Best Schools Premier Destination: South Padre Island, Texas USA
South Padre Island, Texas is one of the windiest kiteboarding destinations in the world! Combined with warm water and air temperatures, very few crowds, and a million acres of shallow bay water makes South Padre a top kitesurfing location. The City of South Padre Island is located on the world’s longest barrier island at the southern tip of Texas. The island thrives on tourism, and therefore has extensive accommodations for lodging and dining. Most importantly, South Padre offers year round South Padre Island and kitesurfing with consistent ocean breezes. South Padre is an excellent place to learn how to kiteboard. Flat, shallow water is more than abundant in the Laguna Madre Bay, where all kiteboarding lessons take place. If you are more advanced, then look no further than the Gulf of Mexico side of the island. With more than 15 miles head high waves and wide-open beaches, South Padre has some great down winders!
Kiteboarding Schools – AIR PADRE KITEBOARDING
Air Padre Kiteboarding is the premier kite boarding lesson centre on South Padre Island. The shop offers lessons and camps from beginner to advanced riders, year round. IKO and PASA certified kiteboarding instructors hold private or group lessons in the shallow warm water of the Laguna Madre Bay. Lessons are available in English or Spanish. Air Padre Kiteboarding expedites the learning process with support boats, radio helmets, and modern de-powerable kites for safety. In addition to lessons, Air Padre has an extensive retail space, demos new kiteboarding equipment, and rents kiteboards, surfboards, land boards, SUPs, and other water sports equipment by the day or the week. Stop by the shop and check them out anytime. Open 7 days a week, they will gladly answer any of your kiteboarding or local area questions.
Air Padre Kiteboarding
5709A Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597
Valley International Airport (VIA) located in Harlingen, Texas is only 50 minutes inland from the island. There is now a bus transportation system from the Harlingen Airport called the ‘South Padre Shuttle’, which only costs $20. The Brownsville Airport (BRO) is only 30 minutes from SPI, which also has cheap bus transportation, or you can rent a car. Once on the island, ‘The Wave’ is a free bus that will take you anywhere you need to go. Just flag it down from the roadside and jump on board. Cab rides are also available for a low price of $3 dollars per person.
The currency on the South Padre Island is the US Dollar (USD). Numerous banks and ATMs are within walking distance on the island in case you need money.
AVERAGE RESTAURANT MEAL COST (NO ALCOHOL)
Meals cost $10 or less.
AVERAGE HOTEL / ACCOMMODATION COST
Hotels, resorts, and motels cost between $30 and $70 per night.
Inexpensive campsite at the south end of the island, and Free camping on the beach just north of town!
Year round average water temperature: 77 degrees Fahrenheit/ 25 degrees Celsius
Average wind speed throughout the year: 17 knots
Air Padre Kiteboarding offers water sports rentals ranging from surfboards to SUPs. Other outdoor activities on the island range from deep-sea fishing, nature walks through estuaries, dolphin watches, shopping, parasailing, water parks, kayaking, scuba diving or snorkelling, wakeboarding, horseback riding, dune buggies, and bungee jumping. If you are feeling adventurous, make the trip across the border to Mexico, located just 15 miles south.