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Adventure Island at Glover's Reef

Adventure Island at

Glover's Reef

 

Fri/ Tue start; 9, 6, or 5 nights

$2195 pp, full week; all-inclusive

$1525 pp, 1st half; all-inclusive

$1350 pp, 2nd half; all-inclusive

 

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Belize Adventure Week

Belize Adventure Week

 

Sat start; 8 or 4 nights

$2525 pp, full week, all-inclusive

$1375 pp, 1st half, all-inclusive

 

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Windsurf Equipment

 

Kid's windsurfing gear:

board with 1.0, 1.5, and 1.8 sails

 

Beginner boards:
Start by Starboard

Intermediate boards:

140 JP Funster

180 JP Funster
Go by Starboard
2009 133 L Starboard
Classic 103 L by Mistral
Flow 105 L by Mistral

Advanced boards:

2012 120 L X-Cite Ride by JP
2012 140 L Fun Ride by JP
2012 85 L Freestyle Wave by JP
2012 102 L Freestyle Wave by JP
2010 105 L by Exocet
2010 84 L by Exocet

Windsurfing Sails:

Full range from 3.0 to 7.0: Ezzy, Naish, Sailworks, Northsails, Loftsails

Advanced sails:
2014 Alpha 5.8 by Neil Pryde
2013 Fusion 6.1, 7.2 by Neil Pride
2013 Hellcat 6.2, 7.2 by Neil Pryde
2012 Fusion 6.7 by Neil Pryde
2010 Firefly 4.1, 4.5, 4.9 by Neil Pryde
2010 Zone 5.0 by Neil Pryde

 

Dry Land Trainer

 

Seat and Chest Harnesses:

Da Kine harnesses

Expert sailors should bring their own

 

Dry land trainer

Windsurf Dry Land Trainer

 

 

child's windsurfing gear

 

High quality kid's gear too!

 

 

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Belize Windsurfing

Belize's greatest attraction to board sailors is that nobody sails here! Belize enjoys ideal conditions for wind sports. We have steady winds, warm water, and a variety of accesses to the sea. Eric Sanford, writing in Windsurf magazine remarked that it reminds him of Baja, Mexico in the early 1980’s.

 

Windsurfing off Long Caye, Glover's Reef

 

Our island sits astride the ring reef of Glover’s Reef, Windsurfing at sunset off Long Caye, Belizeallowing easy access to both the waves and swells of the open sea and a launch from our beach into the sheltered waters just off our shore. The average wind speed is 10-20 mph nearly every day, so although some days will be spent on light-wind gear skimming across the flats of the lagoon, others will find you on a 4.5 sail or smaller blasting on the swells or trying your luck in the surf. The warm air and water temps mean you don’t need a wetsuit!

 

Our windsurf land trainer makes it very east to learn to windsurfOur location on Long Caye at Glover's Reef offers exceptional opportunities for windsurfing for both novices and experts (best high-wind season: Jan - Mar). We offer basic windsurfing instruction on a daily basis anytime the wind is right, and we employ a land trainer and a fleet of modern, wide beginner boards that allow anyone a rapid advancement in learning how to sail. Combined with the flat water conditions inside the lagoon, we have the perfect set-up to learn this exciting sport.

 

To see a complete description of our system for teaching beginners to windsurf, visit our Adventure Island at Glover's Reef page.

 

Belize windsurf gear at Glover's Reef

Vela Windsurf Resorts

Slickrock is now a partner with Vela Windsurf Resorts. All qualified windsurfing guests will be able to use the advanced equipment, you don’t have to be a registered Vela guest. Vela Windsurf Resorts in Belize

 

Because advanced windsurfings are sailing on their own, they are expected to be proficient enough to self-rescue. Anyone requiring a motorboat rescue (as opposed to a kayak rescue) will be charged a small fee for a motorboat pickup of $50 per pickup. Guests may buddy-up and rescue each other using kayaks to avoid this additional charge.

 

Slickrock's advanced board fleet

 

Advanced windsurf boards

 

 

To find out more about Belize windsurfing tours on our private island, call (800) 390-5715 or send us an email: slickrock@slickrock.com.

 

 

 

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Glover's Reef wind and waves

Looking for wind or wave information for our island? Follow the link above to a satellite buoy station with wind and wave information, located 31 miles WNW of our island, right in the area where we cross the Blue on our way to Glover's Reef

 

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Windsurfing Glover's Reef, Belize

 

 

 

Glover's Reef Windsurfing Conditions

The location for sailing inside the atoll is ideal for long, extended reaches, and it is easy to dodge the many patch reefs which are visible in the clear water. On a north wind (our strongest, commonly 4.0 conditions), it is possible to do a 6 mile reach encompassing all the islands of the atoll, while sailing over the turquoise sand bars behind the ring reef. There are no obstructions within the atoll, and the protected waters cut out the swell and chop so it is usually smooth water sailing.

 

Windsurf gear at Glovers Reef, Belize

 

 

Our equipment consists of a core of late model gear with set-ups for light-wind cruising, mid-range screaming, and high-wind blasting; we have boards from 170 L to 80 L, and sails from 3.0 to 7.5. Although advanced sailors are on their own, our guides are proficient windsurfers and can assist novices on our land trainer and beginner boards. The calm waters of the lagoon are perfect for practicing first moves, and there is always enough wind for novices, making Long Caye an ideal location to learn the sport.

