Kiteboarding Belize at sunsetI receive a lot of pictures by email from people just getting home from the island. I save most of them and use some of them, but it can take a while for me to deal with these messages. Because I am going to Belize this weekend, I am trying to clean out my inbox. I JUST looked at the pictures that Jenn Workman sent to me back in May (sorry about the delay Jenn!) Jenn was on our first ever Belize island wedding charter. One of her pictures is (as they say) UNBELIZEABLE. Belize kitesurfing at sunset. Wow.

Going out to the sand flats for the first kitesurf lesson of the season!
Going out to the sand flats for the first kitesurf lesson of the season!

Slickrock’s new Vela kitesurf school started up this past week with our first guests of the season. After completing the new cabin and setting up our Vela windsurf and kitesurf equipment, we then scouted out locations around the atoll. Meg Griffiths, our new instructor, will be spending the season on the island with us. A top competitor and professional instructor, Meg has instructed kitesurfing in Brazil, South Africa, UK, and Turkey. She travels the world kitesurfing; we are EXCITED to have her join our staff.

Rigging the kiteMeg reports that our location is perfect for lessons for all levels of students, where they can enjoy the warm 80 degree water and nearly constant winds. Only one-half mile from the island is a large area where the water is chest deep or less. With no currents or tidal exchange, this calm area is a great place to learn.

Launching the kiteOur extensive sand flats are not only perfect for teaching conditions, but Meg says she has never been able to teach in such a wide-open area with no other kitesurfers, windsurfers, or other instructors teaching nearby. This creates an ideal situation for students to learn all the basics of kiteboarding: kite control, bodydragging, and board riding. And no worries of competing kitesurf “traffic”!

We're flying!Slickrock’s Vela school is also offering great first season rates of only $50/hour for lessons if you share your lessons with one other student. This is far below what most kitesurf schools charge, and few other locations can match our pristine, uncrowded conditions. Come take advantage of our first season excitement! Be among the first to learn kitesurfing at Glover’s Reef Atoll. And if the wind doesn’t suit you, well there’s always sea kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, unbelievable snorkeling, and a dive shop right on the island.

Join us in Belize for perfect kitesurfing conditions!

Belize wind graphWe have recently assembled a wind graph for the island using statistics from a virtual buoy weather site located near the island. This location uses stats extrapolated from other, surrounding weather stations with actual instruments, and we were able to find 12 years of stats on the wind. From this we were able to create a graph of the average wind speeds we experience on the island, based on number of days above 15 mph and days above 20 mph. As a new member of the network of Vela Windsurf Resorts, we needed to know a more accurate account of the winds we see at the atoll.