2018-03-01 / Nature/Outdoors

Spring offshore winds bring near-perfect waves for surfing


The area between the Horace Caldwell Pier and the south jetty is a favorite area for surfers to catch a wave. The area between the Horace Caldwell Pier and the south jetty is a favorite area for surfers to catch a wave. Spring can be one sweet time to go surfing in Port Aransas, with Gulf waters warming up but offshore winds still sculpting waves to near-perfection.

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.

• You likely will want to wear a wetsuit to stay warm in spring’s waves. The type of wetsuit depends on how cool the water is.


The 13th annual ArtFest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. Artists and craftsmen will sell their wares from booths. Live music is planned and food vendors will be set up as well. The art center and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau sponsor this annual event. The 13th annual ArtFest is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27. Artists and craftsmen will sell their wares from booths. Live music is planned and food vendors will be set up as well. The art center and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau sponsor this annual event. • Don’t go far from shore when the waves are big. When the waves are huge, consider not going out at all.

• 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.

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