Our surf spots on the Texas Coast are mostly a product of sandbars built up near jetties, and piers that allow the waves to break in a uniform and a somewhat predictable pattern when we get a locally generated windswell.

That’s not to say that you can’t surf on Galveston’s West End or along the vast stretches of open beaches that make up the bulk of the Texas Coast. It’s just the waves are likely not going to break as consistently, and the paddle-outs will usually be long and arduous depending on where those sandbars collect along the uninterrupted shoreline.

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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