Adventure Island on Long Caye in Belize is one of the best Caribbean kiteboarding locations you can find. Just ask a pro. More specifically, our pro — Slickrock kiteboarding instructor Meg Griffiths, pictured here catching some big air a few weeks ago at the beginning of Slickrock’s 2013 – 2014 season.

 

Kitesurfing Belize

Last March Meg Griffiths, our kitesurf and advanced windsurfing instructor, kept track of wind speeds through the month of March. Sailors visiting us this March will be glad to see most days are plenty windy for Belize kitesurfing! All units in mph.(photo above by Pete McDermott)

 

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Kite surfing is one of the hotest new sports on the island and for good reason. Our location, and the nature of the winds and water on Long Caye set us apart as one of the best places to learn the sport that there is. Here, in this short 1 min. video clip, one of our guests catches some huge air during a kite surfing session just before sunset. If you listen closely, you can here the reaction of the other guests watching him from shore.

 

Kitesurfing Belize

Last January Meg Griffiths, our kitesurf and advanced windsurfing instructor, kept track of wind speeds through the month of January. Sailors visiting us this January will be glad to see most days are plenty windy for Belize kitesurfing! (photo above by Pete McDermott)

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Belize kiteboardingSlickrock has partnered with Vela Kitesurf Resorts to open their newest Kitesurf outpost. Our guests can now learn to kitesurf in Belize!

Kiteboarders will want to join us on the island to enjoy the excellent Belize kitesurfing conditions at our location (see our 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.

Kiteboarding lessons are now available from our instructor, Meg Griffiths (in photo above). Guests can enroll for advanced lessons on their way to becoming a proficient kiteboarder, covering all aspects and skills need to master the sport.

Skills such as basic kite control. body drags, power strokes, board launching, and upwind reaches will be taught in a progression of lessons out on the sand flats near the island.

 

Photo by Bryony Swan.

Belize island sportsWhen we say we have a “multi-sport” adventure package in Belize, we aren’t kidding. Nobody in Belize, and as far as I know, nobody in the entire Caribbean has a kayak/surf/board fleet anything close to ours. We can’t help it, if we see some cool new gear, we just have to try it out on the island, so we then buy one, or two, or ten of them. It’s a great excuse to get all the cool stuff.

belize-sea-kayaks
We have kayaks for all body types and ability levels

We took a lot of new gear down this fall, and I just updated the list. Here is the newly updated list of everything we have down in Belize. Thinking of buying a new paddleboard? Better come down to Belize and try out several before you decide which one to get! (We ALL need excuses sometimes, don’t we?)

 

 

Peekaboo kayak
Peekaboo kayak

Island sport equipment:

Sea Kayaks: Singles: Sea Lion, Eclipse and Shadow 14.0 (for small women) by Perception; Looksha-14, Looksha-17, Looksha IV, Elaho and Eskia (for tall men) by Necky; Sealution II XL by Wilderness Systems, Whistler and squall GTS by Current Design, Doubles: Seascape II by NW Kayak, Amaruk by Necky
Sit-On-Top Sea Kayaks: Peekaboo by Ocean Kayak (kayak with window in hull), Tarpon 160 by Wilderness Systems, Versa by Liquid Logic
Fishing Kayaks: Tarpon 160i and Ride 135 by Wilderness Systems

Fishing kayaks
We have the only fleet of fishing kayaks in Belize

Surf/Playboats: Kaos by Wilderness Systems; 5-O by Perception
Surf Skis: Malibu Kayak 4.4
Surf Boards: 6’10” Epoxy Fish by Yancy Spencer; 6’10” & 7’10” Funboards by Blue Surfboards; 7’6” MBB Thruster by Channel Islands; 9’0” & 9’2” Performance Epoxy Longboards by Colbalt; 9’0” beginner hard-bottom foam board

 

Paddleboards
A few of our paddleboards

Paddleboards: Laird Soft Tops by Surftech, 12 and 11’6”; custom 10’6, 10, 9’2 boards by Corridor, 9’6” PSH AA Wide, 9’6” Waa by Paddle Surf Hawaii, Versa by Liquid Logic, Rapidfire by Imagine
Cruiser Paddleboards: 12’6” Pau Hana Crossfit, 12’ Bombora by Jimmy Lewis
SUP Paddles: Surftech, Aquabound, Werner and Kialoa

Belize windsurfing sails
Windsurf sail rack

Windsurfing Boards: Beginner: Start by Starboard; Intermediate: Go by Starboard, 2009 133 L Starboard, Classic 103 L by Mistral, Flow 105 L by Mistral; Advanced: 2010 120 L X-Cite Ride by JP, 2010 140 L Fun Ride by JP, 2010 85 L Freestyle Wave by JP, 2010 102 L Freestyle Wave by JP, 2008 105 L by Exocet, 2008 84 L by Exocet

 

