South Padre Surf Co. is The Original Texas Surf School and Surf Camp. Family owned and operated since 1995 by Gene Gore, the most experienced professional surf instructor and ocean safety expert in Texas. Come learn to surf with me and my surfing dog Archer in one fun easy lesson! SPSC is not a retail store, only a surf school.
I offer a variety of surfing experiences, and I'm looking forward to sharing my lifelong passion for surfing, and helping you create special memories that will last a lifetime. Along with our ever-popular surfing lessons and surf camps, South Padre Surf Company is excited to soon offer our new Rocket Launch Surf Camps™ to coinicide with the SpaceX Starship launches! We will also be offering some very cool private VIP Surfing Surfaris, free Special Needs Surfing Lessons, and even the opportunity to take your favorite four legged companion for a Dog Surf Lesson! We also now offer a 1/2 Hour Budget Lesson, which is also great for tiny kids, or those that just want a few pointers, then surf on their own.
All lessons are held at Isla Blanca Beach Park in shallow water with safe soft boards, its safe for all ages and abilities! Call text or email to reserve your surfing lesson on South Padre Island with South Padre Surf Company! 956-772-7272
Learn to surf in one easy lesson! Lessons are held in shallow water with safe soft surfboards. All ages are welcome. Year-round.
For those that prefer a private surfing experience, personal instruction is available for only you, or you and a friend. 1 hour. Advance reservation suggested.
Ideal for bigger groups that want an exclusive surfing experience. We offer discounts for groups of 4 or more. Church groups, boy or girl scouts, companies parties, conventions, spring breakers or bachelorette parties!
We have over 25 years experience with safely introducing those with special needs to the ocean as world class ocean lifeguards and surfers. Held in shallow water with one-on-one instruction. We offer this service FREE of charge! You couldn't be in better hands!
For those on a tight budget, this half hour introductory lesson includes similar instruction with opportunity to catch a few waves, and the option to rent a surfboard and continue surfing as long as you like! Also great for small children, or those that simply want a few pointers, then rent a board and go surf on their own. Cheapest surf lesson option.
Bring your pup for a surf lesson! Meet your furry instructor Archer, our surfing Golden Retriever as he demonstrates surfing at South PAWdre Island! Make your puppy Insta-famous! A fun surfing photo opportunity for you and your dog! 1/2 hour lesson. Doggy lifejacket suggested.
Our popular 3 hour day surf camps are ideal for friends or family that want to have fun together! All ages, not just for kids. Surf camp hours are 9am to noon, all summer and holidays.
Private surf camps can be reserved exclusively for only your group of 4 or more. Hours are flexible for your convenience. Advance reservations recommended.
Watch the SpaceX Starship Rocket launches and landings at Boca Chica from exactly where we surf ! Awesome Mission Patch and Tshirt available for purchase. Launch dates are not yet scheduled, so you’ll need to be on our mailing list to be notified! Surfing will occur before or after the launch so you can completely enjoy this incredible new experience!
On this private surfari adventure you’ll see the new SpaceX Starship at the rocket launch pad at Boca Chica, the Rio Grande river mouth as it enters the Gulf of Mexico at the Texas/Mexico border, and surf at the Boca Chica jetties! This is a 4 hour surfari; the drive is 1 hour each way from South Padre Island, with an hour of surfing, and an hour to visit, photograph, and enjoy the sights! 1-2 persons.
An unplugged, exclusively private surfari adventure to a secret surfing area! This is a rare chance to escape to a beautiful undeveloped secluded beach, catch a few waves, and enjoy nature with no distractions. There is no internet or phone service. An approximately 1 hour scenic drive each way on the sand, with two hours at the secret beach. 1-2 persons.
A private surfari and Texas cultural experience for adventurous culture seekers. Surf the best waves in Texas at South Padre Island; visit our nearby ranch to ride, learn about horses and the secrets of horse training; enjoy delicious authentic Tex/Mex food at our favorite restaurant; then head for an evening of dancing at South Texas best honkytonk and cantina! This is a casual, full day experience. 1-2 persons.
Surfboard rentals are available daily for anyone wanting to give surfing in South Padre Island a try, whether you take surfing lessons or not. Safe softboards only.
