Island surfers have been spoiled the last few weekends as decent-sized surf has been pulsing up and down Galveston beaches.
This year’s tour is full of drama and intrigue, with the returns of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater for his final year of competition and two-time world champion John John Florence, who was absent from the tour for much of last season with a knee injury.
Whether it’s good genes, excellent physical health, exceptional wave-riding skills or a combination of all three, it seems Galveston’s Kris Hopkins keeps surfing better with age.
For some, catching waves is akin to a religious experience, each ride wiping away the troubles of the world and providing a chance to recharge our batteries. For others, surfing is a pure athletic pursuit, a way to test themselves against the elements and compete against others while doing so.