2017-06-01 / Nature/Outdoors

Catch a wave

With water temperatures in the 80s and emerald-green waves often breaking, Port Aransas offers a nice scene for folks who’d like to try their hands at surfing.

Several beach-oriented businesses in Port Aransas offer surfboards for rent and for sale. Surfing lessons also are available, for a fee.

When the wind is blowing hard, kite surfers and windsurfers favor the area between the south jetty and Horace Caldwell Pier.

Some words of caution for beginners:

• Always wear a surf leash – a plastic cord that tethers a surfboard to a surfer’s ankle.

• For safety, beginners should consider renting surfboards with soft foam exteriors rather than hard boards made of fiberglass or plastic.

• Watch out for rip tides that can carry swimmers and surfers far from shore. (If you get caught in one, swim parallel to shore until you get free from the current. Don’t try to swim directly against a rip tide.)

• Consider surfing a distance from Horace Caldwell Pier. You might accidentally run into the pier’s concrete pilings, get tangled in an angler’s fishing line or get into collisions with the experienced surfers who ride there.

• Tropical storms and hurricanes hundreds of miles out in the Gulf of Mexico can produce powerful surf in Port Aransas. That can mean thrilling rides for surfers, but an element of danger also is involved in surf like that, so all surfers should exercise extreme caution under those conditions. Beginners should consider not entering the water at all.

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