Stab Magazine | Texans Evacuate, Gulf Coast Set To Score

Live Now: How Surfers Get Paid — The Queens of Ascension


Texans Evacuate, Gulf Coast Set To Score

Hurricane Harvey has Texans packing up while Gulf surfers rub their palms together.

news // Aug 25, 2017
Words by Ashton Goggans
Reading Time: 2 minutes

With Hurricane Harvey expected to hit Texas as a Cat 3 storm late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters are calling for a messy weekend in coastal Texas, and possibly pumping long-period surf for much of the rest of the Gulf Coast.

According to Gulfster, “Groundswell should start filling in [around St. Petersburg and Sarasota] by this weekend. Tropical Storm Harvey is strengthening in the gulf this morning as he aims for Texas. Hopefully, he spares the state of any major destruction he’s quite a big storm and over a foot of rain is expected along the TX coast.”

Texas residents have been encouraged, in the strongest possible terms, to evacuate areas in Harvey’s predicted path.

 Screen Shot 2017 08 24 at 4.20.56 PM

With long-period groundswells like this, surfers from Gulf Shores to Naples will be pacing anxiously, doing laps to and from the local jetty sandbar, waiting for signs of the swell’s first limp pulses. After a summer flat spell often lasting from April through July, Harvey will be a welcomed respite, and surely if the storm intensifies as predicted – the low deepening and sustained winds remaining in the low-six-figures – we’ll see some of the best conditions the Gulf’s seen in some time.

The question remains: Will we see a sandbar like those in St. Petersburg/Clearwater’s years past?  

006 TSDebby June242012 GAMMA

“This was taken up in Clearwater during Tropical Storm Debby, a few years back [2012]. It’s the same left that Cory [Lopez] surfs in one of the old ..Lost videos, just a lot bigger and better,” Ryan tells Stab. “The weather was horrendous, and I was shooting under an umbrella until it got too bad to shoot and then I went surfing.”


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Can Medina Overcome His CT Drought In Tahiti?

Tahurai Henry offers his picks for the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro

May 21, 2024

The 35 Best Song Pairings In Surf Films, As Ranked By Dane Reynolds, Taylor Steele & You

From Noa Deane and Courtney Love, to Andy Irons and Coldplay, to Creed McTaggart and…

May 20, 2024

Is This The Most Cost Efficient Way To Noticeably Improve Your Surfing In A Single Month?

All you can eat for $1500 AUD at URBNSURF Melbourne.

May 20, 2024

Watch And Learn: How To Score A Solo Sesh At 8-Foot Teahupo’o With Leonardo Fioravanti

Skip lunch and gorge.

May 19, 2024

Full Frame: The Story Behind The Photo You’ve Seen 1,000 Times

A viral ménage à trois in Bali.

May 18, 2024

Meet The Man Who Runs Kelly Slater’s Burgeoning Surf Empire

The Stab Interview with Dylan Slater. 

May 18, 2024

How Surfers Get Paid: Season 2, Episode 4

80+ interviews later, it's time to "send out the chicks".

May 17, 2024

How To Get To Stab High Japan

BYO ligaments. 

May 16, 2024

CT Earlybirds, Tahitian Warlords, And Aspirational Teenagers Divide Spoils From “11 out of 10” Teahupo’o Blob

Eimeo Czermak, Balaram Stack, Liam O'Brien, Cannon Carr, and Ryan Miller divulge tales from the…

May 16, 2024

The Lefts Off The Rights

Detailing the goofy-footed proclivity to go against the grain.

May 15, 2024

Watch: ‘Shotgun’ featuring Josie Prendergast & Taj Richmond

The allure of contradiction, displayed in the virtue of Northern Rivers sand.

May 15, 2024

How Accurate Were Our Pre-Cut Predictions?

Reflecting on the rookie-centric forecasts offered by CJ Hobgood, Stace Galbraith, Brett Simpson, and Mikey…

May 14, 2024

Local Wildcard Jordy Lawler Dusts 79 Transplants, Issy Nichols Denies Prodigy Erin Brooks Another Plush Toy

The Stab High winner is one semi-final away from tour qualification after only two events.

May 14, 2024

Which 2024 Stab High Competitor Has Given Us The Best Surf Part?  

Noa Deane, Chippa Wilson, Julian Wilson, Ian Crane and more duel for the most impactful…

May 13, 2024

There Are Still Perfect, Empty Waves Left In The World

Soli Bailey, Timo Simmers + Layne Stratton on the sand-bottomed unicorn seen in ‘Maps to…

May 13, 2024

What Happened To Bali?

And is an ethical future for surf development possible in Indonesia?

May 12, 2024

Premium Peek: Mason Ho + Sheldon Paishon Vs A Scottish Widow Maker

Less like a wave, more like a German Panzer tank (180 tons, FYI).

May 12, 2024

Tactical Burn, Shove + Leash Pull Ends In Tears, Disqualification + Fines At ISA World Juniors 

The young Portuguese surfer has since apologized for her 'grevious unsportsmanlike conduct'. 

May 11, 2024