For surfers, this past Tuesday was the first true test of Galveston’s new beach closure order that was put in place last weekend to help prevent crowds from gathering on the island.

The day dawned with offshore winds and a clean little swell groomed to perfection, the kind of morning that usually is punctuated by crowds of surfers gliding onto waves at some of the more popular spots in Galveston.

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

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