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Slickrock has partnered with Vela Kitesurf Resorts on Long Caye. Ours is the only Vela kitesurf center in Belize!
Lessons are available December - March only.
Each session lasts approx. 3 hours, including transport to and from the kitesurfing area. There is an additional $15 per person per lesson fee for equipment insurance.
Single student session
$200 for one 3 hour session (kite in air approx. 2 hours)
Two student session
Skills such as basic kite control. body dragging, power strokes, board recovery, waterstart and upwind reaches will be taught in a progression of lessons out on the sand flats near the island.
Our teaching location is unique and guarantees a fast learning curve. Our incredibe sand flats allow for uninterrupted practice, typically 2 miles downwind. This allows for continous skills development throughout the lesson. In other locations a considerable amount of any lesson is spent making your way up wind or returing back upwind inbetween body dragging. This is simply not necessary at Glover's which allows for accelerated learning and quick progression through skills. Lesson progress is tailored to the individuals and low ratio instructor: student lessons allow students to progress at a speed with which are comfortable and confident.
Lessons can be pre-booked or booked on the island. You don't pay until after the lesson is completed.
Equipment insurance is required for students taking kiteboard lessons.
Beginners are extremely tough on the gear, and although we expect normal wear and tear over time, we have seen students destroy brand new, $1,000 kites in a single session. Rather than ask students to accept complete liability for the gear if they ruin it, we use an insurance fee to spread the risk in the event of major damage. Fees are $15 per student for each lesson.
Our minimum age for kitesurfing on the island is 12. We do not make exceptions to this policy for kids younger than this. We require anyone taking kitesurf lessons be at least 100 pounds and 5 feet tall, for it is essential that youths be of a reasonable size, weight, and strength to manage the equipment and be able to stand in one spot without floating away. They also must be reasonably athletic. A kitesurf student must possess a mature outlook and be capable of maintaining the focus needed to manage powerful equipment. Therefore for all kids between the ages of 12 and 15, the final decision rests with the instructor, who will take the youth on a trainer kite session first. Only then will they be able to make the decision if they are ready to advance to a full, adult lesson.
What if I don't need lessons?
Kiteboarders will want to experience the excellent Belize kitesurfing conditions at our location (see Belize kiteboarding page for further details). As a Vela associate Slickrock maintains a selection of late model equipment for our guests; kiteboarders who wish to kitesurf on their own should bring their own kites and Slickrock provides boards so guests will not have to deal with airline hassles in transporting them.
Because those kiteboarding on their own are expected to be proficient enough to self-rescue, anyone requiring a rescue will be charged a $50 per rescue for a motorboat pickup.Guests may buddy-up and rescue each other using kayaks to avoid this additional charge.
2 meter trainers by Ocean Rodeo 2015
4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15 meter kites by Cabrinha 2013-2015
Surf (directional) by Cabrinha:
2010 5’ 7” S-Quad
2010 6’ 1” S-Quad
2010 6’ 3” Thruster
Twin tips, by Cabrinha:
2010 130x40, Caliber
2011 136, 144 Prodigy
2012 135, 145 Rival
2014 165 Spectrum
Twin tips, by Open Ocean:
2014 140 Mako
Kitesurf School Raft visit our blog to see images of our one-of-a-kind custom raft
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The island commonly sees wind in the 10 -15 mph range (80% of the time), and 20 mph winds or better are seen about 30% of the time. A 12 meter kite is probably one’s best bet for an all-round kite size for the island, although it is always nice to have a 9 meter kite option in case it is a high wind week (after March 1, bring a 14 meter instead of a 9 meter.) Unlike other more accessible islands in Belize (Ambergris, Caye Caulker) there is very little boat traffic. And don't forget, the water is 80 degrees!
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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.