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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: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Island Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy and warm
Wind: SSE @ 10-15
Air Temp: 80's
Water Temp: 81
Water Clarity: Clear green
Rip Current Risk: Moderate
Seaweed: None
Jellyfish: None
Sunrise: 7:30am Sunset: 6:57pm
Tides: +1' above normal Low 2:18pm 0.3' / tide chart / USCG Station SPI
Wave Size: 2-3' building
Wave Direction: ENE
Mansfield Buoy 42020: 3' @ 8 seconds from E / Wind: SSE @ 15-19kts
200 Mile Buoy 42002: 4' @ 9 seconds from ENE / Wind: SSE @ 9-11kts
Dolphin Cove Buoy: Wind: S @ 9-13kts
Beach Driving Conditions: Fair
Surf Conditions: Small swell from Nestor this morning with south wind around 10-15, another pulse of longer period swell building midday.. Good luck to Micah, Devin and David, drove all night to catch Pensacola at its best today, current conditions there - 12-14' @ 10-11 seconds with straight offshores all day, can't wait to hear about it boys!1 - update - "best barrels we've ever seen, big and blue and perfect with straight offshores.." Going to have to write up a story about this trip after they get home!
Surf Forecast:
Here comes fall with a series of cool fronts and large surf through the week!
Boating and Marine Forecast: Light to moderate winds and low to moderate seas can be expected through tonight. The next cold front arrives on Monday with elevated winds and seas arriving by late Monday or Tuesday. Small Craft Exercise Caution conditions will be possible tonight and Monday. The combination of an upper level disturbance and the approaching cold front will bring scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across the coastal waters tonight into Monday. Small Craft Advisories may be needed by early Tuesday through at least early Wednesday. Another cold front is expected move through the area late in the week.
Island Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny and warm through the weekend
Fishing Report: Click here for the latest South Padre Island fishing reports and pictures from local fishing guides
Tropical Weather Outlook from the National Hurricane Center: Tropics are quiet

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The bay fishing has remained decent, still catching some nice boxes of fish. Schools of black drum are popping up on the less windier days. Redfish are hanging on the grass flats cruising for smaller baitfish. Locate the bait and the gamefish will be nearby. Speckled trout are being caught on live bait and soft plastic artificial worms. Should remain good as long as weather remains stable.

 

 

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND EVENTS


Walk For Women

October 11-13. Please join Walk for Women for our annual fundraising weekend. With your participation and support, we can continue our mission to raise money so that we can help local women battling breast cancer with financial, prosthetic and diagnostic support.

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Sublime With Rome

October 12. Billboard charting ska-punk trio Sublime with Rome set to perform SATURDAY OCT 12 at the Cameron County Amphitheatre inside Isla Blanca Park in South Padre Island, TX.

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SPI Fishing Days

October 19-20. The 3rd Annual South Padre Island Fishing Days is the Island’s official fishing & boat expo! Happening this October 19th & 20th, the South Padre Island Convention Center will be hosting several local boat dealers, all-things fishing and much more!

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Shrimp Cook Off

November 2. The Port Isabel Shrimp Cook Off & Seafood Festival is set for Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10am-4pm. Dozens of contestants and thousands of attendees will be treated to world famous shrimp recipes and a variety of family entertainment at the Port Isabel Shrimp Cook Off & Seafood Festival.

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SpaceX STARSHIP Testing

Watch Starship test launches at SpaceX Boca Chica Spaceport live from the SPadre.com Starship Cam.

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Live view of Starship the SpaceX Boca Chica Launch Pad.

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Testing continues for SpaceX Starship near South Padre Island! Watch the rocket launch live on the Starship Cam. Countdown clock set to 4:00PM January 1, 2020. Actual time and date of the next launch 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
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Space X Rockets include the new BFR, Falcon Heavy, Falcon 9, Dragon Capsule and Crew Dragon

SpaceX News

Starship Updates

August 27, 2019 - STARHOPPER'S 150 METER HOP!

SpaceX Starhopper successfully completed its 150 meter and final test flight on Tuesday August 27, 2019. You can watch and listen to upcoming Starship launches live on the new 4K Starship Cam.

 

July 25, 2019 - STARHOPPER'S FIRST HISTORIC FLIGHT!!

SpaceX successfully flew the Starship prototype "Starhopper" on its first ever "hop" on Thursday July 25, 2019 at 10:44pm. ! You can watch and listen to upcoming launches live on the new Starship Cam. Watch replay 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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When is the first SpaceX Starship launch?

STARSHIP PRESENTATION

September 28, 2019 - Elon musk will be at Boca Chica to present the new design and plans for the first generation Starships. The Starship MK1 at Boca Chica is scheduled to begin flying possibly in October with the first launch up to 20km. This event will be webcast live, and possibly we may be invited as local supporters! Starship launch schedule and dates will be posted on SPadre.com.

First Launch

July 25, 2019 - Starship Hopper's first hop occured on Thursday July 25 at 10:44pm. Higher altitude launches will occur shortly! 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 live streamed on SPadre.com Starship Cam with live audio, 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 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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