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EXCLUSIVE: A field hospital for drunk Spring Breakers, a wet t-shirt contest with men braying 'we want to see her p***y' and a SWAT team on standby - but South Padre couldn't be happier as 100,000 college kids descend on its beaches

  • Thousands of college kids descended on Rockstar beach in the tiny resort town of South Padre Island, Texas for a week of drug and booze-filled celebration for Spring Break
  • The biggest crowds were found on Clayton's Beach Bar located further up the sand which throws free beach bashes for up to 10,000 party-goers each day
  • Young women were seen participating in wet t-shirt contests with one ditching her bikini bottoms and others bending over on stage for groups of ogling young men
  • Unlike other popular Florida Spring Break destinations such as Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, students are actively encouraged to party - in part because of the $30.5M payday involved 
  • Owner Clayton Brashear told DailyMail.com that any inconvenience is worth the trouble because the students who tear up the beach at 21 turn into responsible adults who will bring their families back later on 
  • 'Some of the stores pay back their loans, bartenders catch up on their rent - Spring Break is a necessity for South Padre Island,' Brashear said 
  • The annual event, which is said to draw in about 100,000 students and cause a 100 per cent increase in crime in the beach town, has even called for authorities to ship in extra police units and a mobile 36-bed hospital.

 

Girls whipping off their bikini bottoms and bending over for groups of braying boys, a pungent cloud of marijuana smoke hanging over the sand, and students chugging bags of $11 gas station punch: this is Spring Break South Padre Island style.

During March, the sleepy Texan island community of just under 3,000 people is transformed as an estimated 100,000 college kids descend on its bars and beaches.

The result is a $30.5m payday, with bars and clubs raking in $2.8m in mixed beverage sales alone and the city enjoying a $1.44m windfall from a levy on hotel beds.

But as DailyMail.com's exclusive photos show, it also means carnage on the sand with brawling, drugs and vomiting – not to mention arrests – all part of the party scene.

So crazy have the students' antics become, authorities have to ship in extra police officers during March, tripling the local force, while a mobile 36-bed hospital, usually used by disaster response teams, has been set up.

Much of the revelry takes place on Rockstar Beach close to the Isla Grande hotel, where there are daily performances between 12pm and 6pm from artists such as Atlanta-based hip hop trio Migos.

But with tickets costing up to $50 a pop, the biggest crowds are to be found outside Clayton's Beach Bar further up the sand, which throws free beach bashes for up to 10,000 revelers each day.

Entertainment includes wet t-shirt contests and twerking competitions, although plenty of party-goers spend their time playing drinking games or chugging booze through one of the plastic beer bongs that can be purchased locally for as little as 90 cents.

On stage, girls taking part in a wet t-shirt contest could be seen gyrating for the boys to the sound of loud hip hop, with one even pulling down her bikini bottoms and putting on an X-rated performance after some of the crowd began shouting 'we want to see her p***y!'

Surveying the scene on Wednesday was owner Clayton Brashear, 57, who says the bar usually caters to a family-friendly crowd, although that evaporates during March.

'Spring Break is an animal within itself,' he told DailyMail.com. 'We've got young kids between the ages of 18 and 22, and they're coming to blow off steam.

'They want to put their feet in the sand, they want to drink beer, they want to meet friends, girls, and party and do what Spring Breakers do.'

To keep the punters coming in, he puts on nightly concerts - with this week's headliners including Atlanta hip hop star Future and Miami-based rapper Gucci Mane.

But college kids 'doing what they do' also means a spike in drunken antics and a headache for police and other emergency services.

Ayanna Guthrie, 20, a student from Sam Houston State University, said she had come for the free beach parties but had also seen some eye-opening sights, including 'a girl snorting coke while getting f***ed' in full public view.

Another student, 19-year-old Lia Heintz, revealed that her parents had begged her to be careful before coming to South Padre but said that what she had seen so far was 'just beautiful' and added that she plans to party all week.

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