South Padre Island Spring Break 2009

Just another Spring Break? Pretty much!

spring break; beer bongs and peace.
Spring Break; beer bongs and peace.

Although with the current bum-tripping economy and the fact that South Padre Island was slammed with a very destructive hurricane last fall, the overall turnout was bound to be less than the golden years of this college tradition.  However, plenty of students managed to migrate down for the seasonal gathering. For three weeks different schools alternated their occupation of Padre Island, each spending a week at a time.

With a few daily rips and the constant consumption of booze, the students slosh their way to the beach everyday and stake a camp in front of the former Radisson and nearby  hotels, also known as condo row.  Some stake their flags in the sand, some carve a sculpture, and some just wind up face down.  But all make this area their playground and the cops pretty much let it happen, as long as they don’t get violent.

The cops can make or break this demographic ritual.  Too much and the students will bail and the bad rep will result in an economic loss for the area the following year.  But not enough cops and the weekends can go ape shit and nearly result in riots.  That’s a balance the locals and their public servants need to figure out. 😉

In spite of the past ups and downs of boom years and bust, the island is always guaranteed enough of a turnout that local sales of Keystone Light are at the yearly high.

Grinding the southern stages of South Padre Island, this college vacationer is rallying the crowd.

Bikinis for peace, this breaker poses in the warm sun at South Padre Island.

Some of the random people you'll find on the beach.