South Padre Surf Company is Texas original surf school operating since 1995, and was the first surf school in Texas. Your instructor is Gene Gore, Texas' most experienced surf instructor, ocean lifeguards, ocean safety experts and professional level surfers, and our children Micah and Melia (and puppy Archer) are awesome surfers who will have your kids running for the water! OUR GOAL is to provide a safe, easy and fun surfing experience for guests of all ages and abilities to South Padre Island, while teaching respect, knowledge and appreciation of the ocean and beach, with zero-environmental impact. Our safety first approach ensures that all people, regardless of your abilities or disabilities, are welcome to give surfing a try, and our enthusiasm will make you want to come back for the adventure year after year!
02. We look forward to the opportunity to give you the experience of your life When you come for a surfing lesson with South Padre Surf Co., you become part of our family. We want you to be happy with every part of the experience, from when you sign up to when you ride your first wave, it's our goal to make sure every moment is the thrill of a lifetime. We are not a surf shop, and we don't hire any "surf instructors".
03. You're here to have fun! Surfing is an extreme adventure, one that many people add to their "bucket lists." When you surf with us, we're helping you accomplish a goal -- whether it's overcoming a fear or checking an item off that list. We'll help you to achieve your goal, but we'll never pressure you or your child to do something beyond your comfort zone. It's all about having fun!
U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation for numerous ocean rescues and lifetime commitment to public service in ocean safety.
Micah and Melia Gore both earned the first ever medals for South Padre Island at the USLA National Championships at Virgina Beach.
Gene was an Ocean Safety Officer with the City and County of Honolulu, and the prestigious Hawaiian Water Patrol.
Gene was instrumental in developing the South Padre Island Beach Patrol, training and working alongside the new department.
Gene was a Galveston Beach Patrol lifeguard and competed in many USLA Nationals and ILSA World Championships.
Gene has extensive training and experience in emergency medical care, both as lifeguard and EMT.
Gene has competed in many National Championships, on the Hawaiian Team and on Team Texas, with numerous medals.
Gene competed in the ILSA World Lifesaving Championships in Italy, bringing home four medals.
Gene competed in Dukes Oceanfest Waikiki, an international multi-sport ocean festival.
Gene competed and medaled in the World Paddleboard Championships, a 10 mile open ocean race.
Gene has won numerous paddle races in Hawaii, including this North Shore Sunset to Waimea race.
WE DID IT! An endurance paddle to benefit Texas Surfrider Foundation's Education Program and to raise public awareness of the Texas Gulf Coast and issues it faces such as public access, erosion, pollution, and litter. Gene and Rachel paddled on a custom surfboard Gene made, the entire length of the Texas coast, 404 miles in 19 days, through the worst weather possible in May with hurricane force winds on Day 1, cold, rain, headwinds and longshore currents, torturous choppy conditions, constant neck and back pain, hunger, food raiding coyotes, lack of sleep, and incredibly strong wild rip currents at some of the major passes and jetties. It was much more difficult and dangerous than we imagined but the people we met along the way were great and getting to see every inch of the vast mostly undeveloped Texas coast was unforgettable, not to mention some of the great waves we caught along the way and a few new surf spots. Thank you to all who contributed to both the Surfrider Foundation fund raiser and elsewhere in hopes of a brighter future for our coast. Gene and Rachel received a National Award from the Surfrider Foundation in honor of the historic "Paddle Texas" event.
Thank you for your interest in surfing with us! We look 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 9pm