Creating a World-Class Standup Paddleboard Experience.
I am really excited about our upcoming Coral Islands SUP trip in Belize which is a unique partnership recently formed with Island Expeditions, the leading adventure experts in Belize. This is a premier paddling adventure as the Coral Island SUP trip is the only multi-day, lodge to lodge sup adventure in Belize. The trip was also named Best SUP Odyssey in Outside Magazine’s Best of Travel in 2015.
For a long time Island Expeditions has known that Belize provides the ideal location for an SUP trip with the second longest Barrier Reef in the world. I was fortunate to connect with Island Expeditions a few years ago to start training the guides and to help develop the huge sup potential. Paddlers can look forward to being immersed in Belize’s spectacular marine habitat with its palm studded cayes, coral reefs, mangroves and abundant sea life.
Together, with Island Expeditions we meticulously built the ultimate Belize multi-day stand up paddleboard experience for all levels. The trip combines beginner through advanced skills development, downwind coaching and expert local interpretation, in one of the most incredible tropical marine environments, the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve.
One of the things I enjoy the most in Belize, aside from the incredible ocean environment, is spending the week coaching clients and helping to build their sup skill set. Some guests arrive with little paddling experience and some have more advanced experience in the sport but either way I can accommodate everyone. We start all trips with a flatwater skills session that will get everyone excited and comfortable in this new ocean environment. Coaching will continue throughout the week and there will be opportunities to work on more advanced skill sets like down winding if the right conditions present themselves. Belize is such and amazing place to build confidence and experience while being surrounded by tropical beauty.
I am really happy that I connected a few years ago with owner Tim Boys. In our initial phone conversation I could hear the passion he had for Belize and for the potential of sup with Island Expeditions which got me really excited. My first trip down to Belize was to introduce the sport and the potential for the sport to the staff. We had a lot of fun that first trip but it became very clear to me that Belize would be an ideal international location to run a multi day sup trip. Belize would compliment my other expeditions well. It was obvious that Island Expeditions ran a first class operation, the staff was well trained and the island and reef systems were a paddlers dream. There are so many options for paddling and it’s an amazing country to spend a week in. From my first trip in 2014 to introduce the sport I have continued train and work with the local guides. I am proud to say we now have six Paddle Canada certified Belizean instructors, who focus on safety, technique, interpretation and having fun.
Guests have the option of joining me for our January 28th and February 4th departures where I will be the lead Instructor and trip coordinator. IF those trips dates do not work for you then we also have departures March 11th and April 1st. Although I will not be on those departures our Paddle Canada Certified Belizean guides will be leading the trips and coaching you throughout the week.
If you go:
If you love SUP or just want to build your skills up and bring them to the next level, the Coral Islands SUP trip is for you. This is a 6-night/7-day journey that is ideal for paddlers seeking the adventure of a guided and fully catered SUP trip, combined with the comforts of small lodges in spectacular locations. If you are new to the sport, I recommend you take some beginner classes before you go if that is a possibility, so you can start to build a foundation for the trip.