About Matagorda

The water offshore at Matagorda is considerably deeper than anywhere else on the north coast, so pushy waves come up from the deeper waters to hit extremely shallow sandbars on the north side of the rivermouth. 'Gorda' offers more juice for the North Coast crew than any other spot. It is not uncommon for head-high waves to hollow out and grind across only a foot or two of water. These fast, dangerous, explosive peaks are your best chance for steep drops and true barrels. On big East swells there is also a good peak off the jetty on the southside of the river mouth. Access it by paddling across the river, watch for gators.

Source: Matagorda Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Relatively positive, though you should show respect to the locals.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Spread out unless surfing the S jetty with a small takeoff zone.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Most consistent and powerful waves on the upper Texas coast.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Drift sessions are the call with consistently strong longshore currents.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Always muddy brown from the river mouth.

Additional Information


Shallow bottom, gators if paddling the river.


Easy, but remote.

Bring Your



Sand, but super shallow. Sandbars consisting of shells can be found farther north along the beach.

Best Season

Late summer/fall; late winter to mid-spring

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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