The Silver Rock spot, on the Silver Rock beach with the same name, right in front of the Silver Point Hotel is the kitesurfing spot in Barbados. Barbados actually has two or three kitesurfing spots but the main and most noteworthy is undoubtedly Silver Rock which is just a stone's throw from Silver Sand, the other most popular spot on the island.
Lo spot di Silver Rock è LO SPOT DI KITESURF DI BARBADOS e si trova nella punta sud di Barbados, nella parrocchia (così si chiamano le suddivisioni territoriali di Barbados) di Christ Church, a sud dell'aereoporto. La cittadina più vicina è Oistinsis, ma non mancano le possibilità di alloggiare a Silver Sand o perfino direttamente sullo spot di Silver Rock. Trovare lo spot è facilissimo, a differenza di altre spiagge a Barbados. Arrivando da Oistinsis, superate prima Silver Sand, dopodichè vedrete sulla destra il parcheggio del De Action Beach Shop con il bar, la scuola e gli appartamenti di Brian Talma, pluripremiato campione di Windsurf che ha fatto di questo angolo di paradiso la sua casa... Costeggiatelo e vi ritroverete sullo spot.
The beach of Silver Rock is a beach of white and thin sand, quite wide and surrounded by greenery and overlooked by some hotels and schools. The tip to the north of the beach is rocky, while downwind, just a few steps away and within walking distance is the Silver Sand beach.
The Silver Rock spot is well exposed to the trade winds that typically blow from the east, north-east and then side, side-off. The winter months are those during which the wind is stronger and blows with an intensity that is generally between 15 and 25 knots. In summer, on the other hand, the wind tends to be lighter and arrive more from the south east, but it is not excluded that it can give good conditions for kitesurfing, especially in July.
When the wind blows more from the ground it is very prickly. In this case, try to raise the kite as close as possible to the shore, always keeping the sail towards the water and run towards the sea quickly. After the first hundred meters in general, the wind stretches and it happens that outside it is beautiful, strong and tense, even if on the shore a leaf does not move.
At sea, at a distance varying between two hundred and four hundred meters from the shore, the reef unwinds on which the waves rise. Inside the reef flat water or a little chop ideal for freestylers and beginners, on the reef the waves that made this spot so famous. Beautiful lefts with a variable height between 1 and 3 meters, smoothed by the slightly side off sell ... practically a paradise for all Goofy !
Despite the presence of the reef and despite the fact that the waves can also be impressive, Silver Rock remains a safe spot, where even waveriding beginners can become familiar and practice. This is because even at low tide there is always enough water above the reef, and even in the event of a refraction in the waves there is no risk. Moreover, the very presence of the reef guarantees the regularity and predictability of the waves, so those who don't feel like surfing will have no trouble avoiding them!
Along the reef there are various peaks that offer the best conditions depending on the tide. A good peak with often higher and faster waves is upwind of the Silver Rock beach, while in front of Silver Sand generally the longest waves are formed. Downwind, however, the wind is often very punctured and gusty and it is necessary to be very careful not to fall too far down because in the event of a sudden drop the last useful beach to return is the rescue beach ... after all they are rocks and reefs up to the freight bay, but it's a nice swim over there!
Tips for your kitetrip in Barbados:
The best hours to enjoy the most tense wind and especially the least crowding in the water are almost always those of the morning. Thanks to the time zone, you won't have any problems getting up early, so take advantage of it and try to make the first edges around 7am. Even the sunset is another top moment ...
Beware of precedence in the most crowded moments and to windsurfing (there are no separate areas for windsurfing and kitesurfing).
In Barbados there are some kitesurfing and hiring schools, including one right on the spot. However, try to bring everything you need and in particular at least one kit to repair the sails and the boards. Repairs made by locals are generally quite rough and very expensive, so if you can do it yourself it is often better.
To whom I recommend it
Barbados is an ideal destination for all wave lovers, whether they are kitesurfing or surfing, or a paddle. Everyone will be able to find waves suited to their level, their style and above all their sport.
In all honesty, I would not recommend Barbados to kitesurf beginners or those who would like to take their beginner course here. Not that it is impossible for a beginner to learn or go out here, I simply believe there are more suitable Caribbean islands. Then if your choice falls on Barbados anyway, I doubt that anyone could still regret a holiday here: the heat, the crystal-clear water and the relaxed atmosphere alone are worth the holiday!
Why not recommend it to a beginner: the Silver Rock beach is not very large and often sub-wind the wind is weak or gusty so practicing sailing on the ground is not easy. Whoever is at the first edges has the sea available up to the reef which is practically a lagoon, however this space is not very wide and if you drift a lot you can end up on the rocks or in small beaches from which to re-enter you have to work a little climbing along the coast on small rocky paths.
For all those who love kitesurfing, this is the right destination , a must try at least once. Beautiful lefts that unroll as far as the eye can see on the reef, but always with enough water on it so as not to be a dangerous spot.
When to leave
The months that correspond to our winter are typically the best months for a kite trip to Barbados, then from December to March. This does not mean that it is useless to come here at other times of the year. Even the summer and the month of July in particular usually offer good conditions for kitesurfing, as well as spring. Except that according to statistics, December, January and February are the TOP months.
Where to sleep
The Silver Rock area is not one of the most beautiful on the island. There are some not bad accommodations directly on the spot or within walking distance, but you will be practically in nothingness ... no walking in the evening or anything else. The area of ???
Absolutely essential for exploring the island, especially with surf and kite equipment in tow. Keep in mind that cars are expensive and in short supply so it is good to book them in time. Hiring from local people saves, but okkio to the insurance because usually the local cars do not have it. The Italian license must be converted, an operation that can be done directly from the car rental or from a local office at a cost of around 10 Dollars BBD.
And if there is no wind?
In Barbados the possibilities for other sports besides kitesurfing are not lacking. The surf first of all. In Barbados it is possible to find waves for everyone, whether you have never tried before, whether you are a professional. There are tablet waves, longboard waves, waves from Stand up paddle ... you will be spoiled for choice.
In addition to surfing, snorkeling is also widespread thanks to the possibility of swimming with turtles or exploring submerged wrecks.
Out of the water then you can explore the island and of course its famous rum distilleries!
For more info I suggest you also read the story of our trip to Barbados
Pubblicato il 27 gennaio 2019 | Blog > Spot: KITESURF