If you’re a surfer or just a high-octane bro who loves the outdoors, there is no better place to celebrate one of Mexico’s premiere holidays than the Cinco de Mayo Pro-Am Weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The event, which is gaining in national fame every year, hosts surfers, beach volleyball players, SUP racers and athletes of increasing variety in a series of contests stretched out over four days.
Now in its fourth year, the Pro-Am brings thousands to the Packery Channel Jetty, a beautiful spot known for both its surfing and fishing. It is sponsored by the James Greer Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to surfers and other athletes.
Here’s a good look at the jetties:
It is deemed as the largest weekend beach event in the Lone Star State, according to KRISTV. SUP surf contests, the Blind Surf clinic and SUP sprint races are just a few of the competitions during the four-day event. It also draws high-profile surfers like Guy Takayama while being quite welcoming to amateurs and even beginners.
This year, it’s expanding to include contests like the two-on-two volleyball tournament and the night surf contests, according to Kevin Greer, Executive Director of Cinco De Mayo Pro.
“We kind of want to tip the scales a little bit, in our favor, here in Texas because we like to do it big and the Cinco De Mayo Pro should too,” Greer told KRISTV.com. “We wanted to move towards education. So what better way to do that than educate our surfers that were in need and give them scholarships so they can get their education rolling at a higher level, um, and still be able to do the things they do…surfing, traveling.”