My Three Favourite Items for Paddling in Belize

My Three Favourite Items for Paddling in Belize

This week I leave for Belize to guide our seven day Coral Islands Stand up Paddleboarding trip with Island Expeditions. The sun is intense and I make sure I have these key pieces of gear to help protect me on the water.

1. SHELTA SUN HAT: Last fall while down at the Pacific Paddle Games in California I met Jurgen Schulz, owner of Shelta Hats and he passed along one of his Osprey Hats, specifically designed for standup padding and paddle surfing. I was amazed at how comfortable and cutting edge this sun hat was. Jurgen and team designed this “no flop” sun hat with patent pending Winged Vision Visor that prevents the brim from flopping in your face even when it gets wet or windy. This hats a game changer for sure. Perfect for Belize. #sheltayahead

2. BUFF: Is the Original Multifunctional Headwear that offers styles for almost any activity, weather and taste. My first year in Belize I burned the back of my neck pretty good and since then I have brought a buff down with me. These buffs can be worn a variety of different ways and are lightweight, easy to pack and really handy on a warm water trip. You will find multiple uses for this sweet piece of gear.

3. POLARIZED SUNGLASSES: Investing in a good pair of polarized sunglasses will really help you protect your eyes while in the tropics. On top of that the polarization brings the stunning coral reefs alive with great clarity and the ability to see all of those amazing tropical marine species from the deck of your sup enhancing your experience and connection to the water. I have always used Maui Jim Sunglasses as a fishing guide on the BC coast, they are expensive but are worth the money and last.


If your looking for an incredible last minute tropical paddling adventure we still have spaces available on our January 27th and February 4th Coral Islands departure.

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See you on the water,


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