Bahamas Surfing Conditions and Forecast: April 2015

Author sneaks into a little, shallow one this winter. PHOTO CREDIT: Liz Heiberg-Glucksmann.
Author sneaks into a little, shallow one this winter. PHOTO CREDIT: Liz Heiberg-Glucksmann.

April and May bring warmer water and that means the beginning of the end of the winter swell pattern. But hey, don’t put away that big-wave board just yet. Both months can deliver swells packing some punch, and May has kicked off tropical storm season a few times in recent years so be on the lookout for those always-fun swell events.

You can go ahead and put away the wetsuit. By the middle of May water temps will be into the 80s and climbing. April, and even May, we’ll still expect some north swells and those usually have some size, but generally be prepared for more stuff in the waist-to-head high range.

Wind direction can be more favorable this time of year, but that means nada unless there’s nice swell lines wrapping into your favorite island breaks. Eleuthera and Abaco, the two more known surf destinations of the archipelago, are known because they’ll be some of the only islands picking up the small swell as well as, of course, the bigger swells.

“Groveller” boards are always good to have on hand this time of year. And come see us for longboard or stand-up paddleboard (newly in stock) rentals.

As always respect the locals and pray for surf!

Oh, spots still remain for BOA’s Surf Camp X—yes, our tenth annual begins June 22. Check our website for more details. A great introduction for Bahamians to get into the sport of kings, as well as visitors.

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