Kite Houston Flatwater Training Site

Dollar Flats - AKA  "The Levee", Texas City, TX

 Description: The Dollar Flats, known to most locals as "the Levee", is one of
the best location to learn kiteboarding in the world. The large area (approx 5 square miles) of waist deep water will support more than 100 kiters easily. It is protected by a 5 mile long dike that keeps waves from forming even in strong South and Southeast winds.  Its hard packed sandy bottom and waist deep water makes it easy to stand up, recover, and rest. The large grassy area to setup and launch helps keep your equipment clean and sand free. Easy beach access to the water  means no hike from the car or climbing over barnacle clad rocks. There are public restrooms and an outdoor public shower (cold water only) about a mile away at the Texas City Water Treatment Plant. 

Directions: From Houston take I-45 south 30 miles to the Emit F Lowery Expressway (FM1764 east). Follow FM1764 east through Texas City (approx. 5 miles) until it dead ends into Bay Street . Turn right and proceed south one block to the first light. Turn left and proceed to the stop sign at Skyline Dr.  Turn left again and drive up onto the levee. Proceed north on Skyline Dr. about 1 1/2 miles. A line of about 5 palm trees along the bank mark the spot. Park on the right along the cable.

Typical Wind Conditions: Typical wind direction is side shore. Spring winds are typically S and SE  about 10 - 20 knots  The sea breeze in the summer is usually at 8 – 12 knots out of the S and SE in the afternoon and evening. Fall, winter, and spring bring cold fronts with N and NE winds that can reach 25 – 30 knots.

 
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Kite Houston Wave Riding Training Site

West Beach to San Louis Pass


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Description:  The Galvestion Island beach front is a great place to ride in the waves. The beach runs NE to SW with best wind direction for wave riding from the S.  There is great access to the beach from West Beach to San Louis Pass. There is no consistent break since there are no permanent bottom features. The bottom is sand and continually shifts.  The water becomes overhead about 50 ft off shore.  PFDs and retractable (non streach) board leashes are recommended.

Directions:  From Houston take I-45 south to Galvestion Island.  Exit 61st St. Turn right onto 61st St at the light and proceed to the Sea Wall.  Turn right on Sea Wall Blvd. and go SW.  From the end of the Sea Wall to San Louis pass 15 miles SW there are numerous beach access points with parking right on the beach.

Typical Wind Conditions:  Typical wind direction is on shore  (SE) or side on (S).  Spring winds are typically S and SE  about 10 - 20 knots  The sea breeze in the summer is usually at 8 – 12 knots out of the S and SE in the afternoon and evening. Fall, winter, and spring bring cold fronts with N and NE winds that can reach 25 – 30 knots.