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Live views of Starship, SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad, Isla Blanca Beach Park, and the beaches of South Padre Island

Live views of Starship, SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad, Isla Blanca Beach Park, and the Beaches of South Padre Island. All launches will be webcast live here. Media inquiries contact SPadre.com

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The beaches of South Padre Island are simply the best beaches in Texas! There are no privately owned beaches in Texas, so everyone is welcome to enjoy every inch of the entire coast line. There are beach access points every few blocks along Gulf Blvd, or you can go to one of the county beach parks where you'll find pavilions with picnic tables, playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. Travel Channel names South Padre Island as one of America's best beaches for family beach travel. South Padre Island is the finest coastal resort in Texas, with beautiful clean beaches, tall sand dunes, and warm clear clean Gulf waters.

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Overlooking Isla Blanca Beach Park and the South Padre Island Jetties, fishermen, beachgoers and surfers can check daily conditions. Well known as the best surf in Texas, South Padre Island has the biggest, most powerful, most consistent and best shaped waves than anywhere else on the Texas Gulf Coast. Fun surf year-round, with clear water and uncrowded waves make South Padre the #1 surfing destination for Texas surfers. Surfing lessons and surf camps are a popular family activity. If you want to catch the best surf in Texas here at South Padre Island, Spadre.com live surf cams and updated surf report gives you the up-to-the-minute report on conditions, and surf outlook for 3-5 days out.

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Overlooking the Laguna Madre from Louie's Backyard, The waters surrounding our barrier Island provide for many unique opportunities. Swimming, fishing, dolphin watching, sailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, wind surfing, and kite boarding are just a few of the activities taking place daily in the Laguna Madre here at South Padre Island. The Island boasts some of the best fishing in the country. Whether you are going fishing off of the jetty, wade fishing along the beach or bay, going on a bay fishing or offshore fishing charter, you are likely to hook into some red snapper, grouper, redfish, snook, flounder, trout, tuna, marlin and more.

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BEACH, SURF AND FISHING REPORTS


Gene Gore

South Padre Island Beach and Surf Report

by Gene Gore of South Padre Surf Co. Surf School

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019
Island Weather: Partly cloudy, hazy, windy and warm
Wind: SSE @ 15-25
Air Temp: High in the low to mid 80's
Water Temp: 77
Water Clarity: Sandy
Rip Current Risk: Moderate
Seaweed: None
Jellyfish: None
Sunrise: 6:40am Sunset: 8:11pm
Tides: High 7:56am 1.6' / Low 10:53pm -0.3' tide chart / USCG Station SPI
Wave Size: 3-5'
Wave Direction: SE
Mansfield Buoy 42020: 5' @ 8 seconds from ESE / Wind: SE @ 11-15kts
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 6' @ 8 seconds from SE / Wind: SE @ 17-21kts
Dolphin Cove Buoy: Wind: SSE @ 15-19kts
Beach Driving Conditions: Poor
Surf Conditions: 3-5' surf today with SSE wind increasing to 15-25
Surf Forecast: Large SE swell developing through the entire week and into Memorial Day weekend with strong gusty SSE wind
Boating and Marine Forecast: As low pressure deepens across the Southern Plains and North Texas, the pressure gradient strengthens across the lower Texas coast, increasing southeasterly onshore flow at times through most of the week. Small Craft Advisories are in effect late this morning into this evening across the Gulf of Mexico waters. A Small Craft Advisory for Winds is in effect across the Laguna Madre from late this morning into Tuesday morning. A Gale Watch is currently in effect across the Gulf waters from late this evening into Tuesday morning, and will likely be upgraded to a Gale Warning as conditions deteriorate. Hazardous marine conditions are possible through most of the week.
Island Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy, windy and warm through the week
Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports and pictures from local fishing guides

*SPACEX STARHOPPER TESTING RESUMES MAY 28 @ 2PM !! Watch and listen to all upcoming test launches live on SPadre.com Starship Cam. Get the latest SpaceX Boca Chica updates at @SpacePadreIsle

South Padre Island Fishing Charters With Blast to Cast Captain Mike Knox

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Lower Laguna Madre Fishing Report By Blast to Cast Captain Mike Knox


The bay-fishing is picking up as the weather continues to get warmer. Lots of bait is migrating into the Lower Laguna Madre. Speckled trout fishing has been good. Catching some nice solid trout on live bait as well as soft plastic artificial worms. Darker colored worms with chartreuse tails seem to be the ticket. Redfishing has been better in the afternoon once the wind starts blowing. Don’t let the scattered rain keep you from fishing. The bite is only going to get better as the weather and bait migration continue to heat up!

