SPRING BREAK IN TEXAS. SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BECOMES HOME TO 18,000 STUDENTS HELL BENT ON HEDONISTIC BEHAVIOR. DRINKING, DRUGS AND SEX
By John Lockett
THOUSANDS of party-mad teens have descended on a small island in Texas for a booze-fuelled orgy of sun, sea and, most importantly, sex.
It's now Spring Break time which means millions of US college students will pack their bikinis and trunks but leave their inhibitions at home.
On South Padre Island - a narrow strip of land off the coast - more than 18,000 have arrived to get wet and very, very wild.
Drinking starts at 12 on the dot and, for those with the stamina, doesn't finish until the early hours.
Throughout the day, party animals down shots and take part in x-rated twerking contests and wet T-shirt competitions.
By mid-afternoon hundreds of young men and women are scattered unconscious on the beach.
The Spring Break season — America’s annual party season — stretches from the beginning of March until mid April.
The party starts at noon, when sexually-charged teens descend on the beach carrying American footballs and cool boxes loaded with booze.
Organised parties - at nearby hotels and clubs - offer students unlimited booze for the price of a £45 ticket.
By the evening, inhibitions have been lowered to such an extent there are regular reports of teens romping in the sea.
The tradition started in the 1930s, when colleges would take their swimming teams to competitions in Florida.
Editors Note: I worked Spring Break in Galveston and South Padre Island. The students were usually just letting off steam from studies. The trouble makers were the unemployed non-students. TABC Agents are called to the Texas Beaches each year to deal with the mayhem.