Belize Kiteboarding Vacations
Learn to kiteboard on your adventure holiday! Slickrock has been approved by Vela Kitesurf Resorts as one of their sanctioned kitesurf centers. Ours is the only kitesurf center at Glover’s Reef! Lessons are available December – March only, but you can kitesurf into April with your own gear.
Multi-Day Kitesurfing Vacations
Kitesurfing at our island is not available without purchasing a Belize island package. Our island is located far out to sea, which is one of the reasons it is such a fabulous place; we experience none of the crowding found in other parts of Belize. There is no way to visit our island only for the day, a 5-night package (3 nights on the island) is our minimum as our private boat charter only goes to and from the island two days a week. Packages include hotels and meals in Belize City before and after the trip, transport to and from the island, accommodations and meals on the island, soda and beer on the island, and kayak and other sports gear and instruction. Mandatory sport instructional sessions are offered before using our gear, for more information on this see our Belize FAQ page. We specialize in Belize multisport trips; we aren’t just a kitesurf resort! For a complete summary of all the sea sports we offer, visit our adventure sports equipment page.
Each sport has a mandatory orientation session where we introduce our gear to you. Once you have had the orientation session, you are free to use the gear anytime you like, as long as you have a buddy. The buddy system is different for each sport, and that’s explained during the orientation. For example, a buddy while snorkeling is someone snorkeling with you, but a buddy while windsurfing is a person on shore paying attention to your location and notifying us if you need assistance. During scheduled activities, guides are on hand monitoring your progress and a buddy may not be necessary, since the guide is effectively your buddy.
[photo credit at top of page: Victor Myers]
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Kitesurfing in Belize
Kiteboarding Options at Adventure Island
Glover’s Reef, where our island is located, is one of the least crowded areas in the country. There’s no one out there kitesurfing except us! There are two options for kiteboarding at our island:
–If you are experienced, bring your own kites, harnesses, and assorted gear, and you can use our boards as part of your all-inclusive package. No other gear is available to rent.
–If you are a beginner, or don’t own your own gear, your first lesson with a trainer kite is included as part of your all-inclusive package. To continue with more advanced kitesurfing lessons you will then use our Belize kitesurf school. All kiteboarding gear is included with lessons. Advanced kitesurfing lessons are available December – March only.
Kiteboarding for Kids
Kids of almost any age can take the first kiteboard lesson, which is free. This involves learning to steer the kite using a small, trainer kite, standing in shallow water near the island.
There is a minimum age of 12 for more advanced kiteboarding lessons, which involves leaving the island by raft and traveling about 2 miles to our kitesurf area, which is a bit deeper. Please see the Kitesurfing Lessons page for more about availability of kitesurfing for kids between the ages of 12 and 15. The minimum age limit is due to kids needing to be of a certain size, height, and weight to be able to handle the gear.
It may be possible to take somewhat younger children under perfect conditions with a parent along to assist on a single-student lesson. This is up to the kitesurf instructor on site, and cannot be figured out in advance.
We will loan you a board
By having a full selection of twin tip and directional boards available, kiters will only have to bring their kites, lines, and harnesses to avoid the hassle of traveling with boards.
Slickrock does not provide kites or other kitesurfing gear except for school use.
We recommend kiteboarders bring two sizes of kites, a 14-16m and a 9-12m to cover the average conditions found on the island.
Surf (directional) by Cabrinha
2010 5’ 7” S-Quad
2010 6’ 3” Thruster
Twin tips, by Cabrinha
2010 130x40, Caliber
2011 136, 144 Prodigy
2012 135, 145 Rival
2014 165 Spectrum
2016 141 Tronic
Twin tips, by Open Ocean
2014 140 Mako
Our island is situated on the reef separating the open sea from the calm water lagoon of the atoll, allowing kiteboarders opportunities to enjoy both easy and rough water conditions.
We have an excellent beach launch site into the lagoon with plenty of space free from obstacles. In addition, our surf break is very kite friendly and immediately accessible off the front point of the island, and it normally sees a cross break wind that is perfect for setting up jumps.The open sea provides unlimited reaches in large swells, while the lagoon is perfect for high speed, smooth water runs. Although the lagoon has many patch reef obstacles, there is plenty of room to avoid them and we commonly run out on 3 mile reaches.
Best Months for Kiteboarding in Belize
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!
Please remember, there is no way to predict the surf or wind conditions for a specific date!
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.