|Beautiful South Padre Island
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South Padre Island, Texas is one of the most beautiful wind sport
destinations in the world. Anything from sailing, windsurfing, and kite
boarding. South Padre Island is a barrier reef island connected to Port Isabel
by a 2 mile bridge. The island is surrounded by a shallow bay on the west side
and the Gulf Of Mexico on it’s east.
The bay is perfect for day sailing. The wind is more controlled so there is
very little wake. This insures a peaceful cruise with very few bumps. One of the
best types of sailing in the bay is on a smaller sloop. These have comfortable
seating for passengers but also the excitement of the boat keeling over (leaning
to one side) a bit. On this type of boat you will usually find a small cuddy
cabin and on some a head (bathroom). The cuddy cabin gives you a small break
from the sun and is also good storage for cold drinks and a picnic lunch.
Another fun type of sailing on the bay is Hoby-Cat sailing. A Hoby-Cat is a
much smaller sailboat but definetly a fun ride. This boat consists of two hulls
with a tightly wound mesh in between for seating. Hoby-Cats are traditionally
faster boats, so be prepared to get a little wet. With enough wind you can throw
on a harness and hang off the side, this keeps the boat balanced but also proves
to be a very exciting ride.
My favorite sailing is on a larger sailboat sailing out in the Gulf Of
Mexico. The larger boat gets everyone involved, if they want to be, in the
sailing process. The more boat you have the more space for walking around and
lounging. The Gulf of Mexico on the coast of South Padre Island has some of the
most beautiful wildlife. For a few, it is home to the north Atlantic bottle nose
dolphin and some of the most beautiful sea turtles in the world.
Kite boarding and windsurfing are personal wind crafts. Both are very
exciting but should only be tried after professional instruction. Both of these
sports your craft is your board. With windsurfing your propeller is a sail
attached to your board which you control with a bar in the middle. You tack
(change direction) by switching sides while swinging your sale around. If it
sounds complicated it is, at first. With Kiteboarding you are propelled by a
kite connected to by a harness and a handlebar. The size kite you use depends on
the wind speed of that day. As you change direction of the kite it leads you in
that direction. This also can be done in both the bay and the gulf. The Gulf is
full of waves to jump with more wind so if adventure is what your after once
again this is the place for you.
call for any questions we can find a way to reach all your needs and
desires to make this the most enjoyable part of your vacation.
Zeuner or Sean Slovisky
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