Galveston (G-Town) is the Northern most surf destination in Texas. It is very popular due to its close geographical distance from Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. The water in Galveston is extremely shallow, and the Continental Shelf extends for miles upon miles on the beaches of Galveston. Rarely do ground swells make it to Galveston, and a longboard will most likely be your surfboard of choice. On stronger swells the beach breaks along the jetties and piers generate size creating solid peaks. You can rip these waves on a shortboard or a longboard.
When venturing from 61st Street Pier along the Galveston Seawall you can find peaks from the pier to the Flagship Hotel. Rock Jetties (groins) hold sand in place creating sand bars, and the surf can range from small blown out junk, to long peeling waves reeling off the jetties. The jetties are the best location for barrels. If you are looking for a quick paddle out, the groins also generally have riptides that will take you out to the lineup.
The most consistent spot in Galveston is the Flagship Hotel Pier (the west side of the pier is better for surfing and is more crowded). You can find both right and left peaks off the T-Head of the pier. Few people surf East of the Flagship. The beach is always crowded, and despite what the surf is doing at the Flagship Hotel Pier, there is always an audience.
The Jetty on the 53rd Street produces surf, and the 37th Street Jetty (37 Dump Street) has a left that can provide some critical sections as well. If you head to the Saint Louis Hotel, the beach break becomes slower and turns to mush.
The west side of the 61st Street Pier has a great outside break with a jetty on the inside bowl. The North side of the jetty produces better surf, and you will find more shortboarders in the lineup.
Heading Southwest from Galveston to Surfside Beach, you will find some waves near Pirate’s Beach, Bermuda Beach, and Jamaica Beach. After that there are miles of beach break towards the San Louis Pass, where the currents are extremely dangerous, and there are also sharks. So it is advised to stay clear.
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