As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Surfing in Antigua

Coming to surf.

Coming to surf.

I haven’t surfed in twenty years. And I haven’t surfed well ever. But after so many years of believing I couldn’t try surfing because my contact lenses would pop out and I wouldn’t be able to see a blessed thing … I just happened to bump into a old surfer today who said that he had no trouble with his contacts popping out … and that if mine did pop out that he would give me a ride home so I wouldn’t have to drive blind. That was all the encouragement I needed. I grabbed the board he loaned me and headed in past the breaking surf.

Despite having skateboarded for a lifetime when much younger and still having that board balance … I still wasn’t able to stand up on the board today. But man … having the opportunity to be out there in the surf just trying to catch my balance in the midst of the huge natural power of the waves … it was beautiful. I would even say that it was in a way spiritual. There were so many other surfers that were more experienced and that could have been an insecurity that I focused on … but in the moment when each wave came there was no room to focus on what skills anyone else had and what skills I didn’t have … there was only room to focus on and be grateful for my own ride.

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7 comments on “Surfing in Antigua

  1. very cool….

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  2. Russell on said:

    Nice Shots !! Hopefully there will be more days like that soon..

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  3. Where is this, and where can I hook up with surfers on the island. I just moved to Lightfoot, and I work in the city, but I miss the surf from Oahu already. Hope to hear from you soon!

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    AndyEWilliams Reply:

    One of the best places is Galley Bay. There are also a couple of other places that you can find out about if you talk to local surfers you meet there.

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  4. TravelGirl305 on said:

    Andy, Is that Galley Bay the resort? Is there any other surfing spots in Antigua worth checking out? I take anuary or February are better months for Surf?

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    AndyEWilliams Reply:

    For more info on surfing and kite-surfing talk to Jake Kelsick on http://jakekelsick.com/. He's a local surfer and kitesurfer, and is also just a nice guy. He can tell you everything about getting started.

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  5. coscione on said:

    hello I am coscione from Italy and coming to antigua next monday.
    Iam a free surfers and I wuold like if there are any spots around your island .please send me some information on my personal email Flavio.argenti@gmail.com
    I would like to know if it is possible to rent a surf board in this island. I wil stay in the coco bay resort and a would like rent a car to come surf some day…I leave the island the 22 march please contact me as soon as possible.
    thanks
    flavio

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