Belham Valley Rivermouth Reviews and Ratings
(Montserrat – Caribbean)
Visitor reviews of Belham Valley Rivermouth surf break
July 14, 2012
Gary from United States
Great job with the Montserrat write up Jesse!
For general surfing info: My brother Carrll "Froza" Robilotta was responsible for naming and reporting the surf on the isle back in the 80's. My brother and I pioneered the island's breaks from 1980- 1995. Unfortunately, the Rivermouth wave is no longer what it used to be due to the volcanic eruptions from 1995 -on. BUT, there are some real good breaks still on the island. Like Jesse said, you need to be there at the right time to score it. My site island-of-montserrat.com has some pics for your viewing pleasure....Gary
Belham Valley Rivermouth Ratings
Based on 3 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 3.0
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
(1: Belham Valley Rivermouth is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.5
(1: Belham Valley Rivermouth is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Montserrat - Caribbean. 5: the best break in Montserrat - Caribbean).
Difficulty Level: 2.7
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 2.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Belham Valley Rivermouth can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 3.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Belham Valley Rivermouth, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Belham Valley Rivermouth are often excellent).
Water Quality: 3.7
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Belham Valley Rivermouth is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Belham Valley Rivermouth requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 5.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Belham Valley Rivermouth for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Belham Valley Rivermouth is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Belham Valley Rivermouth is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 1.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Belham Valley Rivermouth, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Belham Valley Rivermouth where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 3 votes. Vote
July 14, 2012
Gary Robilotta from United States
Nice comment Jesse, nice to read your news about the surf on Montserrat! For the general public, indeed, you need to be there at the right time to score the surf on Montserrat's West coast. if you remember the "Surf Report", you'll notice Froza wrote those reports for the island during the 1980's.
My brother Carrll "Froza" and I pioneered the surf on the island of Montserrat for 12 years, it was a sureal time, and the right time. Got to surf the guts out of the Rivermouth ("Zippers"). Unfortunatly the Rivermouth has long disappeared since the volcano popped back in 1995-97ish.
But there are still some amazing spots to be had. Wanna see some pics???? Check out my site: island-of-montserrat.com. We've put some surf pics on there. Happy trails! Gary
August 27, 2010
Jesse from Montserrat
Belham Valley or as we call it here "Pelican Point" is absolutely a great break when we actually have waves ha-ha. It is a smooth clean over a minute ride on a good day that is defiantly worth experiencing if you are lucky enough to be there on the right day. Winter time is indeed the best time of the year to come get lucky on this wave. Only about five of us on island actually surf so when the waves are good it really is a little piece of paradise! Pictures of the break are available if wanted for the site. Hopefully tropical storm earl brings some waves are way this Sunday/Monday! Like to thank the maker of this site for putting Montserrat on the map as a surf spot and for giving us reliable weather information. I check this site very often. Surf up!