Windsurfing Sails: Full range from 3.0 to 7.0; Ezzy, Naish, Sailworks, Northsails, Loftsails; Advanced sails: 2010 Firefly 4.1, 4.5, 4.9, 6.9 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Zone 5.0 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Alpha 5.8 by Neil Pryde, 2010 Hellcat 6.2, 7.2 by Neil Pryde
Windsurf Dry Land Trainer

Belize kitesurf gear
Kitesurf equipment

Kitesurf Kites: Slingshot 2 meter trainer; Trainers by Ocean Rodeo 2010, 2010 4, 7, 9, 12, 14 meter kites by Cabrinha
Kiteboards: 2010 directional, twin tip
Harnesses: Da Kine chest and seat harnesses; expert sailors should bring their own
Lifejackets: Extrasport
Paddles: Werner
Kayak Helmets: Protech, NRS

Inland sport equipment:

Belize river kayaks
Belize river gear

Rafts: Super Puma by Aire
Inflatable Kayaks: Lynx by Aire, Extreme Padillac by Hyside
Whitewater Sit-on-Top Kayaks: Big Yak by Ocean Kayak, Torrent by Perception
Hardshell Whitewater Kayaks: Diesel, Ace, Foreplay by Wave Sports, Huck by LiquidLogic

 

 

Belize kitesurf Glovers Reef

Our location at Long Caye in Belize is a kitesurfing dream come true, especially for beginners taking lessons at our new Vela Kitesurf School. Located out at Glover’s Reef Atoll in southern Belize, we are surrounded by long aprons of coral-free sand flats that extend behind the protecting ring reef of the atoll.

Not only does the reef cut out the chop and swell, but the shallow sand flats allow beginners to have unlimited space to learn and practice kitesurfing skills under the direction of our instructor. The prevailing trade winds blow directly down the flats most of the time, so kitesurf students just do ‘down-winders’ as they progress through their lessons, saving much time in not having to walk back on the flats (waist to chest deep water) to regain ground. But the best aspect of our lesson location is that there are no other kitesurfers or students around, which is a unique situation and saves everyone a lot of trouble in not having to watch out for each other.

Kitesurf lessons Belize

You can see that this is a stunning location to learn kitesurfing. A private island, with warm water, top equipment and instruction, and unlimited space along the shallow sandflats.

One of the most outstanding features of a week on Adventure Island is how multi-sport the experience truly is. Snorkeling is by far my personal favorite, but I love the scuba diving, kayaking, and surfing, too. I never really got the hang of windsurfing on my last trip to the island but I’ll definitely give it another go the next time I visit.

One of the most surprising “sports” I discovered while visiting the island, and something I’ve never heard of being played anywhere else, is something called “the ‘biner game.” Inside the dining hall, under the huge palapa roof, the staff have a simple string hanging down from one of the overhead beams. A carabiner is tied to the bottom of the string around chest high. On the wall opposite is a simple metal hook, at just the right height so that if a person swings the carabiner on the string toward the hook with exactly the right speed and angle, it’s possible to catch the ‘biner on the hook, but anything even slightly off the mark ends with a clean miss or you hit the bottom of the hook and bounce off. With a little patience, finesse and luck, the average beginner gets a successful ‘biner hook after 20 or 30 tries. And then they’re hooked, as in addicted.

After a bit of practice some folks are hooking on every few attempts. And that’s when it gets interesting because there’s a tradition on the island of trying for consecutive hooks — not an easy thing to do. And the elite of the sport compete for the highest number of consecutive hooks. A friend of ours, Bob Walker, is the current reigning champ with eight consecutive hooks — a nearly impossible feat.

Despite the fact that we’ve been playing ‘biner game on the island for over 19 years, I surprised to find that we have no photos of anyone swinging a ‘biner. Lucy searched through thousands of pics hoping to find one to accompany this blog post and … zip!

If you have a photo of the ‘biner game, please post it on our Facebook page or send it to us at slickrock@slickrock.com and we’ll post it here.

Island carabiner game
Thank you Rob Greatrix for sending this photo!
David Paltiel wrote: “That’s crazy… my kids spent so much time playing that carabiner game and this is the only photo I have. It’s not exactly what you’re looking for but the best I can offer…” Dave, we love this picture, even though it doesn’t show the game.
Caribiner game
Scott Eddowes wrote us: “This was the closest thing I have to a picture of the carbine game.” Bingo, Scott!
Island carabiner game win
Larry Arnstein sent a picture too: “Hey, we have a nice picture of the ‘biner! Here it is.” Thanks Larry!

As I posted last week, I was looking for some images in my computer files and found some videos I didn’t realize I had. In 2012 one of our guests – Larry Staples – spent much of his island week filming. And he had great equipment! At the end of the week he gave me everything he had shot. THANK YOU LARRY. I was so impressed with the kayak surfing video that I found initially, that I went through all of his other videos to see what else I had been missing. This video is a fantastic sunset kitesurf session featuring Meg Griffiths, one of our kitesurf instructors and guides.

Ignore the first minute while Larry figures out his camera, it’s worth it.

Belize kitesurf video