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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

Free Events on Galveston Island this Holiday Season

Published: Thursday, December 06, 2018

The island transforms into a “Winter Wonder Island,” as the store-fronts of downtown get blanketed in wreaths, lanterns and, of course, lights. Galveston also hosts several free and discounted events including Santa sightings, public art displays and more. Read more.

Do You Sea Turtles?

Published: Monday, November 26, 2018

Have you noticed pieces of authentic artwork popping up? More specifically, grand sea turtle statues! We can attribute that to a project called “Turtles About Town”. Read more.

The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Holiday Experiences in Galveston

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2018

The holidays are about spending time with your family, and Galveston has no shortage of family-friendly attractions, events and displays! Read more.

Galveston Fishing Rodeo Wraps Up

Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The results are in for the Galveston Fishing Rodeo. The leader board is impressive. Read more.

Inspiration and Education Through Unique Coastal Experiences

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

For 15 years, Artist Boat has brought value to our ocean community and restored coastal and marine habitats, educated the public, regional and local students as well as creating hundreds of pieces of public art!  Read more.

Ling, Stingray, Mangrove Snapper, Atlantic Sharpnose Shark and more.

Published: Friday, October 19, 2018

Our recent deep sea trip catches have included ling, large stingray, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, gulf trout, atlantic sharpnose shark, gafftop, and more.  Read more.

September & October Were Tough, Looking Forward to Better Conditions

Published: Saturday, October 06, 2018

August and most of September were much tougher months to fish than I have seen in all my years fishing our area since 1974, which was 6 years before I began charter fishing. Read more.

And Still They Try!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lorraine is talking about passengers who - in spite of widely-known regulations - continue to attempt to smuggle alcohol aboard a cruise ship. The question is why? Read more.

Three Charters Leading the Galveston Fishing Rodeo

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

A new annual fishing tournament kicked off on Friday, September 28.  The Galveston Fishing Rodeo is open to private and guided anglers and includes daily weigh-ins at the Galveston Yacht Basin. Read more.

Don't Lose It!

Published: Tuesday, October 02, 2018

When a ship returns to its home port late, Lorraine can’t help but wonder how many non-refundable airline tickets will be lost.   Read more.

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