My alarm went off at 7am, the first time it had been set all holiday. It was raining – a short-lived but torrential tropical storm – but I had an appointment to keep and ran out to the hire car. It was a short run down from Mullins Beach to our agreed meeting point, the immaculate whitewashed church opposite JuJu’s bar on Alleynes Bay. I was 5 minutes early but kept the engine running, the windscreen wipers fighting a losing battle with the rain.
Right on time, another vehicle appeared from nowhere, a large Nissan pick-up who quickly pulled alongside. We opened our windows; the rain came in. The exchange had to be fast; he handed me a slim, circular package covered in silver foil. As I took it from him I discovered it was still warm. I thanked him, we raised our windows and drove off in different directions.
Back home at Ocean View, the rain had stopped, the sky was clearing and the sun was announcing another beautiful day in Barbados. I took the foil off to reveal the quiche. It looked and smelled grrreat.
Tony (the Tiger) has been organising watersports in Barbados for over 20 years and works from the beach next to JuJu’s on Alleynes Bay. His boat, Aqua Tiger, is a permanent fixture in the bay and is always seen ahead of water-skiers of varying competence or screaming children clinging on to inflatables.
Tony himself is calm, assured and a patient but firm instructor. If you want to learn to water-ski there is no better place and no better teacher. He’s laid back (and seriously ‘cool’) but he’s also a man with a diary. He’s never late for an appointment and if he says he’s going to get up at 6am to make you a quiche, he delivers.
So look out for Tony when you’re next in Barbados. Real watersports guys not only eat quiche they get up early and make it for you too.