Surfing in Barbados

Photo compliment the Barados Surfing Association


If you are a surfer, surf enthusiast or you just generally love outdoor events then you should visit Barbados for the PEG Independence Surf Festival for the ultimate Barbados getaway! All paths lead to the iconic “mushroom rock” at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba where the action will take place from November 6th – 11th 2018. If you’ve never visited, then put aside any thoughts that you may have about the rugged beauty of the east coast. Unlike the polished west and south coasts of Barbados, a visit to Soup Bowl is like no other.  Known mainly for surfing, a drive down to the east coast evokes the feeling of being lost in a rugged paradise.


Surfing in Barbados

Photo compliment the Barados Surfing Association


This competition will be one of the largest ever as Surf Promotions Barbados Limited has joined forces with the Barbados Surfing Association who is celebrating its 35th year of hosting surfing contests in Barbados. The Festival is made up of 3 surf contests combined. The World Surf League (WSL) North American Region Live Like Zander JQS 1000 Boys and Girls in memory of Zander Venezia, this event is critical to see who will qualify for the World Junior Championships 2018 held in Taiwan. The WSL Thomo QS 1000 Men in Memory of Bill Thomson with the WSL North American regional title on the line, which is a fast track to the QS10000s along the TSL Independence Pro Started by Peter Corbin and Bill Thomson which will show case an Open men’s, Open Women’s, and the Global Juniors under 16 and under 12 Juniors Division. This diverse event not only focuses on surfing however. Expect entertainment, lots of eats and what all Bajans love – a good party! The PEG Lifestyle Village will offer Healthy Foods, Drinks and ideas to a better fulfillment of the body mind and soul.  Get excited to experience thrilling party nights between  Nov 8th – 11th – every night.  See schedule below!

Party Nights:

Thursday, November 8thParty the night away at the ECO Lifestyle & Lodge for some acoustics Jams and lots of eats and drinks.

Friday, November 9th –  The party starts at soup bowl bay at Round House, Barbados for BATHSHEBA ROCKS event! No cover / come as you are (shoes optional) BBQ, flowing drinks, friends, live music and a laid back lounge vibe are all on deck.

Saturday, November 10th promises a beach party with the crowning of the Thomo QS1000 Champion as well a sundowner party with live entertainment.

Sunday, November 11th Bear witness to the crowning of the remaining Champions for the Live Like Zander JQS 1000 Boys and Girls, the TSL Independence Pro Open men’s, Open Women’s, and the Global Juniors under 16 and under 12 Juniors. This is followed by a farewell and thank you dinner with live entertainment, drink specials and delectable food at the Atlantis Hotel.


Need a place to stay or looking for a great recommendation for a Barbados vacation rental? Check out our website for a best-in-class selection of beachfront or inland luxury villa rentals. Get inspired by the excitement of surfing and contact our Concierge team at Blue Sky Luxury to book your surfing lessons. Have fun and get the entire family involved! Some of our favourite schools are Barry’s Surf School, Zed’s Surfing Adventures, Boosy’s Surf School and Burkie’s Surf School.

Below is one of our best reviews for Burkie’s Surf School!

“As soon as we arrived (at Burkie’s Surf School) we received a very warm welcome from Alan and the team and were put at ease. After a brief run through on land we headed out expecting to spend the day being thrown off the boards (out of six of us only one had tried surfing before). Jason and Jacob were incredibly patient with us, giving us individual tips on where we were going wrong. The buzz when you feel the power under the board is amazing and we were astounded when we actually managed to stand up. After the first go you are instantly hooked and can’t wait to get out again. Personally, this was the best experience I had in Barbados and I can’t recommend it enough. A huge thanks to Alan, Jason and Jacob and if we’re ever back in Barbados again we’ll be booking it up straight away.”

–   Karen, October 2016