If you are looking for a surf lesson, look no further than Dread or Dead. We had a spectacular lesson with the guys and met new friends in the process. These gentlemen did not disappoint.
Owner Russ and instructor Mathew picked us up from our hotel on time and were truly excited to provide my wife and I a surf lesson. On the way to Dover Beach they commented how confident they were that we would stand up and ride waves to the beach. Although skeptical we knew we were in for a fun time simply by the pleasant attitude and enthusiasm of Russ and Mathew. We also knew we were in good hands with Mathew as we learned he is a champion surfer who has toured the world competing as pro surfer. All the locals knew Mathew on the beach and told us we were with the best on the island.
The equipment provided for our lesson was top of the line and seemed brand new. After a brief orientation on the beach, Mathew joined us in the water staying stationary in the water just beyond the break. After each attempt we would paddle back to Mathew who would encourage and coach as well as set us up for our next ride. The waves were gentle which seemed perfect to learn on. Of course we had some pretty good wipeouts but Mathew stayed positive and provided tips to get us up and riding. Thanks to fantastic coaching, my wife and I both rode about 4 waves the distance to the beach within our one-hour lesson! What an awesome feeling!
Dread or Dead provided a fun and rewarding experience for us. With island friendliness, professional instruction and an emphasis on fun: our surf lesson experience exceeded our expectations.
Be sure to stop in to say hi when in Barbados. The shop is loaded with great T-shirts and surf swag. Make sure you take along a rash guard/shirt for your lesson or simply buy one in the shop, you’ll be glad you did. The guys at Dread or Dead are geared to ensure you have a great experience whether in the shop to buy/rent gear or taking a lesson for an epic day of riding waves.
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