SURFING BARBADOS – with Barbados Surf Trips.
Melanie Pitcher, of Barbados Surf Trips, is a dear name to many. Visitors have learned to associate her with sunshine, azurblue water and beautiful surf waves. The reviews on Tripadvisor speak for themselves – this is a lady dedicated to surfing and sharing her passion with those around her.
All in all, the perfect recipe for what Melanie does for a living – plan surf trips in paradise aka. Barbados. What a great job, ey?!
– We had the pleasure of exchanging some friendly words with Melanie, and hear a bit about her surf trip company: Barbados Surf Trips.
Aloha Barbados Surf Trips! Please tell us a bit about yourself.
BST: I run Barbados Surf Trips as a sole proprietorship. I have been helping surfers plan and enjoy their surf trips to Barbados since 1996. From 1996-2004 and owned and operated a surf camp at Soup Bowl on the East coast. Then after that I started BST where i offer surf trip for all levels of surfers and all budgets. I have been surfing for 18 years and represented Barbados at a few World Surfing Games in 98, 200, and 2002. Surfing is my life!!
Where on Barbados does one find BST? What are the local attractions?
BST: I actually work from home. I am a singe mother of 2 kids, Darian and Kelsey who are also good surfers. I go to where the waves are best each day and deliver board rentals to clients, meet them at the airport, visit them at their accommodations. Im on the road and in the water alot! and when im not im on the computer helping clients plan their trip to Barbados.
How is the surf on Barbados? Could you give us a description on the surf spots you have on the island?
BST: We have great waves all over the island. East coast is best from July-December when the hurricanes pass and the winds are typically lighter. East also gets good on North swells in the winter as long as the wind is light. But if it isn’t light and its onshore, its off shore somewhere!. The West coast is consistent from December through April when the North swells make their way down from the USA. The South coast is VERY consistent December-June. On the West coast and South coast there are so many waves that are good for beginner-Advanced surfers. The East coast is mostly for advanced surfers except in the Summertime (June-November) in between swells when its small and clean. for more info on surf spots visit http://surfbarbados.micromaps.com/
What is the best thing about Barbados?
BST: Warm water and lots of Sunshine! also its very laid back but at the same time there is lots to do and see.
Surf. Sleep. Eat?Which 3 restaurants would you recommend in Barbados?
BST: There are so many good restaurants its hard to choose. YOu can eat cheap and local or expensive and exquisite. If i go out to eat i go in between…Mojo’s or Cafe Sol.
Where can Superstoked readers and followers find out more about Barbados Surf Trips?
If you are ever in Barbados and need a surf trip planned… you know who to call – MELANIE @ Barbados Surf Trips! 😀
– Interview by Alexander Van Dorph