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Anonymous surfer in south-west of France. Photo by C. Naslain, 2016.
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, 18 Jan
Tobago 1975 - I walked from Black Rock every morning excited to see what Mt. Irvine had to offer. I would stop some mornings to help pull in the massive hand line nets of Back Bay. Back Bay kicked my ass!
My hands were bloody and my back was done. These people worked so hard just to feed their families.
I walked through many small towns full of shacks on stilts. Many families had nothing more than an open faced room on stilts. Open to the environment and the elements. It was poverty, the most chilling example of poverty you will ever see in any part of the world,but they were all happy and most generous!
Most of us would never survive in such a primitive environment? We are too weak to endure these sacrifices.
I do remember a Tobago that was not corrupted by selfish surfers. It was an amazing time in history. My friends Michael Baker and Gideon George would rather go fishing on the North end of Buccoo Reef and watch the amazing spectacle of giant waves and offshore spray rising 20-40 feet above the horizon. I still Believe that Buccoo Reef is one of the Caribbean's potential big wave venues.
Kirk " Shark Bait"
P.S. Where are all the surfers from the Tobago 70's?
, 3 Jan
Tobago 1975 - I gazed at Buccoo reef for weeks. At that time in history Buccoo had the mystery and the intimidation of any big wave on the planet. I witnessed gigantic lefts reeling off the reef.
Gideon George from Black Rock and I use to troll the deep water north of Buccoo for Bonita. I witnessed massive "Mavericks" surf on Buccoo Reef. Gideon would marinate the Bonita in coconut milk and it was the best fish I have ever had.
I miss my good friends Gideon George and Michael Baker, they will forever be my Tobago friends.
Kirk "Shark Bait"
Tobago 1975 - Does anyone know where my good friend Michael Baker might be? He was the Mt. Irvine Bay lifeguard in the 70's. At that time he was the only surf local on the Island. He was a kind and generous man. Toni, Paul and Margie, and the rest of the Montauk crew, including myself from California had soo much respect for this man. We all shared waves, their was no hassles because we all respected the one local Mr. Baker. We went out of our way to make sure that the line up never became corrupted as many line ups are today.
Tobago and Mt. Irvine in 1975 was an amazing place. Imagine looking for someone to join you in the lineup. Many early mornings and late afternoons I surfed alone or with that nut Toni from Long Island. Anyway, where is Michael Baker and where is that nut Toni Geridono?
tobago - its not that bad, live lived there quite a while and that is probably an isolated incident. Mount Irvine have become overcrowded and that has sparked tension from the regulars, but once u aren't pushy its all good. Mount Irvine is one if the only consistent breaks on the island, thus the overcrowdedness. But, trust me, there are at least 5 good places that I have surfed and a lot more given the right season, once you know where to go of course.
some things - Hi,I live in french guyana and i would like to go have a surf in tobago.Please, do locals guy or peoples who've already been there could give me more details?
I come alone so is it dangerous for a girl, where can i find cheap places to sleep and is it easy to find places for surfing?
localism - url thought burning boards was bad. I saw a local guy bring a knife out in the line up, swim over to a yank and stabbed and slashed about 8 holes in his board before threatening to kill him. He guy swam all the way back to the next bay cus he was scared to go back on the beach. rightfully so.
- locals of fed up of the foreigners. There is a no tolerance policy.
Tobago 1975 - Yea, The lifeguard Michael Baker was his name. No locals, pumping surf. Too bad, it was a world class point. Maybe Fort Point to the north will weed out the wienies that can't surf worth a shit.
Im going anyway - Gotta go to Tobago for family reasons, reckon I will catch some waves whilst I'm there as would hate to visit a foreign country and not sample the surf. Is the attitude reaaally THAT bad? I'm happy to leave the locals to it. There anywhere to rent boards?
Not really Tobago - Half of these shots are not even Tobago. Irvine is not a bad spot but certainly not worth a surf trip.I've been to so many other islands with more than ONE descent surf spot.
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