Recently a friend of mine invited me to go with him on a surf trip to Guadeloupe.
“Do you know where it is?” he asked.
“Mexico?” I replied.
My friend laughed and smiled at my common, yet completely incorrect response.
Guadeloupe is a French territory in the southern Caribbean, sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Island. The water is warm, the waves are fun, and the people are surprisingly friendly. Guadeloupe already has a relatively developed surf scene, but it is comprised almost entirely of locals and Europeans. Right now, it’s completely off the radar to most American surfers – but that is all about to change. The government is actively courting American surf tourism.
I had a chance to travel and surf in Guadeloupe this season. It’s probably one of the closest and most accessible surf destinations from the East Coast that you’ve never heard of. Here are a few shots from the trip.
If you are in NYC this weekend, check out Surf Gwada! presented by Guadeloupe Islands at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on Saturday August 22nd. These photos and others will be on display. Free planters punch at 7pm!