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There is a quote Galveston surfers often use - "If you can surf in Galveston, you can surf anywhere!" By this they mean it is hard to surf there because of the Texas coast's bad reputation for producing small, choppy, inconsistent surf. Surfers have long been known to try to keep the best spots to themselves, and this adage exemplifies the tradition of surfers trying to downplay good spots, such as Galveston. Although not a world-renowned surfing mecca, for the committed, there are definitely those perfect days that make it all worthwhile.

Galveston is the highest place on the Texas coast that gets fairly consistent surf. The Texas coast gets a lot of wind, and kite surfing and wind surfing are very popular as well. The system of sandbars and troughs, coupled with the shallow bottom, causes a thin-walled wave. Because of this, the waves are usually small and gentle- an overhead day is not common.

That said, when a storm system enters the Gulf, or right after one of the many frontal systems that move through the area, there can be days of long, glassy, beautiful, sizable surf that rivals the surf anywhere. Summer is very inconsistent, but the rest of the year, particularly in the spring, it's definitely worth the effort. Because they have to stay tuned into the constantly changing conditions to get the big payoff, surfers in Galveston are among the most committed in the world.

The most consistent spots are along the Seawall, where there are 15 rock jetties and several fishing piers. The most popular breaks are near 25th Street, and near the 37th , 47th, 51st, and 61st Street jetties. In the summer months surfing is allowed on the west end of the island at the beach access roads and between the Flagship pier and 53rd Street. These are called "multi-use areas" and permit surfboards, hard-bottomed boogie boards, wind and kite surfers, other hard-bottomed craft. The area near the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier at 25th is usually a slower, wave that is great for beginners and long boarders, and 37th street is a more performance oriented, aggressive wave.

Inexperienced surfers should stay away from the piers and jetties and not surf on days the Galveston Beach Patrol flies a red flag. Leashes are required on the Seawall beaches during the summer months. All surfers should be familiar with the "multi-use area" regulations in Chapter 8 of the city code. Questions can be directed to the Galveston Beach Patrol at beachpatrol@galvestonparkboard.org.

From the Blogs

Galveston Beach Parks Now Open

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

The time has come! Stewart Beach and East Beach's gates are now open for business. Hours, pricing and more can be found here. Read more.

Galveston Island Events April thru May 2019

Published: Monday, March 11, 2019

With all of the festivals and events that take place in Galveston, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up! Here's a list of events taking place in the next few months: Read more.

Head to Galveston This Spring Break for Beaches, Historical Attractions

Published: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Spring break is right around the corner which means flocks of Texans will be saying goodbye to winter as they head to the beach. Galveston’s beach parks will open March 9, and that’s just the beginning of what visitors can experience on the island this season. Read more.

Sheepshead - The Fish With Human Teeth

Published: Monday, March 04, 2019

The coming sunshine coincides with the annual abundance and excitement of fishing for Sheepshead, an often misunderstood and funny looking fish with teeth similar to humans. Read more.

Beautify the Bucket Competition Returns

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Artist Boat is hosting its 5th Beautify the Bucket Competition this spring. Individual, groups, and families can claim and paint a trash barrel destined for Galveston Beaches. Read more.

Love the Ocean? So do we.

Published: Thursday, January 03, 2019

A teenager's perspective of Galveston Harbor tours and seeing dolphins. Read more.

Debarkal Debacle

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I have no idea why passengers think that if they’re the first in line they’ll be the first off the ship. THERE IS A SYSTEM TO DEBARKATION!!!! Read more.

Take to the Waves - It's Wave Season!

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you’re thinking of nice warm sunshiny islands about now.....it’s the time to book that cruise for 2017! The “Wave” Season is here! Read more.

A Cruise From Hell?

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Have you ever been on what you would call a “cruise from hell?”  Lorraine has – it was a 13-day repositioning Galveston/Tampa via Aruba over the Christmas/New Year holidays. Read more.

Deal or No Deal?

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

If you're going to cruise, and if you like to imbibe – check your cruise lines packages.  Read more.

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