The sun is shining and the easterlies are blowing in Belize. I had a fab time with Vela guest Mike Hauty and the Slickrock staff who also got in some awesome sessions. Slickrock lead guide Mark Hopkins can officially now call himself a kiteboarder, he’s riding up wind, doing transitions and even throwing in the odd downloop. I’ve also had some perfect riding time and almost all our guests have been giving the trainer kite a go.
Mike gave me the following feedback:
“Vela Belize is a perfect spot for the (slightly) experienced aspiring kiteboarder. The tradewinds are blowing most days, no crowds to contend with; the excellent gear is well maintained and experienced and enthusiastic instruction is available. The sandy bottom of the sand flats which are over 2 miles long are the perfect spot for transitioning from kite flying to board riding. The kite raft is the quintessential landing and rescue rig. The plethora of none kiting activities is perfect for non kiteboarding family and friends. Tired of kiting?…go for a pleasant kayak to snorkel a stunning reef or stand-up-paddle board in the waves”. (Mike Hauty, Feb 2011)
Mike has been taking one half day kite session (we are out on the sand flats for about 3 hrs) each day and participating in other activities for the remainder of the time. He has been diving, snorkelled a handful of different patch reefs, seen heaps of tropical fish (with a guide to name them), surfed a kayak, done a bit of windsurfing, chilled out in a hammock and just has stand-up-paddle boarding left to master….what an action-packed island adventure.