We’re in the dog days of summer along the upper Texas coast with hot temperatures, gentle ocean breezes and warm Gulf waters.

It’s the perfect time — provided there’s a few little bumps to ride — to learn to surf because the waves are forgiving, and the crowds in the water are light. For some ambitious newbies, that could mean renting a board at one of the local surf shops or borrowing one from a friend (just make sure it’s a longboard that’s plenty thick). This approach gives you a chance to try and figure this surfing thing out for yourself.

If you’ve got a suggestion for a surfing-related topic you’d like to see covered in this column, email Stephen Hadley at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

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