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Catch a waver—er, A glimpse—of Corpus Christi’s new Texas Surf Museum, where hundreds of artifacts narrate the general history of surfing and its connection to the Lone Star State.

The 2,500-square-foot museum houses more than 35 classic surfboards dating from the early 1960s, as well as reproductions of 1930s- and ’40s-era boards. Don’t miss original surf movie posters for famous flicks like Ride the Wild Surf and Five Summer Stories, or the pen-and-ink surf drawings by artist Rick Griffin. Listen to surf tunes from collectible albums featuring Dick Dale, The Ventures, and The Beach Boys.

Check out exhibits on pioneering Texas surfers, including legendary Galveston lifeguard Leroy Colombo, among the first to surf in Texas in the 1930s, and Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, who got his start in Galveston waves and went on to take second place in the Pacific Coast Surf Riding Championships in San Onofre, California, in 1941.

The museum also features a section devoted to Pat Magee, a former state surf champion and current Port Aransas surf shop owner. Magee collaborated with friend Brad Lomax, a Corpus Christi businessman, to construct the museum, at 309 N. Water St. Call 361/882-2211.

From the July 2005 issue.

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