WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: March – August
Summer Air Temp: 14 – 29°C / 58 – 85°F
Summer Water Temp: 28 – 30°C / 82 – 86°F
Restaurant Meal: $10 – 15
Accommodation: $50 – 200 p.p.p.n.
Corpus Christi boasts arguably the largest amount of kite-able days year round in the continental United States. Featuring a wide variety of conditions, from the pristine shallow flat waters of the Laguna Madre to the windy overhead surf on the Texas Gulf Coast, Corpus Christi and South Texas have something for everyone.
PHOTO / Kynan Stevenson
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THE SET-UPCentrally located and a few hours drive from the major metropolitan areas of San Antonio, Austin or Houston, South Padre and from the Mexican/US border, Corpus Christi is known for consistent winds, moderate temperatures and shallow waters. Miles upon miles of coastline is accessible by vehicles and the crowds are almost non-existent. Corpus Christi Bay has almost 200 square miles of area to explore and the locals run a Friday Night Bay Crossing (7 mile round trip) from Wildcat Park to North Beach and back. The barrier island of North Padre down Highway 361 also offers the flat and shallow waters of the Upper Laguna Madre with secluded breaks and downwinder start points further down the beach.
Friendly kiters, a grassy launch and fresh water shower at Violet Andrews Park (Wildcat Park) by the Corpus Christi Bay in Portland when the wind blows SE and ESE during the spring and summer months. Grassy Point by the marina on the Laguna Madre is also popular. Daily access $4 per day at the marina office. The marina (www.BluffsLanding.com) has all services, restrooms, parking and a restaurant/bar on site. The water is only about thigh to waist deep depending on tides with miles of open water.
North Packery and South Packery are the main public access beaches and gathering spots for kiters in Corpus Christi on North Padre Island. North and South are divided by the Packery Channel with corresponding jetties on either side. Cleanest wave faces will be at North Packery in the sping/summer E and SE winds. As frontal winds come in from the N and NE in the winter, South Packery becomes the choice. This is just a taster. Tap up a local kiter for the inside scoop!
WIND, WEATHER AND WATER
Year round kiting here. Prime season is March - August with consistent thermal S and SE winds coming in the early afternoon and increasing into the evening. ‘March Madness’ produces 20+ mph for days on end! Outside of this time you’re still looking at a 19mph average. Cold fronts sweep through South Texas from September - March/April bringing cool air and several days of 20 - 40mph winds from the north, allowing access to some fantastic kiting launches that are not ideal in the spring/summer winds.
Average air temperatures: 58°F / 14°C low to an average high of 85°F / 29°C during the summer. Average water temperatures peak around 82 - 86°F / 28 - 30°C around August/September, dipping to 61 - 70°F / 16 - 21°C in January/February. Boardshorts or spring suit/neoprene top most of the year. Bring warmer layers for the post-session windchill in the winter months, but nothing too serious!
PHOTO / Olga Melhiser Photography
From beachside resort condos to budget motels and RV parks, Corpus Christi has lodgings to fit every budget from $50 - $200 per night.
361KITE operate all year, providing safe and professional lessons for all levels in the Corpus Christi and surrounding South Texas area. Instructors are PASA certified and teach in calm, shallow waters at a student’s own pace. Private or group lessons are available.
+1 (361) 742-7966
Lots to keep the family busy. Highlights include: Texas State Aquarium, the floating battleship museum ‘The Lexington’ and Schlitterbahn Waterpark. There’s also jetskiing or SUP, surfing, fishing trips, dolphin watching, the world class Cole Park skate park or just relaxing by the pool.
PHOTOS / Olga Melhiser Photography
Texas is a big ol’ place so rent a vehicle to get the most out of your stay and hit the multitude of spots.
US Dollar ($) - £1 = $1.5 / €1 = $1.2 Credit and debit cards accepted with ATMs in plentiful supply.
FOOD AND DRINK
All the regular choices and good Mexican restaurants on every corner! Look out for Padre Island Burger Co or Mikel Mays Beachside Bar & Grill at Bob Hall Pier. On the mainland check out Howard’s BBQ and for something different Bamboo Counter and Pho Saigon have great Asian/Vietnamese offerings. The Executive Surf Club is goo d for live music downtown, as well as the House of Rock and Dr. Rockits.
Corpus Christi International airport (CRP) is centrally located and just a short drive to the nearest kite launch and various accommodation options. San Antonio International (SAT) is a 2.5 hour drive and Austin Bergstrom airport (AUS) a 3.5 hour drive.
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