Surfing column

The Southern Spears Surf Shop team won the Wes Ellsworth Team Ratings Champion Award at the Texas Gulf Surfing Association’s state championships last weekend, becoming the first Galveston squad in seven years to take the season title. Pictured, from left, are Jason Shelton, Kris Hopkins, Kane Hopkins, Caden Shelton, Brett Hopkins, Ben Elliot and Bronson Hilliard.

It had been more than seven years since a surf team from Galveston captured the Texas Gulf Surfing Association’s season-long championship.

But that long drought came to an end Sunday when the Southern Spears Surf Shop team continued its dominating season and won the coveted Wes Ellsworth Team Ratings Champion Award during the TGSA’s state championships at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi.

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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