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The surf kayaking on our island is great for beginning and advanced boaters alike. No prior experience is necessary.
Slickrock’s primary wave-sport activity is surf kayaking. We have a fleet of high-tech sit-on-top surf kayaks with planing hulls, fins, ankle leashes, seat backs, and leg straps. The ocean kayak surfing here is great for beginner through advanced surfers. Even those with no experience are soon riding the waves after a short orientation. Surf kayaks allow anyone to easily catch a wave since you are using a paddle rather than your arms to propel you craft, and it is easy to adjust your position to start a ride in exactly the right spot. With a few fast strokes you are on the wave, and the thrill of accelerating down its face is like no other. Steering is accomplished with rudder strokes to the back of the boat, and before reaching the bottom and out running the wave it is necessary to turn back into the wave. Ideally, the surfer will then maintain a position just in front of the break and on the steeper face of the wave. Once in this position, you will be able to stay on the wave for up to 100 yards as the wave passes over the angular shoal that creates a ‘line’ for the break to continue. Wipe-outs are no threat since you just fall out and climb back aboard.
You might come for the sea kayaking or snorkeling, but you will leave dreaming about our wave!
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Surf kayaking, like all of the activities we offer from our island, is not available without purchasing a Belize trip package which includes 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 surf, kayak, and windsurf gear and instruction.
No special gear is needed for kayak surfing, we have everything you need. All water sports on our island do require neoprene booties, request our Adventure Island at Glover's Reef sheet which includes the packing list and a description of the booties that we recommend.
Kaos by Wilderness Systems
5-0 by Perception
4.4 Surf Skis by Malibu Kayaks
Good waves can be found all year, it depends on the weather out to sea which creates the swells that form the best waves. Winter and spring are windy seasons and Long Caye will usually see a good break of four feet or higher during this time, but occasionally the seas do flatten out for a few days at a time. December through March is usually the best time to plan for waves. Last season, even the month of May had decent surf for 3 out of 4 weeks.
Our wave is a right hand break which starts out in 8-12 feet of water, getting progressively shallower the longer the ride, ending in about 3 feet depth. Moderate to steep on the initial drop, there can also be a slight reform where one needs to cutback to make a second section where the wave walls up again with a fun, punchy, fast, inner section.
Swell in the winter is almost always near/moderate fetch trade-wind-driven waves. The Trades blow a near constant 10-15 knots (or more), so often times surfable wave conditions also have "onshore" wind and chop It’s a rare day to have super glassy conditions - although it does happen.
Also, because of the reef the wave is very consistent; it’s common to have a 4-6 foot face on the initial drop. Rides of 50 yards are possible on good days when it’s connecting. This is a very uncrowded break, so except for having to share with our other guests, you can catch all the waves you want!
You can see our surf break behind the island in the photo at right.
Perched on the brink of the continental shelf, our island base of Long Caye lies on the slender coral ring of Glover's Reef, an atoll 35 miles offshore from Dangriga, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. We’ve made sure our entire Water Sports Center blends into the undeveloped, natural atmosphere of this tropical island, unspoiled by the modern world.
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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