 

 

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND EVENTS


FIREWORKS

All Summer long you can enjoy spectacular fireworks shows over the bay at Louie's Backyard every Thursday and Friday at 9:15PM and over the beach every Friday and Saturday at 9:00PM at the Hilton Garden Inn.

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SUMMER CAUSEWAY RUN

June 1, 2019. This event offer's 10k runners and 5k walkers spectacular views of the beautiful Laguna Madre Bay as they make their way from South Padre Island across the Event & Cultural Center in Port Isabel .

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Summer Surf Camps

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9-12pm All Summer Long. These one day surf camps are fun for all ages!

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SpaceX Hopper Testing

Watch Starship Hopper testing at SpaceX Boca Chica Spaceport live from the SPadre.com Starship Cam.

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TIFT

July 31-August 4, 2019. Surrounded by the sparkling water of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island and Port Isabel play host to Texas' Largest saltwater fishing tournament, the Texas International Fishing Tournament. There's something for everyone at T.I.F.T.!.

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Ladies Kingfish Tournament

August 9-11, 2019. The FIRST all ladies tournament in the State of Texas, is divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of Redfish, Trout and Flounder, while anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of King, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin.

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SPACE PADRE ISLAND™


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Testing continues for SpaceX Starship Hopper near South Padre Island! Watch the testing live on the Starship Cam. Countdown clock set to 2:00PM May 28, 2019. Actual time and date of the next static test fire may differ.

About SpaceX video
Space X Brownsville Launch Pad is located at Boca Chica Beach, just across the Brownsville Ship Channel near South Padre Island
Space X Launch Viewing Areas on South Padre Island include Isla Blanca Beach Park and all beaches along South Padre Island
Space X Launch Live Webcast
Space X Mars Missions
Space X Rockets include the new BFR, Falcon Heavy, Falcon 9, Dragon Capsule and Crew Dragon

SpaceX News

Starship Updates

May 14, 2019 - Starhopper Tests Resume May 28!

The next round of Starhopper/Raptor tests will resume on Tuesday May 28 @ 2pm. You can watch and listen to all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam. Read Here.

 

March 29, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire finally happened!!

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper Raptor occured in the dark at 7:36pm on Wednesday April 3. Watch the video replay on SPadre Youtube Channel. You can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.

 

March 17, 2019 - First Raptor Engine / Hopper Test Fire Monday or later this week.

The first static test fire of the SpaceX Starship Hopper engine will occur Monday March 18 or the following days. Boca Chica will not be accessible to the public for these tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.

 

March 15, 2019 - First Raptor Engine Arrives at Launch Pad Launch Pad

The first Raptor engine was transported by flatbed trailer to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad pre-dawn, but the large crews assembled were quickly sent packing by heavy rain and lightning. Installation of the Raptor in the next few days will be followed by the first staic fire engine tests! Boca Chica will not be accesible to the public for these initial tests, you can watch all tests and launches live on the Starship Cam.

 

March 8, 2019 - Starship Hopper moves to Boca Chica Launch Pad

Starship Hopper prototype was transported by crawler to the SpaceX Boca Chica launch pad early Friday morning, taking only approx 1 hour for Starship's first of many historical journeys! We were the only people there to film this, watch the full video on Youtube

 

February 4, 2019 - Raptor Engine Test Firing Successful

Starship's new Raptor methalox rocket engines are currently being tested in Texas, and will be installed in Starship soon, then launches will begin! Youtube video

 

January 31, 2019 - Launch Pad Construction

Preparations under way to move Starship to the launch pad, with the launch ramp being paved and a new road being constructed near Starship to begin transport to the launch pad! Much new construction currently under way at the launch pad as well. Youtube video

 

January 23, 2019 - Strong Winds Topple Starship Upper Nose Cone

Just before sunrise on Wednesday, a strong cold front blasted through South Texas bringing wind gusts of 50-55mph. The Starship nose cone fairing collapsed to the ground after the mounting blocks failed from the stress. The lower half containing the fuel tanks and engines was undamaged. Elon Musk stated that it would be rebuilt quickly, with little if any delay to upcoming launches. Youtube video of damage .

 

January 20, 2019 - Starship Cam

Watch ongoing construction of Starship and the Boca Chica launch pad live on the new SPadre.com Starship Cam. All launches will be webcast live, and recorded for playback in case you miss it. Starship Cam also overlooks Isla Blanca Beach Park, the closest possible viewing area for Starship launches.

