G-Town Surf - More Than Just Behind Tankers!
Despite the recent media phenomena of surfers in and around Galveston riding the waves of huge oil tankers, which only a handful of people actually do, the island does have real surfing, with dedicated surfers. No, you won't find the monster waves of the North Shore of O'ahu here, but there are a few locations on the island that at times can have decent surf conditions. Off the Seawall towards the east end of the island is usually where you will find most of the island surfers, and the small area of beach near the Flagship Hotel is a favorite spot. And being located along the gulf coast, Galveston's surfer population swells when there is a tropical storm or hurricane brewing nearby. There is generally better surf further south down the Texas coast at such places as Surfside and near Matagorda Bay, but if you look at it from certain perspective, Galveston surfers are some of the most dedicated surfers in the world! Oh, and FYI, if you are looking to get into the tanker surfing thing, it not as easy as just waiting for a tanker to pass by and then catching the wave. There is a lot that goes into this type of surfing as well, but for more info, check out the Surf City Texas website, run by the guy that has been leading the tanker surfing phenomena.
Equipment: Got board?
The Seawall and Galveston beaches offers an array of sporting activities.
For the seawall you'll find many people walking, running, and biking down the 10 mile stretch. If you feel like doing something a bit more exciting rent one of the extended bikes or bike on the stretch buggies. You're more than able to get a good sweat before plunging into the water!
While at the beach all sports balls are welcome. Bring a net and play some beach volleyball! Or bring a football or frisbee. Whenever you get tired or too hot jump into the water!
If you prefer water sports then bring your surf or boogie board and get out in the water! (Snorkeling is not an option due to the dark color of the water!) There are even sail boats, row boats, canoes and other choices to rent along the easten side of Galveston.
Equipment: Don't forget your sunscreen !!!
Free Fishing Opportunities
There are plenty of places for Surf Fishermen to throw out their line almost anywhere along the beach. Other free jetties and rock piers are found at Seawall Blvd. at 10th , 17th , 30th and 37th Streets.
The most popular sport fish in the Galveston area is the spotted seatrout which is also known as the speckled trout. Other local fish include Black drum, red drum, flounder, croaker, sheepshead, sand sea trout, gafftopsail catfish, and whiting.