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Unfortunately, there aren’t a ton of options for wave-riding bookworms. But that doesn’t stop me from finding nearly every one of the newly released titles that are even tangentially related to riding waves.

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It’s the end of another year—and a decade—and now seems to be as good a time as any to share my favorite things about surfing and being a surfer on the Texas coast.

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The holidays are now in full swing, and some of us might have waited until the last minute to procure gifts for our fellow surfer friends and family members.

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While checking the surf the other day at the Pleasure Pier, I watched a lone figure guide his longboard into the small breaking waves, paddle furiously to catch one and then jump to his feet before falling almost immediately into the whitewater.

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This week, when I heard the news that ABC was seeking participants to compete in a surfing reality show, I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fools’ Day.

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As of Thursday, the beach water temperature in Galveston was hovering at around 65 degrees at the Pleasure Pier, a precipitous drop from just a few weeks ago. Combined with colder air temperatures and stiff offshore breezes, neoprene coverage will be the name of the game for the next five months or so.

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In this age of social media saturation, I often find myself pondering a question again and again: If you don’t post about a surf session on Instagram or Facebook, did it even happen?

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The Southern Spears Surf Shop team continued its dominating season and won the coveted Wes Ellsworth Team Ratings Champion Award during the TGSA’s state championships at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi.