DATE:  October 29, 2007       
CONTACT: Phil “Puddy” Albright 361.549.6617 (cell); or Steve Paschal 361. 825-2336 or 361.850.3172 (cell)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Surfing Students to Take Board Exams by Riding the Waves near Horace Caldwell Pier

Island University is only four-year school in Texas to offer surfing for credit

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WHO: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Students Enrolled in “Beginning Surfing” class

WHAT: Surfing Finals

WHEN: Tuesday, October 30 from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: I.B. Magee Park, North of Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Approximately 30 students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s “Beginning Surfing” class will take their final exam by riding the waves of Mustang Island about 100 yards north of Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the only four-year institution of higher learning in the state to offer surfing for credit through its Kinesiology program. The class is designed to teach students the skills to safely enjoy surfing through a combination of classroom lectures and a beach program. In addition to learning how to properly use equipment, students are taught surfing history and environmental issues.

The class is taught by Phil “Puddy” Albright, an experienced competitive surfer and registered sports counselor. Student’s final grades are based upon a combination of the surfing final and a written examination of material covered in the classroom. Albright and his students will be available for interviews.