Dread or Dead Surf Shop
Dread or Dead Surf Shop
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Surfing & WindsurfingGear RentalsStand Up Paddleboarding
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Dread Or Dead surf shop is a surfing technical and funtional fashion retail store. We offer surf lessons, tours and board hire/rental through our surf school Surf In Barbados as well as SUP lessons, tours and hire/rental through our SUP shop SUP In Barbados.
Hastings, Barbados

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Annabelle
Oldbury, UK1 contribution
Dec 2021
I decided to book a lesson with Dread or Dead at the beginning of my holiday and I enjoyed it so much I ended up going back nearly every day I was in Barbados! The briefing on the beach was informative yet easy to understand before getting out onto the water and covered all the safety points clearly. After each attempted wave I was given feedback to improve on and before I knew it I was catching waves on my own and surfing right up to the beach!

The instructors Axe and Tai made me feel comfortable and safe throughout the whole lesson and mostly importantly made sure I had great fun.

When I am back in Barbados I will certainly be visiting Dread or Dead again, highly recommend!
Written January 3, 2022
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Björk Björnsdóttir
Hoi An, Vietnam1 contribution
Feb 2020
I went by myself for 5 surf lessons there over my 2 week period in Barbados and would really recommend them! Matthew, Russel and his sons were all great teachers and I had a lot of fun. I had surfed a bit before so I wasn't a complete beginner but still needed lessons. They gave me good pointers and my surfing improved a lot!
Written March 1, 2020
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drvmycar
Beverly, MA4 contributions
Feb 2020
Got super helpful, individual attention from Axe who is encouraging and gave good pointers to improve my surfing. He picked out the perfect board and chose a spot with the right wave height. He really helped in deciding which wave to grab. Getting to surf with turtles was a huge bonus.
Written February 10, 2020
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Tim N
Amersham, UK3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
Had a great time today with Axe and he showed me the basics again after 20 years off the board. Beginners session was perfect and the waves decent enough to get that surf feeling going again. Friendly staff and great shop to pick up some merch
Written November 3, 2021
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Shirlen G
3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Axe was awesome! Arrived to the surf school, loaded up the boards and we were off to the beach. Axe gave us a quick yet informative pre-surf lesson and within minutes we were hitting the surfs. You can get some great pictures from Bolt as well for a small fee. Excellent time hitting the surf!
Written August 30, 2023
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Slava D
New York City, NY7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Axe and Matthew were incredible guides. They wasted no time on the beach and took us right into the surf. They were super patient and gave great instruction. Highly recommend them for a surf experience. They worked well with little kids and they all got up on their first try with their instruction.
Written November 25, 2021
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Slystravels
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wife and I were walking when we passed the shop. Learning to surf had always been a bucket list item for us both and decided when would ever be a better time since we are both early 40s.

Went in shop and met Russell and Axe and both are as nice as can be. Very flexible as we told them we just got in and we’re planning other excursions But wanted to do this for sure and Russell told us when we get everything else planned (and they made recommendations on those as well) let them know as they would make sure instructors would be available for lessons. We got everything coordinated that night and scheduled.

Our instructor was Matthew Kydd who we later found out was a world class surfer & a Bajan National Champ. We had a short instruction on beach on body placement on board, correct way to get up, and body weight and also how to bail and then we were in water. To my surprise I got up and was riding on the first wave and it took my wife two tries. Rest of the time we were enjoying surfing and cutting up with Matthew.

I realize everyone is different and might take longer to learn and get up but regardless it is time will spent and you would be hard to find more qualified or better instruction anywhere in the world. I will have this memory the rest of my life and now trying to incorporate surfing instead of golf into our future trips.
Written March 9, 2020
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lucinda alter
1 contribution
Jan 2020
My whole family had a wonderful experience surfing for the first time. Russel and Matthew were phenomenal instructors and kept us safe while teaching us ! We had a great time and were inspired to continue surfing when we got back home. Would highly recommend and will certainly be returning next time we are in Barbados.
Written January 15, 2020
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Thank you for the great review , we look forward seeing you all again soon . Russell & Matthew
Written January 16, 2020
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Revolutioneyes
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
Dread or dead is the place to go if you're looking for the best surf experience on the island! Russell's quick responsiveness and help in choosing the right formula for you, so you get the best out of your surfing is great! Additionally, his surfshop offers the greatest of material that you need for surfing or skating. You'll meet Jasmine his partner who's a great and friendly help to make sure you find the things you're looking for.
The cherry on top were my surfsessions with Axe, Russell's son. Out all the places I've been, I've never felt more comfortable and at ease in the water. Axe has a gift to give you self-confidence and courage in the water. His energy and vibe is one of a kind. In the water he'll give you the best of feedback with each wave so you can adjust and improve in a very short time. I cannot recommend this place enough! Mahalo for making my surftrip epic!
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Written February 7, 2023
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Butter Bean
Long Island, NY5 contributions
Feb 2020
Two teen daughters and I engaged Dread or Dead for our first go at stand-up paddleboarding, and were not disappointed! Axe was a terrific instructor, very patient and attentive. One of the highlights of our trip. Would definitely recommend!
Written February 24, 2020
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