Bill Hall and his collection of The Surf Report

Bill Hall looks over an edition of The Surf Report, a monthly publication used by traveling surfers during the 1980s and 1990s, before the advent of the internet.

With our summer flat spell hitting its fourth week, a surfer’s thought naturally turns to travel.

Every year around this time, scores of upper coast wave-riders set out for Mexico, Central America, California and even further afield to surf. These trips have been a rite of passage for as long as there have been surfers, and people can usually find Texas surfers stationed all across the globe in search of waves, seeking a respite from the flatness that envelopes our stretch of beach this time each year.

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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