Wetsuit rentals are available in the cooler months to make sure that you stay nice and warm for any water activity while you are on South Padre!
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Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
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SpaceX is currently building STARSHIP, the world's largest spaceship, at Boca Chica Beach, just across the ship channel on the southern tip of South Padre Island. Stay up to date with current information about what is going on at Starbase, by subscribing to our Twitter account, @SpacePadreIsle. You can easily drive to see the Starship up close! VIDEO DIRECTIONS TO SEE STARSHIP.
Come surf with us in our new ROCKET LAUNCH SURF CAMPS and watch the SpaceX Starship Rocket launches and landings at Boca Chica!! Launch dates are not yet scheduled, so you’ll need to be on our Rocket Launch Surf Camp Mailing List to be notified. Surfing will occur before or after the launch so you can completely enjoy this incredible new experience! We recommend that you book as early as possible, and arrive at least the day before due to expected heavy traffic, since our surfing area is exactly where the best rocket launch viewing area is!
If you are interested in participating in "THE COOLEST SURF CAMP IN THE GALAXY", be sure to get on our Rocket Launch Surf Camp Mailing List. Registration for the Rocket Launch Surf Camps will begin AFTER the first rocket launch so that we can prepare logistics, as traffic and crowds could be problematic!
"Gene's lifetime commitment to ocean safety is to be commended. You have assisted Coast Guard Station South Padre Island on numerous occasions."
"Gene has time and time again used his invaluable ocean experience to assist the beach patrol in daily and major operations to which we are always grateful for."
"Gene was an Ocean Safety Officer with the City and County of Honolulu and the Prestigeous Hawaiian Water Patrol, and an international competitor on the Hawaiian Team."
"Gene epitomizes what is means to be watermen. Learn to surf with Gene South Padre Surf Co.! "
"3-Hour Surf Camp was PERFECT! My 3 boys and I did the 3-hour surf camp and it was outstanding! My boys were not excited to do this, and I was very nervous (seen too many movies making it look hard)--but we were all quickly up and surfing by ourselves and this was the highlight of our trip! The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, the equipment seemed brand new (including the provided wetsuits--unusually cold Thanksgiving weather), and very responsive to all questions, texts and e-mails--even through the holiday period. I highly recommend this to everyone, even if you are unsure about surfing at all!"
"A MUST DO in South Padre!!! We did this as a family. My wife and I and our three boys. None of us had ever surfed before and by the end even I was able to surf. Gene is a great instructor and very passionate about surfing.... made it such a joy for us to learn surfing. It is something we talk about all the time. Creating memories is what family vacation is all about and this is one memory that we will all remember fondly. We did it two years ago and when we went back recently we rented boards for the day from them. A class act and fun teacher!!."
"You MUST do this while in Padre! SO fun!!! Our family had SUCH a blast surfing with Gene during our annual SPI beach vacation. We booked a mini surf camp for our group, which included adults, teenagers, and a seven year old. Everyone excelled under Gene's instruction, and we were all able to “get up” and “surf” despite varying levels of athleticism and the fact that this was everyone’s FIRST time. He's an amazing instructor, and we loved every second of the experience - from watching Archer the surf dog show us how it’s done, to practicing in the sand, to actually getting out and “catching waves”. It’s an exhilarating way to spend a day at the beach, and I HIGHLY recommend using Gene and South Padre Surf Company! Our family had an unforgettable time while surfing under their care, and we’ll definitely use them again!!!"
Always fun This is our second trip to SPI and our second lesson with Rachel. She’s great with people of all ages, and will have you surfing in no time. You can do 1 hour or 3 hour lessons or rent a board for the day. Anything you do, they are always kind and helpful!
"South Padre To-Do-List Such unique people; qualified, experienced, safety-minded, fun, excellent teachers/instructors. A very worthwhile endeavor when on South Padre - you'll really have fun. Gene is so friendly, easy going - if you're on the island or planning a trip, this is a must-do - great for groups or entire families. They are quite capable of working with all of skill levels. My adult son and I were up on the first lesson - we're hooked."
Thank you for your interest in surfing! Looking forward to answering any questions you have about our surfing lessons on South Padre Island.
Feel free to call or text anytime between the hours of 8am and 8pm.