dunno man...good luck I hope you find what you're looking for.
     
  4. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    Great wall diving... just saying.
     
  5. CJsurf

    CJsurf Well-Known Member

    Apr 28, 2014
  6. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    909
    Jul 13, 2016
    I think PR is straight, just south of PR like Ponce which I didn't really care for. I'd still go if I was you, Sandbar. Have fun, get after it
     
  7. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    909
    Jul 13, 2016
    a week away before i'm off to Barbados. Easterly winds are increasing to head/overhead. looks like south coast of freights & brandens with a chance of east coast Soup Bowl if the current isn't too strong. i've been kinda cranky the last couple weeks due to the midwinter blues, i'm gonna need this vaca badly
     
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  8. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Where dobypu fly into in Barbados. Is the surf consistent? Never been there..asking for a friend
     
  9. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    909
    Jul 13, 2016
    Bridgetown. it'll be my first time there hence the hype. it's the best car'bean island to surf at other than PR - what i've read and been told. i think from Miami it's usually $450 R/T. If you read a lot about it, which i have, urryone will tell you there's surf year round and somewhere on the island cuz it's the furthest out east and rides out different wind swells. Now i've made a map of all the spots i could find and heard about, it's probably around 60 spots in an island 15 miles east to west and 20 miles north to south. you just ride around and till you find a spot you wanna go in - and there's no DUI charge there so you can have fun while doing it
     
  10. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Man that sounds awesome my flights are always covered so that's good it seems like a pretty close strike from Florida. I'm starting to do a little research myself since I've never been there I got to check out the car rental situation because it sounds like having a car would be a necessity. Anyway man totally stoked for you and I don't blame you for being all hyped up. Go get your Surf and your drink on but just be careful
     
  11. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I'd say PR is probably the best in terms of size and quality... but not necessarily consistency. I guess it's a tradeoff... you can find a lot of islands with more consistent surf, but it won't be as good when it gets good. I'd agree that Barbados is one of those islands. But there are more...
     
  12. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    909
    Jul 13, 2016
    surf report from Barbados: The east coast was blown out with heavy easterly winds. Soup Bowl never happened, tho we decided to ride up just to see if it was plausible because ppl have said it can be- but this time no way in hell. We didn't have a GPS, problem #1, so we went off the paper map and found Barry's surf shop. We knew the size was increasing throughout our trip; didn't know there was a 3 day min to rent boards- f'n bogus by the way. I got a 9' firewire and buddy got a 8'6 Torq. Freights wasn't going off, so we went a tad further down to South Point where it was waist to chest. Actually, South Point was where it was at all wknd n localism is live and well there tho they're not hardasses bout it. The next day we were up by Holetown, so we decided to find Maycocks and Duppies. Both really hard to find so let me help somewhat - Duppies is down a dirt road where cattle are roped up (almost looks like someone's driveway) and then down a trail from the top point - and it's a slippery slope, tough for carrying boards down. It was chopped up tho with good size and when talking to one guy up there (all old gringos know where to surf fyi), he said the current is strong - best to swim up north parrellel to cove then venture into the waves. Maycocks was sheltered, and it's down the road of a shop with picnic tables outside. Once down that road, take the last left and an open lot is on right side where you can park. The trail splits but both sides work. Just a lil northern swell will make Maycocks work despite everybody out there saying it works only 6x a year, which i call Bullsht. Surfers will pull up once they see you park, which was the case everywhere we went and in fact what one old gringo said would happen. We scored chest hi waves on the northern end, long 100 yard righty peelers. We say ppl when we were unloading and when we were leaving that it was better up that way, but all bout 10 of them went the opposite way - anyhow, we made it look good - and was easily my fav session. That Thurs evening - Barry's closed so we stuck with it - we took on freights' waist hi's which were somewhat forgettable. Next morning we switched - i got a 6'2 Al Merrick Rocket Nine and buddy got a smaller 6' Hayden Shape. South point again was going off - this time closer to head hi. Crowded. Lotta good surfers. Crowded. Had a great session, even got a yeww from a local i saw several times out n bout on a overhead righty pigdoggin screamer. Made it to Brandens that evening where it was the bluest of all places and also as consistent as South Point. That was my buddy's best session, and just incredible ppl out there - beach set up kinda reminded us of Dominicalito, CR. Finally, we got done with Barry's (by the way, the guy was nice but board selection not so much) and took it to Dread or Dead surf shop. I picked out a 7'5 brazilian poly board with quad set up and pintail, cuz my arms were getting tired and this bouy got some range.. Owner really liked the board and kept trying to get me an epoxy SouthPoint - and i flat out refused. It was a good choice on my part - and the son said the same. Buddy went with a shorty, can't remember what, and then switched back to a longer 7'6 Al Merrick cuz by Saturday the waves were going down. It was a mix btwn Freights, South Point and Brandens - all along the South Coast - that Sat and Sun sessions as that's what the winds commanded. All in all, we set out what we wanted to do. Expectations were met but also different. Buddy and I both agreed, Barbados could be revisited 15 years down the road but it's worth checking out. Thanks to the fellas here providing some key info. I'll provide pics and more of the other aspects beyond surfing, but i'm 400 emails back here at work. At least i got a purty tan
     
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  13. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    That's a great post and thanks fir the updates on spots. Would you say it's the second best surf spot in the Caribbean?
     
  14. UnfurleD

    UnfurleD Well-Known Member

    909
    Jul 13, 2016
    i wouldn't mind hitting up some more islands in the process, but like PR has its westside &northside - Barbados has its southside and eastside. It makes sense
     
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  15. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    I just got approval for 3 weeks in CR starting on thanksgiving.
     
  16. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Sounds like the best thanksgiving ever!
     
  17. Sandbar18

    Sandbar18 Well-Known Member

    144
    Nov 22, 2009
    PR: All of the surf areas (NW coast) are in good shape and did not seem to have any impact by the recent quakes.

    Nice Barbados report. I spent about a week there last year. Caught a good north swell - Duppies was big, and Maycocks was perfect head/oh. Not too crowded either.

    I did manage to get on soup bowls once - it was fairly clean, and it is a heavy waves.
    South coast when I was there was waist high.

    Unique island, fun and would go back. Jetblue flys direct from JFK.

    BTW, travel trick...if you use GoogleMaps for navigation, you can start it when you have WiFi (hotel or restaurant), then go into airplane mode if you don't have data and google maps will still work for a single destination or if you think ahead and lace out different spots.
     
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  18. desandan

    desandan Well-Known Member

    193
    Feb 12, 2013
    Barbados is a cool bucket list spot but PR is overall way better imo
     
  19. antoine

    antoine Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    still lining up that mexico trip looks like april
     
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  20. ukelelesurf

    ukelelesurf Well-Known Member

    393
    Apr 25, 2007
    Nice!

    Simple tip for unfurled and anybody really. No need to ever be stuck w/o GPS. There are apps w downloadable maps. You don't need a cell signal it just runs off your phones GPS and will work anywhere in the world. Just have to download the map before the trip. It's what I have used a bunch of times in Mex to drive all the way down to Oaxaca. It will even show you where you are when you get off mapped roads so you can tell if you are still driving towards the coast etc. Have found a bunch of epic unknown waves this way (and struck out way more ( : ) Also used it on a moto trip over the himalayas and the last trip in Portugal. Works w/o fail. The best one I've found is called MAPS.me but YYMV. You can drop pins on it too to save your spots, good hotels, unposted roads, etc....check it>
     
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