61st Street Spot Guide

About 61st Street

A jetty/pier combination that provides a consistent bottom, 61st Street has a jetty that, while the north side tends to be better, either side can fire.

Source: 61st Street Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Can be competitive on the good days at the best peaks.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Dense lineup at the best peaks, spread out the farther from the jetty you get.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Fun peaks and a few barrels when there is swell.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

The rip by the jetty makes easy to get out, however, most days the longshore currents will make it tough stay in position on the pier bowls.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Proximity to Houston shipping channel and runoff from Galveston equals often not the best water quality.

Additional Information

Hazards

Angry fishermen.

Access

Easy, paid parking on the seawall.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, fish

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Late summer/fall; late winter to mid-spring

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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