South Padre Island offers up some of the best conditions for any kite boarder or windsurfer wishing to pick it up for the first time, or expert level rider wanting to kick it up a notch and push the limits.
SPRING - March, April, May, June
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES: 60 - 75 F
Pretty consistent out of the south, southeast, and east as the water temperatures are still cool, but land temperatures can rise pretty high. We still get cold fronts that reach this far south so the winds will shift out of the north to northeast after they pass on through. Those winds usually last between 2-4 days, then subside drastically and switch back around from the southern direction.
TIP: Winds will pick up from the south a day or two before a cold front hits. This is a good time to do down-winders!
SUMMER - July, August, September
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES: 75 - 84 F
Summer will still offer up some good south winds here and there but this time of year is generally lighter.
FALL - October, November
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES: 75 - 80 F
Fall will also send some decent winds every now and then, but as the summer, can be quite calm. Wait for the cold fronts!
WINTER - December, January, February
AVERAGE WATER TEMPERATURES: 55 - 65 F
Cold fronts start to reach South Padre Island as early as October and November. Cold fronts will
ON THE BAY SIDE
The Laguna Madre offers a wide expanse of waist to chest deep waters that
are ideal for learning or honing your skills. This, matched up with consistent winds year-round, easy water entry/exit, and convenient parking (in the flats) makes this area an easy choice for most.
ON THE GULF SIDE
This should be for those who have more experience and not for beginners. You need to be a good swimmer too! It is not uncommon for people to lose their boards or have other issues while far out in the water. A long swim back to shore may be necessary.
The Jetties on the Gulf
side is a good location if your into wave riding and jumping. You'll find easy and convenient parking at the first or second parking lots, and you'll have access to restrooms and showers. There is a daily fee of $5.00 or you can get a year-round parking pass for approximately $55.00 at the Cameron County offices located on the right-hand side before reaching Isla Blanca, in front of the KOA Campground.
If the winds
are light then a quick trip to Holly Beach in Laugna Vista can be a good option.