PORT Aransas – Surfers from Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Austin took part in the 11th annual Port A Surf Festival near Horace Caldwell Pier on Saturday.
Nearly 40 people joined 10 dogs in the annual race.
The Surf Festival is a longboard competition for all age groups hosted by the Port Aransas Conservation and Historical Society. It is responsible for the town’s museum, the Farley Shipyard, the Texas Scow Schooner Project, and the future Maritime Museum.
Finalist Larry Arce from Corpus Christi said he has been surfing for 16 years. He said being inspired by other surfers was what got him into the hobby.
“Once I started and got a feel for the waves, I was hooked,” Arce said. “The waves started slow today but eventually picked up. Today was a good day for surfing.”
Events begin around 9am with competition categories including men’s, women’s, junior women’s and groms – young surfers under the age of 15.
The festivities continued later in the day with a party and awards ceremony at the Surfside Lounge, live music and fried fish.
To stay up to date with next year’s surf festival, visit facebook.com/portasurffest.
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