When we began asking locals why they loved water sports, we were surprised by their answers. We expected them to tell us about the adrenaline-rush and exhilaration they found out on the Gulf and waterways.
But that wasn’t the whole reason. It wasn’t even the main reason. Whether they preferred Jet Skis, kayaks, paddleboards or surfboards, the water sport enthusiasts we interviewed for this issue all said it was about the serenity and even solace they found in their pursuits. And it was also an opportunity to connect with nature.
Those of us lucky enough to live on the Texas coast understand the appeal of water and its soothing properties. If you haven’t already, we hope this issue of Coast Monthly inspires you to find a water sport you love and a way to connect to the natural resources that make it so beautiful here.
But islanders and mainlanders also have fun on land. Correspondent Erin Graham reports about the rise in popularity of tricycles — for grown-ups. Beach volleyball also is on the rise, even in communities where there isn’t a beach.
In this issue, you’ll also find our newest feature, Turning the Tables, in which we get to know some of the cooks who prepare our coastal and Texas favorites and what inspires them.
As we continue to grow, we’ll add new features that explore the culture here. We welcome your ideas and thoughts.
As always, you’ll find beautiful homes, kitchens, boats, cars and people in these pages.
We hope you have a beautiful beginning of summer.