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

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.

 

The fact that we have so many different water sports out on Adventure Island means that no matter what the weather in Belize is like on a given day, there are always some of the sports that are perfectly suited for those conditions.

 If the winds are blowing but the surf isn’t up, the conditions are ideal for windsurfing and kiteboarding. If the surf is up but the wind is calm, it’s ideal for surfing, kayak surfing, and stand-up paddleboard surfing. If both the wind and surf are down, those are perfect conditions for sea kayaking, snorkeling and diving.

Kitesurfing Belize

Last December Meg Griffiths, our kitesurf and advanced windsurfing instructor, kept track of wind speeds through the month of December. Sailors visiting us this December will be glad to see it’s a windy month! (photo above by Pete McDermott)

Date

9 am

Noon

3 pm

6 pm

Average

Max Wind Speed

1

21

18

15

16

18

21

2

19

17

18

16

17

19

3

14

13

10

10

12

14

4

15

16

13

10

13

16

5

14

9

11

13

12

14

6

17

16

13

12

15

17

7

16

16

17

16

16

17

8

2

3

1

5

3

5

9

23

18

12

10

16

23

10

1

0

0

1

1

1

11

2

8

11

10

7

11

12

15

19

13

17

16

19

13

15

13

12

13

14

17

14

10

9

5

2

7

10

15

7

5

9

12

8

12

16

6

2

5

4

4

6

17

5

5

4

6

5

6

18

13

9

3

4

7

13

19

12

11

10

11

11

12

20

8

12

4

5

7

12

21

7

6

4

4

5

7

22

8

10

17

19

14

19

23

16

15

10

7

12

16

24

2

11

6

6

6

11

25

19

19

11

12

15

19

26

13

13

10

8

11

13

27

12

15

13

17

14

17

28

14

10

9

11

11

14

29

13

5

11

14

11

14

30

10

13

15

17

14

17

31

13

10

12

15

13

15

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.