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South Padre Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Crowds: 3.0
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 3.7

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South Padre Island Surf Guide

South Padre Island in Texas is a beach break that has quite reliable surf Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the optimum wave angle is from the southeast. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of - Rips / undertow.

South Padre Island Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
23.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Padre Island:

The best conditions reported for surf at South Padre Island occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf South Padre Island (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Padre Island 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 8% of the time in December while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 39% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
39%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore South Padre Island Location Map

Interactive South Padre Island 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 South Padre Island is Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) in USA, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to South Padre Island is Valley International (Harlingen) Airport (HRL), also in USA, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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South Padre Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 5 December 2020, 00:18 Local Time
FriSaturday 05
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.9
NE
0.7
NE
0.7
NE
0.5
E
Period (s) 6 6 6 8
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 10
NNE 10
N 15
N
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at South Padre Island

Surf stats for South Padre Island, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at South Padre Island

Wind stats for South Padre Island, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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