The spot to windsurf in Barbados is the area of Silver Sands, where the conditions are challenging yet forgiving and where circumstances are unbelievably convenient - and Inchcape is located right on the edge of Silver Sands beach. You only rig up once and store your equipment just a few steps from the water. Shower, shade, relaxation area, everything combined right at your house, right on the spot, which is so unique. We have made it possible for you to enjoy this luxury windsurfing experience at our gorgeous vacation home, Inchcape in Silver Sands, on the Caribbean island of Barbados. Sounds to good to be true?!? Maybe it does, but this dream will come true for you when you decide to come and stay with the people who discovered Silver Sands as a world-class wave windsurfing spot.
Rosi and Wolfgang, your hosts at the Inchcape Seaside Villas, were the first people to ever sail at Silver Sands' reef formations. Their team work, commitment and enthusiasm, Wolfgang as a windsurfer and World Cup competitor as well as a journalist for all major windsurfing publications and Rosi as a windsurfing photographer and judge in Waveriding World Cups, started the development which finally led to establish Silver Sands / Barbados in a high ranking position on the windsurfing world-map. And who could tell you more about the secrets of windsurfing in Barbados than the people who discovered this spot? Besides Hawaii, Barbados is one of the best wave windsurfing spots of the world. The chances of wind are high and the waves are perfect for jumping and wave riding in side shore winds. Not only wave cracks, speed freaks but beginners as well will find dream conditions in the 27°C warm waters of the South Coast on this most easterly situated Caribbean island.
The best time to spend your windsurfing vacation in Barbados is the period of time when the cooling trade winds blow with high consistency over the island's shores, namely from mid November until the end of June. But that does not mean the rest of the year couldn't be as good or even better. During the hurricane season, which starts in June and last all the way through to November all sorts of conditions are possible.
The trades usually blow at a moderate wind speed. Mostly used sails are 4.72 to 5.32. But it definitely does not mean you should leave your 4.52, 4.02 or even 3.52 at home.
The waves in Barbados are by far not as mighty and powerful as in Hawaii, although they can reach mast high and above. They are however of excellent quality while still forgiving. Compared to Hawaiian waves, they are slower and not as powerful but as perfect to be good enough to let a top wave professional have a good time. On the other hand, wave beginners don't have to fear anything. Get information from a local before your first ride out and you will be just fine.
To describe Silver Sands in one sentence: it is a wonderful spot for beginners and top guys alike.
Our sailable reefs and the beaches are never overcrowded because it's just too big for that. The wind is almost always coming in from an easterly direction, which is perfectly side shore. That means on the South coast you are sailing with the wind blowing from your left when going out (port-tack) and in the North and East of the island it's the other way round.
Brian Talma's action shop for board rentals and spare parts is located at Silver Rock beach, the beach next to Silver Sands Beach, and only a few minutes walk away from the Inchcape Seaside Villas.
When Rosi & Wolfgang started developing the sport of windsurfing in Barbados, they soon became aware of the potential of Silver Sands to become one of the most recognized wave windsurfing spots on earth. After the early days of windsurfing, the spot "Silver Sands" got it's first major boost when the two of them started to organize competitions, write articles on windsurfing in Barbados for magazines all over the world, had journalists and TV teams visit and that way promoted the spot they discovered, Silver Sands - Barbados.
After being involved in windsurfing in various ways from the recreational to the professional side of the sport, and after having travelled the world windsurfing on different continents and oceans, we can assure our readers and visitors, that Barbados is one of the most consistent windsurfing spots for both, wind and waves. Taken into consideration the accessibility, the ocean and air temperature, the turquoise and crystal clear water of our coral island, the friendliness of the people combined with an excellent infrastructure and last but not least the easy going and reggae feeling visitors are overwhelmed by, make Barbados a spot which deserves to a top ranking on each windsurfer's bucket list.