Ihave an unscientific theory, hypothesized the other morning during coffee cup introspection, that surfers love riding waves because the act itself connects us with our true nature.

Immersed in the salt, surrounded by pelicans, dolphins and the embrace of the Gulf, we connect with a force beyond our physical body, going beyond the thoughts of our brains or any number of labels society uses to categorize us: worker, parent, spouse, etc.

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

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