This is epic. I started going here in the early 80's as a teen with my dad. Didn't get to surf it till the 90's. Got to surf Bomba slightly overhead all day and then went to the inter island horse race in town. Epic day.
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.
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: