Surfing in Texas? Absolutely!

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Knowing my itinerary on a recent visit to Corpus Christi included seeing the Texas Surf Museum, I must admit I was somewhat skeptical. Approaching the museum in the unseasonably cool April air, I couldn’t help smiling as I viewed the surfboard above the door painted like the Texas flag. So far, so good.

Knowing nothing about surfing aside from hearing about the young girl getting attacked by a shark and losing her arm or seeing a bulldog riding the waves in California in a news story, I had no preconceived notions. I entered to find a number of surf-themed books, CD’s, clothes and sandals positioned around the entrance to the museum. I walked under the pier entrance and into the world of Texas surfing. Boards of every style, color and pattern jutted out of the concrete floor and my mind immediately went to an image of Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High , “Well Stu, I’ll tell you. Surfing’s not a sport, it’s a way of life, you know, a hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, ‘Hey bud, let’s party!'”

While Texas doesn’t have the big waves of California and Hawaii, the waves are there. Sure, they’re smaller but apparently you can ride them for minutes instead of just seconds. You just need patience and creativity. Riding the waves produced by tankers is one of the highlights of the Texas surfing crowd. Who knew? Well, maybe the late Farrah Fawcett. After all, she was from Corpus Christi and the museum includes her infamous swimsuit poster on their walls. Need more information, visit http://www.texassurfmuseum.com. 20130405-203114.jpg
Eat in the Heart of Texas
Corpus Christi offers great variety when it comes to dining options. At lunch, I selected Chicken Curry and Black Pepper Fried Broccoli from Vietnam Restaurant. http://vietnam-restaurant.com/. For dinner, Bleu Bistro tempted my taste buds with Seared Sea Scallops with broccolini and a bacon chardonnay jus. While I did enjoy the scallops, the desert offering of Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with a White Chocolate Sauce was fabulous. http://bleubistrocc.com/

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Finally, I ended my trip to the gulf with a stop at Brewster Street Ice House (http://bleubistrocc.com/www.brewsterstreet.net) and ordered a Shrimp Po-Boy with a mix of regular and sweet potato fries. Since I don’t live on the gulf coast, enjoying the local seafood seemed the way to end my adventures before I left for home. I wasn’t disappointed. So the next time you’re looking for adventures in Texas, the coast might be just the answer you need. Safe travels!

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