If you’re a fan of surfing in colder water, you’re in luck.

The water temperature along the Galveston beachfront is still mighty chilly for this time of year, thanks to some late-season cold fronts and lack of sunshine over the past month or so.

In early March, the Galveston beach water is typically heading toward the 70s. This year, it’s stuck in the high 50s and not really showing much inclination to inch higher. Thankfully, we’ll start getting an hour more sunshine with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time tomorrow, so eventually we’ll be able to stow the full wetsuits for good until November.

Until then, however, be prepared for some chilly sessions over the next few weeks. The wave forecast is calling for rideable surf for the next few days, building through Tuesday. Check the cams at www.g-townsurf.com for the latest conditions.


The Texas Gulf Surfing Association has put out a call for entries for its upcoming Galveston Open competition, tentatively set for March 23-24.

Open contests—as opposed to district events—feature the best amateur surfers from across the state. That means when the contest occurs, there will be wave-riders driving to the island from the Coastal Bend and points south. Get more information or sign up at www.surftgsa.org.


Speaking of competition, the World Surf League’s new season starts April 3 with the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, followed by the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach in southern Australia, which is set to begin on April 17.

A big change for this year is that the tour will leave Australia for the third event of the season and head to Bali, Indonesia, before returning to Western Australia for the fourth event at famed big-wave break Margaret River.

In other tour news, the upcoming season will mark the last for 11-time world champion Kelly Slater, who announced last year that 2019 will be his final trip around the world as a WSL competitor. This season will also be punctuated by the return of two-time world champ John John Florence, who was sidelined much of last season with an injury.

When the action gets underway early next month, you can check it out at www.worldsurfleague.com.

Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

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