Ask 10 surfers who aren’t from Texas about surfing in Texas, and the odds are that 9 or 10 of them will say “isn’t that where you surf behind tankers”? The answer is yes, well yes and no. There is great surfing in Texas, but Texas surfers do have the premiere spot to be when it comes to tanker surfing in the Galveston Ship Channel. We were stoked on this great video from Crashboat Johnny, who covers a day in the life of tanker surfing in G Town. As mentioned in Johnny’s Texas Tanker surfing video, the length of the tanker wave depends on the speed and draft of the ship, and the ships in the video were carrying 4 giant cranes and was moving fast, the result a 15 minute wave!
Their captain James Fulbright follows you on the wave, and then picks you up when the ride is over. When tanker surfing the tankers are often very far away, where as in the pictures and images that you may see they look much closer. Other cool facts about tanker surfing, you can bring your own video camera to catch all of the footage from your tanker surfing experience, and you most likely will surf the longest wave of your life! Some of the waves come close to the shore and rocks along with out in the bay, but your captain will make sure that you stay clear of the dangers that are involved with tanker surfing in Texas. You can find out more information about Tanker Surfing in Texas at www.tankersurfcharters.com, or call James at 409-763-5422, or stop by surf specialties surf shop in G-Town.
Marshfrog Studios Presents A Day in the Life – Tanker Surfing Galveston Bay. This is a compilation of stills and videos of with James Fulbright and Tanker Surf Charters, Galveston, Texas. Soundtracks from Crashboat Johnny & the Pirates and the Fort Point Troubadours.
One of our good friends over at Wavecation went Tanker Surfing awhile back, and he had a blast. Here is footage from Matt’s trip and an excerpt from his full post about tanker surfing in Texas on his blog post.
“So how was it? Very unique! The waves are not really a high performance wave, but they are looooong. Have you ever surfed a river wave, or even wake surfed? The feeling is very similar to surfing but it’s just a little different, right? That’s how the tanker waves felt, you were really surfing, it just felt a little different. The push was different. It really was a treat to have time to stop and look around and think about things while surfing. The rides are a mile or more long, granted you’re good enough to stay in the sweet spot. Back to the wake surf analogy, there was kind of a sweet spot in the wave, just like when you wakesurf. Sometimes the sweet spot was 100 yards across, sometimes it was 5 feet, and sometimes it moved quickly away from you. The tanker waves respond to the shallow bottom contour of the bay and as it changes the wave mirrors the change requiring you to always be watching and feeling for the best position to stay in.”