It was a Stellar 2 days in Port A. Cruising the bay never gets old. Thanks, Brad, the boat is running great!

Add a bit of SOUL to your beach, surfing, or fishing day!

These Port A Surf and Soul shirts provide UPF 50 sun protection and are made of 91% performance polyester and 9% spandex.

Email to order direct. Choose your color and design! Get more info on pricing, color, sizes.

UNISEX/ MENS BELOW: S, M, L (loose fit style)



Here’s a Dec 2009 throwback video at Horace Caldwell pier in Port Aransas. The winds were howling off shore at 40mph, the temperature kept dropping, and still …they surfed! The swell was big and lasted a few hours. Kudos to Des, Dave, Brent and other other guys. While the image quality isn’t great, it’s beautiful to see. Glad I was able to film and tough it out for a full 3 minutes on the pier!

-there may or may not be sound.

My first-run Port Aransas hoodies are made custom with high quality materials and each are hand pressed with original designs.

It’s not just a hoodie. You got soul!

Coming again next fall….


Lightweight loop back terry fabric. 7.0 oz, 55 Cotton/45 Poly Unisex sizing. (Unisex large fits smaller than usual Men’s large). Graphics front and back Available in SM, MD, LG, XL and 2XL



10 oz, 52 Cotton/ 48 Poly blend Men’s sizing. Graphics front and back. Available in SM, MD, LG, XL, and 2XL



7.0 oz loop back terry fabric. 55 Cotton/45 Poly Blend. Unisex Sizing fits smaller Available in SM, MD, LG, XL and 2XL



Sueded V-neck, 60 Cotton/40 Poly Graphics front and back Graphic colors will vary (creams, light blue, mint green) Wave on sleeve Available in SM, MD, and LG



Sueded V-neck, 60 Cotton/40 Poly Graphics in blues and greens on front, back and hood Available only in LG



Lightweight loop back terry fabric, 7.0 oz, 55 Cotton/45 Poly Graphics front and back Unisex sizing, Available in SM, MD, LG, XL


Custom made Port Aransas inspired Surf + Soul hoodies and long sleeved T-shirts sold this January!

These 1st runs are currently sold out. Awesome if you got one!

Thank you to Gretchen, Miles, Wynne, and Sandy for the photos. Thanks to everyone who’s supporting my effort to develop a local brand and wearing their new digs.

Surfing is good for the human soul. I think places have a soul too!

While some of us are true locals, many have spent summers, holidays, and spring breaks in Port A. We’ve grown up here. The town evokes plenty of nostalgia for us Texans! We like to think “things were better then or better when” – (fill in the blank). Maybe they sometimes were.

But passing down the good stuff to the next generation and continuing traditions year after year keeps us in the present. And before you know it, new memories are made to reflect back on and treasure.

-Pictured above, teenage Des holds up a kingfish (1980) and young Kai hoists his own catch about 30 years later.

You’ve heard of “take-your-kid-fishing day?” Well, some folks live by it. This Then and Now slideshow shows four generations of the Kidd family reliving their good stuff- fishing and hanging at the beach.

I joined the family in late 80s and learned to wade fish solo in the flats. Took me awhile to understand why I had to slide out of a nice, solid boat and into murky water before sunrise to catch fish. I eventually got the hang of it this routine and even used all the gear: a belt with hook outs, rod holder, drink holder and the attached stringer and bait bucket to trail behind me. However, the 9 am snack of mustard sardines on saltines and cold beers were easy to like from the get go.

And, why fish and drink a beer so early? Summer days start hot and only get hotter!

Surf and Soul Cinema produced a one-night film fest at Austin Bike Farm on Thursday, June 9th. Short flicks on biking, skating, and surfing were shown on a big screen outside the bike shop. The Austin locals segment was entertaining! @austinbikefarm

Enjoy a look back at the “Women on Waves” community in Port A. Watch and relive some wonderful memories from past fall and winter seasons.

Every year in June recreational anglers head off shore for Red Snapper season.
Snapper fishing is limited in federal waters via an agreement between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Marine Fisheries Service. There’s a 2 per person limit and a total quota for all fish caught that helps protect the species. So, the season can end in a couple of weeks.
Off shore fishing is a totally different animal than bay fishing. For one, you need a friend with a big boat, lots of money for gas, and some inner ear medications. Driving out to the deep water takes some time. You can actually see the “blue line” color change that marks the deep water. It is spectacular.
Chartered fishing trips out of Woody’s for Fisherman’s Wharf are also available for groups and there are numerous fishing tournaments throughout the summer for serious sailfish sportsman.
Whether your catch is from the surf, the bays, the jetties or off shore, most Port A restaurants will cook it up for you. Virginia’s on the Bay fried up our snapper and we had a fantastic meal later evening. A big thank you to Britt and his boat crew.

There’s nothing like fishing with live bait, but first you have to get the live bait.

Casting nets and a stroll in the shallows with solid foot wear are required. Best bait fish are mud minnows, pin fish, finger mullet, and piggy perch. Wade fishing in the flats is an awesome way to explore the backside of the island. There are plenty of stingrays, trash fish, crabs and oysters to meander around, so it’s not for everybody.

(We recently decided not to pose with anymore dead fish so it’s only catch and release depicted in the future; The exception being the bait.)

A small but reliable boat can get you to the rigs on a calm day. Below, Paul takes his OG Boston Whaler to fish in the deeper water. Spanish mackerel, king fish, tuna and other game fish cruise these structures where the little ones feed.

The trip to the rigs can be a real adventure and, for me, that’s most of the fun. See this post

Above is the Marinedreams contribution to the Locals Segment shown at the Port A Surf and Soul Cinema Series (May 2016). Other contributors to the local segment included Dallas McMahon, G Scott, and Dan and Michelle Parker.

Ain’t no Surf in Texas is a beautiful video of winter surf at Bob Hall Pier shot in 2016 by Dallas McMahon. We appreciated Dallas’ submission and support for this local event. Sadly, Dallas passed away in 2018 and will be remembered for his character and for his craft.

A short trailer for the weekend event is attached below.

Okay, this is not Port A. Filmed by Des and Kai in La Jolla, California.
Edited by Kai Kidd.
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