Encircled by: Mexico, Cuba, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas this shallow sea is never going to be a world class surf-producing machine. The continental shelf saps power and the limited fetch reduces the swell period However Texas has an extremely strong tradition of surfing these inconsistent waves with winter being the most rewarding season. As do smaller communities in the surrounding states and countries. Saved by the hurricane season in this area can on its day produce some excellent waves. Unrelated to the weather, but wave producing nonetheless, surfing the wake of a passing tanker has become a popular activity in Texas.