Covering a span of more than fifty years, a new book titled Surfing Corpus Christi and Port Aransas will be published on May 24, 2010. The book commemorates the rich culture of wave raiders in the Texas Coastal Bend region.
Tracing the sport’s Coastal Bend origins through more than 200 historical images, the new pictorial history is the first major book ever written about surfing in Texas.
Husband and wife author team Dan Parker and Michelle Christenson are longtime surfers and Port Aransas residents, and both have worked as curators of the Texas Surf Museum since the museum opened its doors in 2005. The authors drew on more than 50 sources of information and photos during their research, and believe they have preserved an important and fascinating part of local history. “We hope the book will promote a better understanding of Texas surfing -- something that's not well-understood by the surfing world at large, much less the general public,” Parker said.
• The story of Pat Magee, one of the state’s best-known surf shop proprietors and one of the world’s top classic surfboard collectors.
• The establishment of what is believed to be the nation’s first surf shop ever to be located in an indoor mall.
• Many images that have never been published before.
Beginning May 24, the new book will be available at the Texas Surf Museum, book stores and other local retailers, on-line retailers, and from the publisher at www.arcadiapublishing.com.