When one thinks of surfing in Texas, they often think about riding the waves of the Gulf of Mexico along the southern coast.
However, that is not the only place one can cure their surfing itch in the Lone Star State.
The BSR Surf Resort in Waco is described as a skate park for surfers and provides wave riders the chance to perfect their craft all year long.
On May 23, the surf resort will host the first event in the new Red Bull Foam Wreckers event series. The series participatory and only foam (soft-top) surfboards are allowed in the contest.
The concept of the event comes from the mind professional surfer Jamie O’Brien, a Hawaiian surfer who made his name by conquering the famous Pipeline wave.
“I feel like Red Bull Foam Wreckers is the coolest contest in the world, because anybody could win. It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how much fun you can have and how creative you can be.” O’Brien said.
For the contest, participants will spin a wheel containing pictures of 12 to 15 different types of surfboards to decide which board they will be riding for that round.
“What you’re going to ride is unpredictable,” O’Brien said. “You might get the boogie board and go ‘I don’t know how to ride a boogie board’ and that’s what makes it fun.”
O’Brien said they chose Waco to host the first event of series because of its location and reputation amongst the surfing community.
“Waco has one of best wave pools in the world,” O’Brien said. “We felt like it was the perfect place for a lot of people to get involved.”
Although the contest is designed for everyone, some experienced surfers are expected to make appearances throughout the event.
Corpus Christi native Nate Floyd is one of three experienced surfers from the Coastal Bend who plan to make the trip and participate in the contest.
Floyd, the owner of the Wind & Wave Surf Shop in Flour Bluff, was taught how to surf by his father before he learned how to walk. Since then, the 32-year-old has spent his whole life perfecting his craft and traveling to surfing contests.
“I grew up on the island just surfing and always being at the surf shop and the beach,” Floyd said. “I’ve just grown up in the surf industry.”
Floyd primarily participates in events in Texas, but has traveled to Florida and California to attend national events.
Currently, Floyd is training for third professional surfing event in Mexico and is hoping this event can keep him from getting rusty.
“The way the contest is being run is really unique concept,” Floyd said. “this event is all about fun and hanging out and comradery. Plus this wave pool is like Disneyland for surfers.”
The event has no registration requirements and is scheduled to go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration for the event is underway at the Red Bull Foam Wreckers website.
Christopher Howley covers entertainment and community news in South Texas. Support more coverage like this at Caller.com/subscribe.