Jamaica is one of the Carribbean Islands known for its laidback Rastafarian spirit, but this island has also much to offer adventure-seeking travellers. From climbing cascading waterfalls with your bare hands to exploring underwater plane wrecks, or even surfing the waves.
Why not go surfing in Jamaica?
It’s not the first place you’d consider bringing your stick, but Jamaica is one of a good handful of Caribbean islands with decent surf. Boston Bay, near Port Antonio, is the most popular (and picturesque) spot for beginners to intermediates, while further south towards Kingston, breaks including The Ranch, Makka, Copa and Lighthouse draw more advanced surfers. Jamnesia, Jamaica’s only surf camp, is located in Bull Bay. Its home break is Zoo, but a surf shuttle is also available to other spots. The best swells arrive between December and March, but some breaks also work from July to September.
The Makka Pro Surfing Contest has been maintained as a top quality professional event and has generated publicity of Jamaica’s potential as a Surfing destination. With a large group of dedicated spectators, this event has become a staple on the Jamaican events calendar and promises to be nothing but exciting.
Hundreds of spectators turned out for the ninth staging of Jamaica’s premier international surfing Makka Pro and the after party at the Makka beach in Southhaven, Yallahs, St Thomas.
The event format had the open and junior division surfers having to battle through four gruelling rounds of heats in order to make the finals. Saturday saw 11 heats of the first two rounds in both divisions. Conditions were challenging, with four to five-feet surf and a stiff on-shore wind creating a lot of surface chop for the surfers to contend with.
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