 

January 16, 2019 - Starship and Super Heavy


These scale renders by Kimi Talvitie of Starship Hopper, Starship, Super Heavy booster, Falcon 9, and the full Starship Super Heavy demonstrate the size of the incredibly massive space ship that will be launching here once Hopper tests are complete:

 

January 8, 2019 - Starship Completed

Starship Hopper assembly was completed at Boca Chica today! Youtube video The "Starhopper" is non-orbital, its purpose is only for low altitude vertical launch and landings for the purpose of testing the new Raptor, a staged combustion methane-fueled rocket engine that will power the Starship. Methane can be produced on Mars for refueling and colonization energy needs.

Coming soon! Starship Test Launch

January 5, 2019

Elon Musk announces first Starship Hopper tests at Boca Chica may occur in as little as 4 weeks. Come to South Padre Island and witness the beginning of a new age in space exploration! We will post SpaceX South Texas Starship Launch Schedule as soon as it becomes available.

SpaceX Test Starship Construction Begins

December 24, 2018

Construction of the STARSHIP at SpaceX Boca Chica Space Port this Christmas weekend has stunned the international space community. Elon Musk stated just hours after SPadre.com uploaded to Youtube the first ever views of the STARSHIP, the world's largest space ship, that indeed it was the first model of his Mars rocket, and will be launching much sooner than anticipated, as early as March 2019! Check back for more pictures, videos and articles as progress ramps up. Exciting times ahead for South Padre Island and all space enthusiasts!

FCC Application

December 10, 2018

SpaceX is looking to fly and operate a Research and Development (R&D) Vertical Takeoff, Vertical Landing (VTVL) vehicle at its South Texas location. The vehicle will take off, ascend vertically to a low altitude, and then descend back to its original landing spot. While the vehicle is in the air, it is important to have communications with the vehicle for two main reasons: 1. Downlink: SpaceX can view the data in real‐time and ensure that all parameters remain nominal. 2. Uplink: If there is an anomaly, SpaceX needs the ability to command the vehicle into a safe state (as a backup to its onboard safety systems). Thus, to ensure both a safe and useful test, it is important for SpaceX to maintain a bidirectional RF link between the control center and the vehicle. SpaceX wishes to use the same transmitters on the VTVL vehicle that it uses on its other vehicles. The major difference is that the ERP is reduced on this vehicle by two orders of magnitude. This transmitter has been demonstrated to be very safe and reliable under both flight and test conditions and the regulatory agencies involved (both FAA and FCC) are familiar with the hardware and frequencies. The tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes. Please note that SpaceX is also applying for an experimental permit from the FAA in order to gain permission to run these VTVL tests.

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FAQ

When is the first SpaceX Starship launch?

First Test Launch

March 28, 2019 - Starship Hopper's first test launches will begin in the next few weeks, starting with static fire of engines without liftoff, then very low altitude initial hop tests where the hopper will actually be tethered. Higher altitude launches will likely occur shortly thereafter. Launch schedule and dates will be posted on SPadre.com.

Where is the best place to watch the rocket launches?

Best Viewing Area

South Padre Island is the closest viewing area. Isla Blanca Beach Park on the south end of the Island is the closest possible public viewing area to the Boca Chica launch pad. Many hotels will have excellent viewing from south facing units. Free viewing is available to the public along all beaches. A new ampitheater has been constructed at Isla Blanca Beach Park for viewing rocket launches, and the entire park is currently undergoing massive renovations to a world class beach park.

Is there a live webcast of launches?

Launch Webcasts

All test launches will be livestreamed on SPadre.com Starship Cam, and recorded for replay. SpaceX livestreams all launches of their orbital rockets, but its possible that these frequent Starship hopper tests may not be webcast.

Is there a launch schedule?

Launch Schedule

Test launches will be frequent and possibly unnannounced, but we do have a source for this and will post the launch schedule and dates on SPadre.com. According to the FCC application, the launch tests themselves are divided into low‐altitude and higher‐altitude tests. The low‐altitude tests stay below 500 meters in altitude and last approximately 100 seconds. These tests will be run approximately three times per week during the initial portion of the program. The higher‐altitude tests can go as high as 5 km and will occur approximately once per week. These tests last approximately 6 minutes.

What kind of rocket is launching?

Starship Hopper

The prototype Starship hop test vehicle will be the only rocket launched, until the full scale Super Heavy booster and full scale Starship arrive, possibly by the end of 2019

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