We are always wondering what is next in the never ending development of new water sport equipment. Well, once again we are surprised and excited to find the latest: a giant paddleboard big enough to hold 6 people! Several companies have already come out with these 18’ long inflatable boards, which can be used for flatwater paddling and even surfing. We are planning to get one for next season, it should be great on our wave.
The internet is amazing. When we first moved to Long Caye in 1996, there were no on-line tools for watching the wind and waves off the coast of Belize. Now there are a whole host of websites that we watch to check the swell and wind. If you are planning a Belize surfing trip, you will want to check out the sites that we use.
Magic Seaweed! Our #1 favorite (screen shot in the image above), you can check swell, wind, sea temperature, pressure and period.
Swellwatch This one is cool because the maps are actually zoomed in to Belize.
Swellwatch also has a satellite image for the entire Caribbean coast.
And I love the graphics on Stormsurf, look at the waves streaming through the channel between Hispanola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands!
Swellinfo We also regularly refer to this one, even though it has Cancun surf, not Belize. We have to extrapolate a bit to use it.
Are There Belize Surf Spots? Short Answer: Yes, One.
(If you want all the details, you can click straightaway to the main surf page of Slickrock Adventure Island’s website)
It is not widely known that a good surf location exists in Belize, and in fact if one inquires about a good surf break they will invariably get an answer that such a spot does not exist. However, this is not the case, for there is surfing in Belize at a prime break located at Long Caye out at Glover’s Reef.
The windward end of Long Caye is owned by Slickrock Adventures, and it is off this point of the island that a channel though the ring reef of the atoll sets up a nearly perfect surf break. Swells coming in from the Caribbean hit the point of this break in the reef, and roll on through another 200 yards of sloping shoal before dissipating. The shoal is composed of broken coral rubble, not live coral, which has been deposited in the lee of the reef. This forms a safe sea floor on which surfers can walk in the shallower zone, and falling off the break poses no danger in the deeper water since there are no sharp, protruding coral heads in the break zone.
The swells vary in size from an average of 3-4’ but often will break with a 6-8’ face when it has been windy. The NE Trade Winds blow fairly strong and are reliable, so there is almost always a break to surf. The wave begins in 8-10’ of water and rolls with a right shoulder break for several hundred yards on a good day. Surfers can thus enjoy a fairly long ride before the wave finally dissipates in the shallow water near the island.
Slickrock provides surf boards, surf kayaks, and stand-up boards as part of our surfing program, which has been enormously popular with our guests. See these links to our website for more information on the break and pictures of the action: