I’m convinced there’s no better feeling than catching a wave and setting it up just perfectly, a wide open green wall of water unveiling itself just in front of you as you set your rail and begin pumping down the line to generate speed.

What a surfer does with all that speed and the setup is a matter of experience, style and ability.

Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. He can be reached via email at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

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