Bahamas Surfing Conditions and Forecast: May 2016

Katherine Kennedy visiting Surfer’s Beach caught a nice glassy  left. PHOTO CREDIT: Liz Heiberg-Glucksmann.
Katherine Kennedy visiting Surfer’s Beach caught a nice glassy left. PHOTO CREDIT: Liz Heiberg-Glucksmann.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ay brings the heat and if we’re lucky some late-arriving north swells. Oh yes, by the fifth month of the year the hot weather is already settled on our ‘Islands in the Stream.’ Be prepared for bugs a-biting at night and during the beautiful sunsets seen in the early summer skies.

Waves come in bunches or sometimes not at all. The bunches result from the aforementioned late-season cold fronts and (possibly) early-arriving tropical storms. Remember we are already on the letter ‘B’ on the storm-name list after freak Hurricane Alex – the first January hurricane in 61 years – formed near the Azores. May is much more likely to have a named storm form outside of the official storm season – beginning June 1 – than January, and those swell producers are always a treat.

Be prepared for early summer flat spells showing up. May 7 is the annual Catch Jerry Chile run event in James Cistern, Eleuthera. And for those in Eleuthera as May turns to June, Gregory Town’s Pineapple Fest begins June 2 with the Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon and 5K fun run/walk on June 4. Bahamas Out Island Adventures’ Surf Camp XI still has a few spots in its Youth Week beginning July 4 and Tween Week beginning July 11. Email us for more details. Get your sunscreen on 30 minutes before getting in the water – better for your skin and the coral below you. Until next time enjoy our wild Bahamas!

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