Kiteboarding Belize...wow. Over the years I've seen plenty of crazy people doing this sport and thinking they were bat shit crazy. Likely they are - but I hope to count myself among them! I had many preconceptions about this sport that have vastly been proven wrong. An absolutely enormous thank you to Andy with Belize Sailing Center and Audrius the KiteXplorer instructor in San Pedro, Belize. Thank you so much for the invite - awesome experience and I will continue my kite education. There are so many great learning opportunities through this great organization - www.belizesailingschool.com
I've always been into some semi-extreme action sports; snowboarding and mountain biking. So putting a board on my feet and going fast is nothing new - and water is softer than snow right?! Not so much. Audrius said, during my lesson, that I had the best kite control by a first day student he had ever seen. Was this a move to boost my ego and get a good review? If so - it worked. But I was amazed at how well I was able to feel the kite and know what to so to get it where I needed it to be.
I've decided to tail the tale via my busted misconceptions about this sport.
|Super easy and super quick rigging|
|tacogirl.com - Audrus keeping her from|
|Taking a stroll on the beach with 'teach'|
Misconception 3 - I'm gonna slam into Caribbean Villas trying to learn this thing. HECK NO. We were taken to the back side of Ambergris Caye to this HUGE area in the flats. There was a beach, sand bar and endless amounts of real estate to allow the kite to body drag us in waist deep water. No hotels or docks to worry about, no deep water to struggle in. Tons of space where we didn't have to worry about people or things - just us and our instructor. Something else missing - NO Sargasso!! The water was clean and free of the evil weed.
Embarrassing moment of the day - during one of my body drags I hit a shallow part of the sandbar, drug my waist on it...shorts hit my knees. I'm happy to say I maintained kite control and got my pants up before anyone noticed.
|No one around to worry about - can|
learn all over this place!!