Thanks to its constant easy breeze (averaging 15–20 mph), Corpus Christi  is a mecca for windsurfers. Although some try their sails on the bay at city locales like Cole Park (near the 2000 block of Ocean Drive, restrooms available), most windsurfers head to North Padre Island, particularly Bird Island Basin at the Padre Island National Seashore .
This half-mile stretch of beach is internationally recognized as one of the top windsurfing sites on the U.S. mainland. If you’ve never grabbed hold of a sail, this is the best place to learn, since there’s always a breeze a-blowin’.
To set yourself up with all the gear, contact Worldwinds Windsurfing (11493 South Padre Island Dr., 361/949-7472, www.worldwinds.net ) or Wind & Wave Water Sports (10721 South Padre Island Dr., 361/937-9283, www.windandwave.net ).