Whether it is serenity or excitement you seek, Barbados has a watersport activity for everyone. The island offers excellent conditions for sailing and a huge fleet of vessels from which to choose from sleek, luxurious mega-catamarans, to the smaller, more intimate 'take-it-easy' sailing cruises.
Over the years, Barbados has gained world wide recognition as the perfect destination for action packed water sports, with international class surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing already well-established. Some of Barbados' top ranked surfers now offer round-the-island surfing tours to all of the island's best breaks.
Visit the popular Silver Sands Beach to see kite-surfing or wind-surfing.
Surfing in Barbados
Barbados, located 13.1 North and 59.9 West is the most easterly of all the Caribbean islands. This location makes us open to every bit of weather activity that generates a swell. A Swell is the term Surfers use to describe a wave that is coming in and it is usually generated by a low or high pressure system, tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. During the winter months of October to April snow systems that move off the Northeastern seaboard of the USA into the North Atlantic push large and powerful swells to our west, north and east coast. In a “nut shell” you can surf in Barbados almost every day in the year. There is surf for all levels: beginners, social, competitive and World Champions!
The most ideal spot in the Caribbean and probably the world to learn to surf is on our South to South –East coast of Barbados. Burkies Surf School located at Ocean Spray Beach Apartments, Surfer’s Point, Inch Marlow is situated in this area. There are four surfing spots here; Long Beach to the east, Surfer’s Point, South Point and Freight’s Bay to the west are all within a 2 mile radius. All are world class surf spots for learning, with Freight’s Bay probably the best to learn to surf. However quite often depending on the weather system the South coast can receive large swells and can become an advance surfer’s dream.
The east coast where the world’s famous “Soup Bowl” at Bathsheba is located is the most consistent on the island, producing rideable waves almost every day. However due to the North East Trade winds that blow all year, which blows side to onshore on this coast makes conditions bumpy most days.
The fifty-seventy five days a year that the wind swings out of the south –southwest and with a 3-15 North to Northeast swell running creates the most amazing waves found anywhere in the world. This makes Barbados the ideal playground for the world’s best surfers, including ten time World Champ Kelly Slater who stated in his autobiography “Pipe Dreams” that “Soup Bowl” is his fourth most favorite wave in the world, and on Feb 4th 2005 catching Soup Bowl at its all time best, Slater said “it was the best day of surfing in my life”.
Alan started surfing in 1979 at the age of 9 at Burke's Beach and competed for the 1st time in 1984 at Soup Bowl Bathsheba. He represented Barbados at 8 World Surfing Games (Olympics of surfing), which is more than any other surfer in the World and the only surfer to place in the top ten in three different divisions . Competing professionally for 6 years full time and 3 years part time, on the Association of Surfing Professionals East Tour with great success, winning the prestigious East Coast Surfing Championships Virginia Beach and NKF/Ron Jon Cocoa Beach back to back in 1991 finishing 2nd overall on the ASP East Tour and taking part in World Tour events between 1988-1990 with success.
In 1994 won the Natural Art $10,000US Top Dog at the Bowl Pro. National Junior Champion 1985-1987 and National Champion 7 times. Senior National Champion 8 times and Long Board National Champion 10 times. Surfer of the year in open, long board, & Senior Men’s 1994, 1995, 1996, and open, long board in 2003. Won 3 Pro Long Board Events.
Surfed and competed in Australia, Brazil, California, Costa Rica, England, France, Guadeloupe, Japan, Margarita, Niijima, Puerto Rico, Portugal, entire East Coast of Florida, North Carolina, Cape Hatteras, New Jersey, Hawaii, Trinidad, Tobago, South Africa (Durban) and Venezuela.
Alan Burke is one of the most successful surfers in the Caribbean and the most successful in Barbados. A lifelong surfer and ardent competitor, multiple and present Barbados Champion and hardcore athlete, he began giving lessons casually, and then decided to share his love of the sport by establishing the school. He is now fulfilling his dream and true love of teaching the sport that made his life.
Burkie's Surf School @ Ocean Spray Beach Apartments primary aim is to expose the youth and young at heart to the wonderful and unique sport of surfing. We have several tuition packages to cater to any age and skill level. We also offer transportation packages to and from hotels, schools and private residences. Our location on the beautiful Surfer’s Point @ Inch Marlow on the South Coast of Barbados provides the ideal setting for on location lessons and accommodation, you walk a short 150 meters to the surf or a central location for quick access to the most favorite surf spots on the South Coast.
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