Photo Gallery: Hurricane Alex Slams Texas

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season kicks up offshore of Texas. Photo: Steele
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Alex, kicks up offshore of Texas. Photo: Steele


Eschewing any type of concern for personal safety or common sense, Alek Parker and Cory Lopez drive straight into Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele
Eschewing any type of concern for personal safety or common sense, Alek Parker and Cory Lopez drive straight into Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele


Hurricane Alex, meet Alek "Hurricane Chaser" Parker. Photo: Steele
Hurricane Alex, meet Alek "Hurricane Chaser" Parker. Photo: Steele


Alek Parker's partner in hurricane chasing, Cory Lopez, bashes his first 'cane fueled lip of 2010. Photo: Steele
Alek Parker's partner in hurricane chasing, Cory Lopez, bashes his first 'cane fueled lip of 2010. Photo: Steele


In Texas, there's a lot more to chase than just surf... Photo: Steele
In Texas, there's a lot more to chase than just surf... Photo: Steele


Texan ripper Morgan Faulkner enjoying the fruits of Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele
Texan ripper Morgan Faulkner enjoying the fruits of Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele


Thank God that's not oil on the beach; the Texas coastline has been spared from the catastrophic BP oil spill for now... Photo: Steele
Thank God that's not oil on the beach! The Texas coastline has been spared from the catastrophic BP oil spill for now... Photo: Steele


Gulf coaster Cory Lopez carves up Hurricane Alex fueled surf in Texas. Photo: Steele
Gulf coaster Cory Lopez carves up Hurricane Alex fueled surf in Texas. Photo: Steele


No matter where you are, it's a hell of a lot easier to jump off a pier than paddle out through short interval swell like Hurricane Alex offered up. Photo: Steele
No matter where you are, it's a hell of a lot easier to jump off a pier than paddle out through short interval swell like Hurricane Alex offered up. Photo: Steele


One of the many hot surfer girls from Texas dodges a muddy brown lip while sets stack to the horizon. Photo: Steele
One of the many hot surfer girls from Texas dodges a muddy brown lip while sets stack to the horizon. Photo: Steele


Alek Parker (pictured here) and friends will be chasing hurricanes throughout the season exclusively for TransWorld SURF...this is just the beginning! Photo: Steele
Alek Parker (pictured here) and friends will be chasing hurricanes throughout the season exclusively for TransWorld SURF...this is just the beginning! Photo: Steele


With his bro Jon Steele shooting photos and a couple big name pros in town, Justin Jalufka waves the Texas flag proudly. Photo: Steele
With his bro Jon Steele shooting photos and a couple big name pros in town, Justin Jalufka waves the Texas flag proudly. Photo: Steele


Perfect duckdive form from a potential TransWorld SURF Model Search contestant... Photo: Steele
Perfect duckdive form from a potential TransWorld SURF Model Search contestant... Photo: Steele


A veteran of hundreds of hurricane chasing missions, Cory Lopez's spontaneous surfing is perfectly suited for the ramp-filled conditions they usually come across. Photo: Steele
A veteran of hundreds of hurricane chasing missions, Cory Lopez's spontaneous surfing is perfectly suited for the ramp-filled conditions they usually come across. Photo: Steele


You're not trippin', the sign does say "Watch For Pelicans When Flashing". Imagine a big ass pelican being propelled by hurricane force winds and it makes more sense... Photo: Steele
You're not trippin', the sign does say "Watch For Pelicans When Flashing". Imagine a big ass pelican being propelled by hurricane force winds and it kinda makes more sense... Photo: Steele


Alek Parker punts one in the face of Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele
Alek Parker punts one in the face of Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele


Hurricane Alex storm surge damage at Bob Hall Pier outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Thankfully there was nothing too major... Photo: Steele
Hurricane Alex storm surge damage at Bob Hall Pier outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Thankfully there was nothing too major... Photo: Steele


Cory Lopez gives Alek Parker's cameraman an interview while on location on South Padre Island during Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele
Cory Lopez gives Alek Parker's cameraman an interview while on location on South Padre Island during Hurricane Alex. Photo: Steele


Morgan Faulkner tees off on the lip at Bob Hall Pier on South Padre Island, Texas. Photo: Steele
Morgan Faulkner tees off on the lip at Bob Hall Pier on South Padre Island, Texas. Photo: Steele


They came, they saw, they kicked ass, and they carved up surf thanks to Hurricane Alex. Stay tuned for the next episode of Alek Parker and the Hurricane Hunters right here on TransWorld SURF... Photo: Steele
They came, they saw, they kicked ass, and they carved up surf thanks to Hurricane Alex. Stay tuned for the next episode of Alek Parker and the Hurricane Hunters right here on TransWorld SURF... Photo: Steele