Spring is a great time to go surfing in Port Aransas.
You’ll likely need a wetsuit to stay warm, but the waves can be wonderful this time of year.
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 cord that tethers a surfboard to a surfer’s ankle.
• For safety, beginners should consider renting or buying surfboards with soft foam exteriors rather than hard boards made of fiberglass or plastic.
• If you’re not an expert surfer, you shouldn’t go out too far from shore. That’s especially the case when the waves are big. When the waves are huge, you should consider not getting into the water at all.
• Watch out for rip tides that can carry swimmers and surfers far from shore. (If you get caught in one without flotation, swim parallel to shore until you get free from the current. Don’t try to swim directly against a rip tide, because it could exhaust you.)
• 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 accidentally get into collisions with the experienced surfers who ride there.