With a unique mixture of English traditions and Caribbean style, you’ll likely get blown off the water on a 5 meter at least once during a stay in Barbados.
This purely tropical island is quite pristine and luxurious. Even the "budget" lodging options are fairly nice.
While there are several kite spots, the most popular at Silver Rock can get really crowded. Rent a car and find your own private kiteboarding launch area.
- General Info
- Wind Trends
- Travel Tips
General Info - Baja, Mexico Kiteboarding
Even with plenty of white sand and beautiful flat water areas, true kiting is found on the southern coast and is often filled with heavy current, reef,and shore break. However, if you’re a confident kiter, explore around you’ll get stoked on the reef breaks, huge waves, cliffs, and sea tortoises.
Grab your surf board as Barbados rules Caribbean waves. Check out Surfer’s Point for great surfing and kiting. Or, head to Bathsheeba in a Moke for a truly tropical drop in.
Wind Trends, Speeds, & Seasonal Conditions
Fall / Winter / Spring boasts steady warm trade winds averaging 15-25 kts
Summer typically relys on strong frontal storm activity
Best winds are found mid-November through June when the trade winds blow heavily. The rainy / hurricane season runs the rest of the year.
Barbados winds usually offer two daily kiting sessions. In the morning from about 8am till noon, the winds build into the 15-25 knot range. Often, the wind dies off from noon till late afternoon. Around 4pm, they pick back up as the sun sets and you'll get another two hours of kiteboarding.
A windy day could mean gridlock in the popular southern launch areas, with gobs of international kiteboarders and windsurfers. Launch, shoot through the crowds and head straight to the reef for ‘deAction!’
Strong northeast currents will kill your power on the hot southern kiteboarding beaches. That, along with low density warm winds, may have you rigging a kite size larger.
When fronts come through, which is often, they tend to push 30-50 knot winds. We were blown off the water on 5m kites several days.
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Barbados Kiteboarder travel tips
- Get stoked on Kiteboarding DVD featuring Barbados: 13 Daze
- Bring plenty of gear and spare parts. The local schools / shops have very limited supplies.
- Rent a car and drive up the east coast. You'll stumble across many "blue lagoon" tropical paradises where you're all alone.
- Take your GPS The local maps and road signs can be confusing.
- Smile to the people Barbados is so hot, many living there full time look like their all in bad moods...they're not. They're simply hot and trying to keep from getting any hotter by keeping a relaxed "sullen" face. Make conversation and you'll make friends.
- Just be polite and say no In some areas, especially in the south, there are many "friends" who want to help you have a good time with Mary or Charlie. These drug dealers are con artists and thrive off selling crap to party wanna be tourists. They will stop bugging you if you merely tell them you're an athlete in training or have to take drug tests. Whatever you do, do not invite them into you personal space.
- You haven't been to Barbados unless you've been to Chicken Ritas This small family owned diner offers the best chicken and chips you'll likely ever have.
- Enjoy the island time Life here takes a super slow pace. Things like getting gas can take up to an hour. No one is in a rush, nor do they care about time. And, neither should you!
- Watch for international kiters We found most kiteboarders were from France, Italy, and Slavic nations. These international riders tend to have much different kite ethics and customs than us Americans. Don't be surprised if someone uses your beached kite as a landing target (wind break).
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