Catch a Wave in the Gulf of Mexico
Surfing In Galveston
Texas might not be the first place you think of when talking
about surfing locations, but the waves might surprise you. There are several
good spots for surfing in Galveston, especially in the winter months, but you
may find some nice waves year round. This is a great activity that can be both
relaxing and adrenaline-inducing, all while giving a great means of exercise.
You probably won’t even notice just how much exercise it is because of all the
fun you’ll be having.
The waves might be less consistent and more choppy on the
Texas coast, but for local and state surfers, Galveston’s
beaches allow great access to the waves. With over 32 miles of
beaches, there are many places you could go to catch a wave. One of the most
popular spots for surfing is around Pleasure Pier. It’s hard to beat the view you’ll have while
surfing near this historic landmark. Also, along the Seawall Blvd, surfers tend
to flock to the jetties, located at 37th, 47th, 51st, and 61st Streets. Another
secret among surfers is riding the waves from large tanker ships, as Galveston
has plenty of those coming and going to the many ports on the island.
If you’re just getting into surfing, in Galveston there are
several places you can go to take lessons. You can feel at ease learning the
basics to get you comfortable on the board. Learn about the waves, the styles
of surfing, how to take care of a surfboard, and more with some super fun
classes. C-Sick, Ohana Surf & Skate, and good Vibes Surf Lessons are a few
popular places that can get you started. Some people get the hang of it
after just a couple hours, while some may struggle for a little longer. For those
that are thinking of throwing in the towel, just remember to keep on trying to
stay on the board and keep on having fun! You might surprise yourself and be
hanging ten in no time! Ohana Surf Camp is a great experience for children aged
6-17 years old that want to learn how to surf. These are held in the summer
season and Galveston’s Beach Patrol Lifeguards monitor it. For those young and
old that surfing might be too intense for, boogie-boarding and paddle-board
surfing are other fun modes of transportation in the water.
There are many places on the island you could pick up a
surfboard, including Academy, Southern Spears Surf Shops, Strictly Hardcore
Surf Specialites, and Ohana Surf & Skate are among the many locations to
purchase a good surfboard or other surfing gear.
Things to Remember
Now that you know where to get the gear and where to surf,
you’re ready to hit the waves! While you’re out there, keep these things in
Watch out for jellyfish. Jellyfish can sometimes
be a nuisance in this area and cause irritation if you’re stung, so keep a look
out for them.
Stay hydrated! Surfing is more physically
demanding than you might think. It’s great exercise so you need to remember to
keep drinking fresh water.
Be patient… Great waves don’t come around all
the time, so the important thing is to be patient and enjoy the water while
you’re out there. Waiting for that perfect ride can be enjoyable too, if you
There’s also an annual dog surfing competition in Galveston that’s just too fun
and interesting NOT to see if you get the chance! If you need a place to stay
for your Galveston surfing excursion, Ryson Vacation
Rentals can help. We have a wide selection of vacation rentals,
from condos to beachfront
homes, to properties in town near the popular surfing locations.