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Wilde About Texas: Galveston Seawall
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In a way, the Galveston Seawall is a memorial to the thousands of people that lost their lives in the 1900 hurricane, and it's also one of the main stops for those that visit beach town each year.
Charles French grew up near Dallas, but now calls the island home. In his free time he joins his friends fishing on the jetties.
"Me and my parents used to come down here in the summer and we'd fish or swim or whatnot," he said. "You can catch red fish, trout, flounder, shark, a lot of shark, and then you catch the occasional catfish."
It’s also a great place to catch some waves. Cooler fall temperatures can mean smaller crowds, and Spears Surf Shop Owner David Voigt says it's the perfect time to take up surfing.
"If you want to make it a hobby and stick with it, or if you're down visiting Galveston for a day and you want to take a board out and play around," he said.
You could also play around by bike, window shop or walk the dog, but if the waves are calling you, there are plenty of people willing to give you a few tips.
"As a beginner, it's more or less you want a longer board. You're going to have more stability under you," Voigt said.
The Seawall was built to protect the island from a hurricane's storm surge. The first three-mile section was completed in 1904, but now it is now more than 10 miles long.