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Horace Caldwell Pier Surf Guide

Horace Caldwell Pier in Texas is a quite exposed beach/Pier break that has reasonably consistent surf. The optimum conditions for surfing are during the hurricane season. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Waves more likely to be from local windswells than distant groundswells and the ideal wave direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Beware of rips, obstacles, sharks and jellyfish.

Horace Caldwell Pier Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Horace Caldwell Pier:

The best conditions reported for surf at Horace Caldwell Pier occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Horace Caldwell Pier (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Horace Caldwell Pier with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in December while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Horace Caldwell Pier surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Horace Caldwell Pier is Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP) in USA, 45 km (28 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Horace Caldwell Pier is Kingsville Nas Airport (NQI), also in USA, 84 km (52 miles) away.

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Horace Caldwell Pier Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 December 2022, 00:20 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross cross-

Swell History at Horace Caldwell Pier

Surf stats for Horace Caldwell Pier, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Horace Caldwell Pier

Wind stats for Horace Caldwell Pier, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Horace Caldwell Pier Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Orchard from United States
“Caldwell is the easiest break on Padre Island. On a good day you may have to combat the current at the pier, and you will have to paddle a good ways past the pier for the best waves but the waves are easier to catch, duck dive and ride than any other spot on the island. Superb location for beginners; the waves don't barrel and you can ride multiple sections of face/whitewater across three sandbars.

The biggest problem is catching it on a good day. Winter is the best time to surf, followed by spring. From May until October it is relatively flat with the only exception being the occasional tropical storm or windswell. The pier closes during storms, which is a plus. They leave the gate open for surfers to jump off the pier; excellent for bigger days. And for the record the pier serves the best burgers in Texas. Not to mention you can add a boiled crab to your order for $3.”

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