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South Padre Island | Texas

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South Padre Island

WHEN TO GO

Peak Season: March – June

Summer Air Temp: 32°C / 90°F

Summer Water Temp: 25°C / 77°F

 

AVERAGE COSTS

Beer: $4

Restaurant Meal: $15

Accommodation: $35 per night

 

USEFUL CONTACTS

PROKITE SOUTH PADRE

ProKite South Padre

www.prokitesouthpadre.com

info@prokitesouthpadre.com

+1 554 5483 (855 SPI KITE)

AIR PADRE KITEBOARDING

Air Padre Kiteboarding

www.airpadrekiteboarding.com

info@airpadrekiteboarding.com

+1 956 299 9463

 

Kitesurfing South Padre Island

"Steady wind and a good ol' southern vibe. A great place to go and kite your brains out and there's some fun surf too!"

Sky Solbach, North Kiteboarding shaper

 

THE LURE

A truly classic USA destination. You name it; South Padre Island has it! This small beach city’s focus is on outdoor activities. Superb wind, a million acres of flat, shallow, warm Gulf waters, warm air and water temperatures as well as a lack of crowds make this a kiter’s dream (although you’ll definitely find a good party!).

 

Flats and waves at South Padre Island / PHOTOS: ProKite South Padre

 

Kiteboarding South Padre Island

THE SET-UP

The island runs almost straight north to south and is less than a mile wide. Choose from head-high, peeling waves in the Gulf of Mexico or standing depth, butter-flats across over a million acres of open water in the Laguna Madre Bay. The main Laguna Madre launches are just north of town, the first being the shallow, sandy South Flats which is excellent in northeast to northwest winds, and wherever you put your kite down you’ll be able to touch the bottom.

The north flats work in any wind direction but cost $20 per month or $30 per year for access. Buy a pass and get info at the kite shops who can also take you on downwinders to where it’s blowing the hardest, usually the middle of eight mile bay. For waves the Gulf of Mexico has 15 miles of coastline with side-shore winds, delivering chest to headhigh, steep, fast, fun waves.

Intermediate to advanced riders can shred chest to head-high, steep, fast and smack- able waves. Pitching more on the inside and remaining mellower beyond the first couple of sand bars, you can really choose your desired gradient. Do a downwinder, hop in a cab and do it all again!

 

Head-high, and charging / PHOTOS: ProKite South Padre

 

South Padre from above / PHOTOS: City of South Padre Island

 

South Padre Island, TX (SPI) - Kiteboarding Spots

WIND, WEATHER & WATER

The winds average 17 knots all year! The busiest kite seasons are spring (March to June with ridiculously consistent thermals mid-summer) and fall/autumn (September to November) when the weather and water temperatures are still warm. August through early October is tropical hurricane season and can be unpredictable.

As cold fronts approach between September and November from northern states, the south winds are sucked in from the Caribbean, often blowing 20 knots for several days. Approaching north fronts can see the direction switch 180 degrees and produce ballistic northerlies up to 35+ knots. April to November is fine for boardshorts or a light wetsuit. Summer temps can reach 32°C / 90°F. The year-round average water temperature is around 25°C / 77°F. Bring all your kites – you’ll use ‘em!

 

South Padre Island Texas Kiteworld Travel
PHOTO / Air Padre Kiteboarding

ACCOMMODATION

All you’d expect for a destination resort set-up for tourism, from budget motels to houses for the family.

SCHOOLS

PROKITE SOUTH PADRE teaches year-round all levels of kiteboarding using top of the line gear, radio helmet and jet-ski support for every lesson. They also offer supervision, gear rental, gear sales, guided tours, pro-clinics and camps, and photo / video services.

Accredited by: IKO / PASA

 

www.prokitesouthpadre.com / info@prokitesouthpadre.com / +1 541 490 6872

 

ProKite South Padre shop and school van / PHOTOS: Pro Kite South Padre

 

AIR PADRE KITEBOARDING is the premier centre on SPI, offering camps and lessons, beginner – advanced, year round. Support boats and radio helmets for every student. Surfing, SUP, kayaking and wakeboarding also offered, as well as a kite repair service and large selection of multi-sport rental gear.

Accredited by: IKO and PASA

www.airpadrekiteboarding.com / info@airpadrekiteboarding.com / +1 956 299 9463

 

Air Padre Kiteboarding staff and rental equipment / PHOTOS: Air Padre Kitebaording

NO WIND

South Padre Island is a destination resort very much set-up for tourism, entertainment and activities. You'll find the best surf in the Gulf of Mexico. Scuba diving, snorkelling, SUPing, jet-skiing, dune buggies, fishing, sailing, sky diving and dolphin watching are also great fun.

If you want to explore further afield, head 30-minutes inland where you’ll find Brownsville with more options.  A $3 cab will take you to any place or activity on the island, and the Mexican border is just 15 miles south for the truly adventurous.

 

South Padre Island Tourism - Turtles, Beaches, Sandcastles & Surfing

GET AROUND

A hire car is great to have but not a must since there is a free shuttle-bus called the ‘Wave’ going up and down the island all day. Cabs are cheap and even a rented beach cruiser bike would get you to most places you'd need to go since everything is close by.

 

CURRENCY

US Dollar ($) - £1 = $1.5 / €1 = $1.2

 

FOOD & DRINK

Driving down Padre Blvd, look out for Blackbeard’s Padre Island Brewing Co. and Captain Roy’s D’Pizza Joint. Three supermarkets for self catering. Nightlife is at the south end of the island with bars lined side-by-side - try Louie’s Backyard or Wanna Wanna. Best views of the technicolour sunsets with tasty cocktails at Laguna Bob’s, Tequila Sunset or Palm St. Pier. More conveniences etc. are a 30-minute drive inland to Brownsville.

 

ProKite South Padre - Food & Drink

PHOTO: ProKite South Padre

 

AIRPORT

Brownsville airport (BRO) is 30 minutes inland, Harlington airport (HRL) is 45 minutes away and McAllen (MFE), 90.

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