When the skies get gloomy the wind kicks up and the surf gets a touch rougher. Not Hawaiian 100 ft surfing waves but more the wind driven white cap kind. It's at times when the wind gets-a-howlin' you'll find the adventurers come out to play.
I don't know where they hide when the sun's out and the seas are calm but get a little cloud in the sky and kick up a little breeze and you will find them out in droves. Some of them come to Great Bay to take advantage of the prevailing winds coming off the Atlantic.
Great Bay has two distinctions. The first is probably more well known than the second but I'll give you both.
First - Great Bay is where the Ritz Carlton Beach Club, with its manicured lawns, meticulously trimmed trees and lovely turquoise waters, is located. To say it's a well maintained property probably does it an injustice.
Second - On days that end with a "Y", I'll probably spend at least a little bit of my time wandering paths on the property and enjoying a walk on Great Bay Beach (Ritz Beach).
Beaches on St Thomas are required to be public. It doesn't mean I can pull up a Ritz chair and sun myself or use their floatation rings and towels, but it does mean that I can enjoy the beach and enjoy the atmosphere. And so I do.
Most of the time there are lots of people out sunning themselves and taking advantage of the multiple bars on the beach. On days when the winds kick up I love to watch the strong athletic types cut through the surf on their kiteboards. It's mesmerizing. The other day I saw one guy get at least 10 feet out of the water (maybe more). He was literally flying. It looked like so much fun. When I watch those adventurers I wish I was 20 years younger. But I'm not - quel dommage.
I wish you well.