Year-Round Surfing Lessons at Beautiful South Padre Island Texas!
Gene is a former Ocean Lifeguard with the City and County of Honolulu

Galveston Beach Patrol
Gene and Rachel both worked as lifeguards with the Galveston Beach Patrol

Gene and Rachel both hold current certifications in Ocean Rescue and CPR

Member of the U.S.Lifesaving

Oct. 2004
Gene competed in the International Life Saving Assoc. Ocean Lifeguard World Championships in Viareggio Italy
representing Texas, bringing home 4 medals 1 silver and 3 bronze!

Winner - Lifeguard division North Shore Hawaii paddleboard race from Sunset to Waimea

Your surfing instructors are husband and wife team Gene and Rachel Gore.

Our goal
is to provide a safe, easy and fun surfing experience for guests of all ages and abilities to South Padre Island, while teaching respect, knowledge and appreciation of the ocean and beach, with
zero-environmental impact.

Surf Instructors Gene and Rachel were married in 1998, on surfboards in the gentle waves of Surfside Beach, Texas. They have 2 children, 5 year old Micah and 3 year old Melia,both kids have been surfing regularly, well, since before they were born since mom surfed up to 9 months pregnant!
(Kids Surf Video Clip)
Gore family - April 2004

Let's go surfing!! We love to surf and we love to share the stoke!

  South Padre Surf Company owner and instructor Gene Gore, a native Texan and lifetime dedicated surfer, ocean lifeguard and former City and County of Honolulu Ocean Safety Officer, has dedicated his life to surfing and lifesaving, yet his greatest thrill is still seeing someone ride their first wave. Gene has accumulated an extensive history of accomplishments in his field while pursuing his passion for surf, he worked for the famed Hawaii Water Patrol, trained in heavy surf rescue with jetski/rescue sled, 3 time winner of paddleboard races on the North Shore of Oahu and several U.S. National Surfing Championship Paddle races and the Harpoon Barry Bay to Gulf Paddle Race, selected to the 6 man Hawaiian World Lifeguard Team, former Texas State longboard champion and Allstar team member, 6 time U.S. Lifesaving Association National Competitor with medals in paddle racing, paddleboard rescue, and 2 mile beach run, winner of the Diamondhead Biathlon, Galveston
Beach Patrol (where he met his wife and surfing partner Rachel) Senior Lifeguard and Marine Rescue RHI pilot and Jr. Lifeguard Instructor, and Corpus Christi and Port Aransas Beach Patrol Lifeguard. Gene has hundreds of documented and off-duty surf rescues, assisting and treating injured beach patrons and performing CPR in many real life incidents, as well serving 8 Years as a Licensed Texas Emergency Medical Technician and volunteer ambulance/fireman, competed in over 100 surfing competitions both amateur and professional in France, Spain, Mexico, California, Florida, New Jersey and Hawaii, and hand shaped nearly seven hundred custom longboards, and competition director and judge for the Texas Gulf Surfing Association. Gene has taught over 3000 private and group surfing lessons, through Galveston College and G.C. Kid's Camp, Moody Hospitality Institute, San Luis Resort, Surfside Surf Camp, South Padre Surf Co. and taught the Compaq/H.P. Company Picnic with over 50 attending, and recently authored the first book on surfing in Texas "Surfing the Texas Gulf Coast". Gene just returned from the ILSA World Lifeguard Championships in Viareggio Italy Sept 2004 with a team of elite guards from Galveston Beach Patrol, where he captured 4 medals and was the top ranked American competitor!
On May 1 2004 Gene and Rachel paddled the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast,
404 miles in 19 days, as a fundraiser for Surfrider Foundation's coastal education program.

Although Rachel grew up in Tennessee, it was on her annual summer vacations to visit her grandparents in Florida that she discovered where her heart was...with the ocean! To become the watergirl she always dreamed of, she moved to the Texas Gulf Coast where she graduated from Texas A+M Galveston with a degree in Maritime Admininstration, surfing the local lineups day and night, before and after classes. Rachel has been surfing for 13 years now, and with every session her love for the sport and the ocean grows,along with her stylish smooth surfing. Although not a competitor, Rachel is widely known as the top female surfer in the state (she surfs better than most of the guys too!), and could easily be a threat for world title if she chose to! (on her honeymoon Rachel entered into a women's longboard pro contest on the North Shore at Sunset Beach, and she took second place!) She worked as a lifeguard for the Galveston Beach Patrol, and was chosen as a team member for the USLA National Lifeguarding Competition. Rachel has been teaching surfing for nine years, teaching through Galveston College, the Galveston College Kids Camp, The Moody Hospitality Institute, San Luis Resort, Goreboards Surfside Surf Camps, and South Padre Surf Co. Rachel has won first place in numerous state wide surfing competitions and placed second in a pro/am competition at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Hawaii. She won first place in the women's division for the 8 mile Harpoon Barry Bay and Gulf Paddle Challenge. Her favorite thing about teaching surfing is being able to share her knowledge of the sport with people who have the same dreams she did, and watching their "stoke" as they stand up and ride their very first wave.

OCEAN SAFETY CLASSES by Gene and Rachel Gore


WE DID IT! 404 miles of Texas coast in 19 days, through the worst weather possible in May with hurricane force winds on Day 1, cold, rain, headwinds and longshore currents, torturous choppy conditions, countless blacktip and bull sharks and one vicious attack on the board by a good sized mako shark (all just north of Port Mansfield, ask Rachel AKA "Sharkbait") constant neck and back pain, hunger, food raiding coyotes, lack of sleep, incredibly strong wild rip currents at some of the major passes and jetties, it was much more difficult and dangerous than we imagined but the people we met along the way were great and getting to see every inch of the vast mostly undeveloped Texas coast was unforgettable, not to mention some of the great waves we caught along the way and a few new surf spots. Thank you to all who contributed to both the Surfrider Foundation fund raiser (you can still donate) and elsewhere in hopes of a brighter future for our coast. Check the Surfrider website for a much more detailed daily journal soon.
Gene and Rachel recently received the Surfrider Foundation Board Appreciation Award in appreciation of the Paddle Texas event.

Gene with Hawaii Lifeguards
Rachel and Gene, Galveston Beach Patrol Lifeguards
Hawaii Lifeguards
Galveston Lifeguards

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