This week’s latest cold snap is going to lower water temperatures even further as we head into November, which is traditionally one of the more active surf months here in Texas.

As of Thursday, the beach water temperature in Galveston was hovering at around 65 degrees at the Pleasure Pier, a precipitous drop from just a few weeks ago. Combined with colder air temperatures and stiff offshore breezes, neoprene coverage will be the name of the game for the next five months or so.

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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matt woodward

O'neil actually makes a 3/3 Hyperfreak wetsuit. I bought one last year on a trip to San Diego and it worked great for the Gulf Coast winter season. Deep winter months just required some booties and gloves.

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