 

 

 

 

 

Windsurfing Belize, private island instruction.

 

Outside the atoll, open sea conditions can be found, with large swells and choppy surfaces. And, for those looking for surf action, we do have an excellent point break which is perfect for surf sailing when the wind is right.

Wave sailing

Although Long Caye has an excellent surf break that is ideal for paddleboards and surf kayaks, it is not usually optimal for wind sports. Both windsurfers and kitesurfers like a ‘side shore’ wind direction to surf waves, which is when the wind blows parallel, or nearly so, to the wave break. This allows wind powered boards to power up across the break, which is the direction a board naturally takes on a wave while surfing. Long Caye’s wave, however, usually experiences an onshore wind, blowing in the same direction as the wave break, or an off shore wind, which blows against the break. Either of these directions do not present favorable conditions for wind powered surfing.

 

Screaming in 30 knot winds, right off Long Caye.

 

Your Own Private Ocean

 

Screaming in 30 knot winds, right off Long Caye.

"Anyone can go to a place like Maui or Aruba, where the conditions are always perfect, but traveling to a place with an unknown breeze is like investing in Amazon.com rather than IBM. If you go to Aruba and the wind doesn't blow, you're bummed. You go to Belize and it blows; you're stoked. And guess what, it blows there. Amazon just tripled!... if it doesn't blow, the snorkeling, diving, fishing and kayak tours are world class."

Eric Sanford, Windsurfing magazine, July 2000

 

Our cabanas site right on the water's edge

A Windsurfer’s Dream

Another day on the island comes to a close, and I find myself alone on my cabana porch, looking out over the open Caribbean as the sky and sea merge into a dark blue. Cut off from the world on this isolated patch of sand and palms, I have only my own guess as to what the weather will bring tomorrow. As the darkness descends, the starlight illuminates the relentless surf pounding the reef a few yards away. I have been paddling and diving while exploring more of these endless reefs over the past few days, but what really has been on my mind is wind. It can blow hard for days on end out here, and I am anxious for the next big blow!

 

I didn’t even know I had fallen asleep in the hammock, but suddenly I am awakened by an even louder sound than the surf: a storm has blown in and the palms are straining under a stiff wind from the NW behind my cabana. I look over the railing and am greeted with a face-full of fresh water off the roof as a hard rain has also begun, its curtain hidden in the dark and wind. I stumble to bed with a grin, anticipating what this could mean for tomorrow.

 

Cully Erdman windsurfing at Glove's ReefI am up at sunrise, greeted by an angry sea. The wind is blowing a steady 25-30 mph, and foaming whitecaps stretch to the northern horizon. It doesn’t take me long to down a cup of coffee, and in nothing flat I have assembled my rig from the collection in the surf palapa and am stepping into the water. I quickly power up, shooting across the small bay of the island. After two tacks to clear a reef I am free of the shallows. Now I settle in and start ripping down the sand flats behind the atoll’s reef. My next stop is an island three miles away. Patch reefs shoot by, easily visible in the ultra-clear water along the flats. Startled stingrays dart from my path across the sand bottom, as I push forward for more speed. Dark and light patches of turquoise surround me and I look over the atoll’s ring reef at perfect lines of surf breaking on the coral, which shelters the sand flats I am hugging. The colors are too vivid to be real, highlighted by the sparkling reflections from the rising sun. I am into my dream! I am all alone in this vast water world, not a boat or sail to be seen.

 

At Long Caye you can windsurf right off our shoreSoon the details of the palms on the next island come into focus and I know it’s only a mile away. It is perfectly in alignment on a single reach from our island, so I sail right up to its beach for a visit and rest. "Just the loco windsurfer again, you know you’re crazy to be out there in this wind!" the local caretaker calls out. After a cold Coke and a stretch, I head back into the water and prepare myself for the next reach, a 4-mile run back to, and past, our island base. But 4 miles is only a matter of minutes at the speeds I can maintain in this wind.

 

Halfway along my new bearing I have to leave the glittering sand flats and head into the atoll’s lagoon, where I improvise a course through the numerous patch reefs. You never know if you’ll get cut off by a reef that is just a little too far upwind to pass by, and it keeps the excitement at a constant, high level as I have to make a continuous series of critical judgments. It’s similar to skiing the trees back in Utah, I think to myself; mistakes are not an option.

 

As I burst out into the sand flats behind the NE reef, another group of rays shoot away. One of them jumps out of the water, showing the clear black and white markings of a Manta Ray.

 

Returning from Middle Caye, BelizeI make a long, arcing jibe and start back to our island, my legs cramping after 4 miles of straining in the same position. Now I aim a bit downwind for the channel, which lies between the two islands at our base, breaking out to the sea. I have to spill some wind to slow down, but I know the reefs here and I cut through a small opening and into the surf zone. Here I take a few tacks along the edge of the break, then come screaming back up to our island, landing right at the dining palapa.

 

After stowing my gear I head into the kitchen where I join the others having breakfast. "Hey, wind looks awesome today, going out?’ somebody asks me. "How can I not?" I reply, thinking how could he not know where I had just been? Then I realized why, my hair wasn’t even wet! I had sailed half the atoll, with no wipe-outs. No one had missed me, no one knew about the ride I had just experienced. I guess it was just a windsurfer’s dream.

 

-Cully Erdman

 

The Magic Seaweed wind report for the Gulf of Mexico.

Belize is at the very bottom of the map... a very good wind map.