For decades, I’ve waited with almost manic fervor and anticipation for the arrival of the latest issue of a surf magazine in my mailbox each month.
Every time the first cool fronts start sliding across our coast, I am initially taken back to those early days, and my attempts at staying out of that stiff-as-a-board full-suit for as long as possible.
It occurred to me the other day, while still basking in the glow of the Hurricane Michael big Wednesday swell, that surfing’s importance in a wave rider’s life is constantly in flux, as fluid as the ocean itself.
Galveston surfers, who flocked to the island this week in droves, were greeted with corduroy lines to the horizon on Wednesday morning courtesy of Hurricane Michael.
BSR Surf Resort in Waco ended its season early after reports that a New Jersey surfer died Sept. 21 from a rare, “brain-eating” amoeba—Naegleria fowleri—which has infected just 143 people in the U.S. between 1962 and 2017
James Fulbright has tanker surfing down to an art and a science. He’s been exploring these waters for years, mapping the shallows where the wakes from passing tankers morph into beautiful, peeling waves that surfers can ride.
What’s changed over the past decade or so is where newly acquired surfboards originate. Based on the photos I’m seeing online, it seems that most surfers in the Lone Star State don’t ride boards shaped in Texas.
The state’s two artificial wave parks — NLand Surf Park in Austin and BSR Surf Resort in Waco — have reopened following brief closures for maintenance.
Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.