It’s over 350 miles and a six hour drive from Austin to Padre Island, considered by most to be one of the best places to surf in Texas.
For a few short summers,Austin locals could hit the artificial waves at the NLand Surf Park. But in December 2018 it closed for the winter and the World Surf League bought the property. I couldn’t find any current updates, but all indications show the new owners (Kelly Slater) are moving ahead with plans to retrofit the facility with the latest wizz-bang wave machines.
Snaps were taken on a visit August 8, 2018. Kids learning to surf. Snack bar. Dudes catching waves. It was a cool place to surf, assuming you lived in Central Texas and didn’t have time for a twelve-hour round trip drive to Padre Island.
Seeing this sign at Dana Point Harbor reminded me of the extinction of a #surfing era known as Killer Dana. It happened in 1966 when the first boulder of the breakwater was dropped. It was completed in 1971.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California hosted their annual Photography Night last weekend. It was quite a treat to photograph the animals in a quiet, cerebral setting and to enjoy the company of other photographers and the knowledgeable staff from the aquarium and local sponsors.