Great Texas 300 Catamaran Race Starts Today

June 17, 2009

The Great Texas Catamaran Race is an off-shore beach catamaran race along the Texas Coast. Starting in South Padre Island on June 17, 2009 and finishing in Galveston on June 20, the race will cover approximately 300 miles along the Texas coast over the Father’s Day weekend. The race will be conducted in four stages with each stage starting and ending on the beach.

Here is the schedule:
Wednesday June 17, South Padre Island to Mustang Island (91 nm)
Thursday June 18, Mustang Island to Matagorda Island (91 nm)
Friday June 19, Matagorda Island to Surfside Beach (50 nm)
Saturday June 20, Surfside Beach to Galveston (40 nm)

For the most up-to-date information follow the race on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/greattexas300 .

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International Surfing Day: South Padre Island

June 16, 2009

by Tamera Bennett

Saturday, June 20, is International Surfing Day.  Click this link to see what beaches/organizations are participating in your area.

Join the folks on South Padre Island for free surf lessons for kids. This is the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter’s 3rd Annual Free Children’s Surf Clinic.  There are two clinics for kids ages 4-14.  Morning is 8:30 to 11 and afternoon is 12:30 to 3.  Space is limited so first come first served.  

Click here for pictures from last year’s event.  Click here for  video from 2007.

Update June 17, 2009: The SPIsland Breeze reports to day the surf clinics are full with pre-registrations.

But not to worry, said Christiana Dijkman, associate director of Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter. “There are lots of other activities kids can be involved in,” she said. “If you’re interested in surfing come out anyway.”

To put a child on the waiting list call event coordinator Rob Nixon at 956-433-1472 and let him know how to contact you if there are registrants who fail to appear.

“But registered or not, come on out anyway,” Dijkman said. “We’re a pretty soft-hearted bunch and we’ll do anything we can to include you in the fun.”