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