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South Padre Island

South Padre Island

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nice clean, dry beach (usually). park and ride next to the water. super flat, best winds in N, NW, S. SE is a little wind shadowed on the inside, but 150m out it is steady.
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wicked kiteboarding destination. butter flat water all over the place, super steady wind, lots of 7m lit days, and awesome 5 - 15 mile surf downwinders all day long. It is hot, sunny and windy.
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Great spot for learning, you can stand for a mile. Wind Direction doesn't matter for learning since you can walk back and get Jet Ski support if needed. Also, inexpensive hotels and food.
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is there wind in jan/feb? what are the stats? Thanks. G
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Kitesurfing on South Padre Island


Situated on the southeastern tip of Texas by the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island, is a favourite holiday destination for many kitesurfers. SPI - the shorter version people generally use - features beautiful white beaches, warm waters, great wind conditions and many activities.

Freeriding at Laguna Madre


The island is basically a long sandbar which separates the mainland from the Gulf of Mexico. This means a great mix of kitesurfing conditions is available, varying from great waves on the Gulf, to calm waters on the western side of the island, in the Laguna Madre. This lagoon is a perfect place for beginners, as water is often waist deep and flat like butter. In addition, the huge, sandy beaches offer safe and easy access.

Wave riding in the Gulf of Mexico


On the other side, the Gulf of Mexico produces choppy waters in combination with waves (2-6 feet high). There are several great spots available here: The Jetty is a perfect spot for wave riders, located at the southern tip of SPI. This is usually the best place for long downwinders, possible all the way to Wanna Wanna Beach bar, the most popular spot at the Gulf side.

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    South Flats

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    The Jetty at Isla Blanca Park

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Climate

The best time to visit SPI is between February-May or between October and November. In these periods, the winds are very reliable and the spots not too busy (as in summer). Avoid the hurricane season between August and October when the wind is a less reliable. Water temperatures vary greatly (between 18-29°C / 64-82°F ), meaning full wetsuits in winter and shirts only in summer.

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Getting there

There are three airports nearby SPI: Brownsville is the closest one at half an hour by car. Harlingen is only a little further (45 minutes) and McAllen is also within good reach (90 minutes).

Getting around

SPI has a decent public transportation system, but we advise you to hire a car as it's relatively cheap, starting at c. US$20 per day.

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    Pearl South Padre

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    Wanna Wanna Inn

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    Padre South Hotel

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    La Copa Inn

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    Motel 6 South Padre Island

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    Prokite South Padre

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