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Galveston is a great place to learn to surf and is best with a longboard. However, on certain swells, good dumpy spots can be found for shortboard use. Galveston offers something for everyone.

Good and friendly

Additional Info:
Galveston Island has several spots to surf. The Galveston Seawall from the 61st Street Pier to the Flagship Hotel Pier offers many surfing spots. Short rock groins protrude from the Seawall every few hundred yards, offering protection from currents and holding the sand in place for sandbars. The surf can range from small, blown out chop to long peeling lines hundreds of yards past the groins. Usually there is a dumping wave right at the end of the groins. Paddling out next to the groins in the rip tide makes for an easy paddle. The Flagship Hotel Pier is probably the best spot in Galveston, offering long right and left peaks off the T-Head of the Pier. 37th Street Jetty offers a steep ledgy left on the same swell. Down by the San Louis Hotel you will find slower beachbreak waves and the 61st Street Pier offers a good outside pier take off with a jetty protected inside bowl. Then there are miles of beach break south to San Louis Pass, a very dangerous spot with strong currents and many sharks as all
of Galveston Bay empties into the Gulf of Mexico here. The water is very shallow in Galveston as the Continental Shelf extends out for miles and miles here. Galveston rarely gets true ground swell and is usually best with a longboard.


Take I-45 South from Houston over the bridge over the Intracoastal Canal to Galveston, take a right on 61st street to the Seawall.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
DirectionRight and left
PowerOrdinary, Fun, Powerless
FrequencyDon't know
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 12ft
TideAll tides
Tide movementRising and falling tides
WeekFew surfers

Rips / undertow, Man-made danger (buoys etc..)



Nearby spots
Jamaica Beach

2.59 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Regular (100 days/year)
Galveston - Flagship

4.36 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)
Galveston - Stewart Beach

10.63 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)