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?

As an obsessed waverider but a less-than-prodigious user of social media, my feeds on the aforementioned platforms mostly contain images and videos of surfers from far-flung reaches of the globe challenging themselves on world-class waves.

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

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