There’s nothing quite like a surfer’s first wave.

The thrill of gliding atop water, the sound of the rushing surf and the feeling of accomplishment as you point the board toward shore and realize the pure joy and freedom that comes with riding a wave.

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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