Tortola 1980's

JBorbone

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Oct 18, 2017
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Cootens bottom was mellow never worried about hitting the reef. We paddled down from Josiah's Bay, sometimes with just the boards, sometimes with a small backpack with water and food for a longer stay. The reef was very shallow and you had to walk a ways, if you wanted to get to the beach in front of the break, lots of urchins in the nooks and crannies of the reef. Easy to not step on them if you were careful. On a flat day I did hike down from the road, where I took this photo and got to the bottom after a long tough hike, the hike back up took some time. I followed a dry stream bed most of the way, I am sure it only has water during the rare rain storms. You would not want to hike down for a day surf but I did see old camp sites, very remote feeling little valley, some old ruins too at the bottom.

Believe it or not there's actually a path to get to Cootens (my buddies and I have always called it Goats since you're almost guaranteed to see some goats playing on the cliff face) off a side road from Ridge Road. I did the paddle from Josiah's for years before discovering the path, and almost shot myself in the foot for not discovering it sooner.

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Hye Tyde

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May 7, 2006
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Amazing photos everyone! Tortola is certainly a special place. Any idea on how they're getting on now, a year after the storms?

I understand the road all along Carrot Bay was washed away, along with the Bomba shack.

Anyway here are some more recent shots from January 2015:
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deemce

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May 18, 2010
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USA Pennsylvania
Amazing photos everyone! Tortola is certainly a special place. Any idea on how they're getting on now, a year after the storms?

I understand the road all along Carrot Bay was washed away, along with the Bomba shack.

Anyway here are some more recent shots from January 2015:
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Beautiful
 

longboardmaster

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Update: Hurricane Irma (CAT 4) destroyed Bomba's Shack in 2017. Unlike many of the restaurants and bars that rebuilt, Bomba's was not one of them.
 




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