With a consistent breeze, warm temperatures, and multiple inviting bodies of water, the South Texas coast hosts a variety of water sport adventures. Whether you prefer an adrenaline rush or something tranquil and calm, Corpus Christi offers water activities for all ages and experience levels. Grab your vessel of choice and hit up one of these specialized shops to learn a new water sport.



On a sunny day with a southeast sea breeze blowing across the Gulf of Mexico, a choppy surf makes prime conditions along the South Texas Coast for novices and surf addicts alike. If you’ve longed to learn how to surf, Padre Island Surf Camp offers private lessons, full-day courses, and 5-day camps. Before hitting the waves, take a crash course on basic surfing safety.

For a calmer surfing experience, visit Bird Island Basin, located within Padre Island National Seashore.


Wind and Wave stocks the largest selection of surfboards and accessories in the Corpus Christi area.



The national seashore is a world-class windsurfing area and is recognized as one of the top three destinations for windsurfing in North America. Internationally recognized and the only windsurfing operation in a National Park, Worldwinds Windsurfing is a small shack that offers paddle board and kayak rentals and windsurfing classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Breathtaking scenery, flat, shallow waters, and a soft, sandy bottom make it the ideal spot to learn how to windsurf.



From Rockport and Aransas Pass to Mustang Island, more adventures are all around Coastal Bend. Kayaking is a popular, user-friendly sport for just about everyone to get out on the water. Certified by the American Canoe Association and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Bend Kayaking offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level paddles along with refresher courses and parent-child kayaking and fishing classes. Located in Aransas Pass, Coastal Bend Kayaking provides kayaking expeditions in multiple areas, including Lighthouse Lakes, Mustang Island State Park’s Paddling Trail, and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

Kayaking Services in Corpus Christi



Boating & Sailing

If you prefer a larger vessel, set sail from Harrison’s Landing on Japonica, a bay tour sailing excursion. The Yachting Center offers many packages, including private party cruises, dolphin watching, full moon cruises, and sunset cruises near the Harbor Bridge. The center is open every day except Sundays. Also located in the heart of the marina area is Fun Time Rentals. This locally owned service offers rentals for jet skis, pedal boats, and four-wheel family bikes for those looking for adventure on the Bayfront. Fun Time Rentals prides themselves in helping create safe and memorable experiences for the whole family when visiting the Gulf Coast Capital.

If you’re looking for a good time, but prefer to sit back and relax in the process, visit the ski canals at North Padre Island with captained boat rentals from Corpus Christi Party Boat. Choose party pontoons or wake surfing boats for an unforgettable experience on the water. With pickup located out of Marker 37, it is easy to enjoy a scenic cruise through 16 miles of beautiful waterfront homes.

You don’t need to own a yacht or book a rental to enjoy the thrills of Corpus Christi Bay. Every Wednesday night, depending on the weather, the local sailing community gathers at the docks to rig their boats and set sail for Wednesday Night Regattas. The Lawrence St. T-Head offers a great spot for onlookers to watch the local races at the starting line. The races start at 6 p.m. and end around 8 p.m.

Another water sport activity to check out in the Marina downtown is Water Dog Floating Yoga, a yoga studio that floats! Enjoy beach barre, SUP yoga, paddles with pups, sunrise yoga, and more.


No matter the activity of your choice, the options for getting out on the water in the Coastal Bend are plentiful. From surfing and sailing to kitesurfing and paddle board yoga, there really is no shortage of ways to embrace the proximity to so much water.

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