But Austin-based photographer Kenny Braun has been surfing waves in the Gulf Coast for years.
“Even though the surf gets quite good in Texas, it usually doesn’t last that long,” Braun said in an interview with konbini.com recently.
“So having the opportunity to drop everything and go surfing is relative to one’s proximity to the beach and work commitments, etc. Texas surfers are just as devoted and passionate about surfing as surfers around the world.”
Braun has been working since 2000 to explore the Texas surf culture and capturing it all through his camera lens. From amateur wave riders to local board makers, Braun encapsulates it all in his recently released book, Surf Texas.
“Surprisingly, there are many people in Texas who don’t know that there are beaches in Texas, much less surfers. Even though Texas is the sixth most popular surfing state in the U.S. after California, Hawaii, Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey.”
Braun will be visiting the Texas Surf Museum, 309 N. Water St., Suite A in Corpus Christi Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.
Stop by and pick up your copy of Surf Texas and check out the surf museum afterward to learn about the long, storied history of Texas surfing.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.