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South Padre Island foiling

Postby alexglebov » Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:46 am

Is it possible to foil in the Laguna Madre (from north or south flats) on a short mast (60 cm)? How shallow is it? I am still learning to foil and can water start and do short rides both ways flat on the board.

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Re: South Padre Island foiling

Postby irwe » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:15 am

Short Answer is Yes, but you will have to walk out a little further to get to waist plus deep water.
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Re: South Padre Island foiling

Postby grigorib » Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:58 am

Heard of alligators basking out there south of south flats. Did anyone ever hit any of those with a foil?

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Re: South Padre Island foiling

Postby RadDrDuke » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:30 am

definitely can foil the sound there but you will want the short mast. Can easily foil the oceanside and the waves actually get decent when it blows >20knots. I have done many downwinders there, it's an awesome place

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Re: South Padre Island foiling

Postby TheJoe » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:47 am

The shallow part depends on the tide. 1 to 2 ft but once you get out its about 4-6 foot. The whole center of the bay is pretty much 6 ft. There is a lot of sea weed in the bay however so that might be a problem anywhere it is growing up more. Most of it is pretty much on the seabed from my experience. I have never foiled there most of the times I go there it is windy and if not I just play around on my skimboard.

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