i hate to tell u, but bulls are worse than greatwhites. im from texas too, and surf matagorda and port a. in matagorda i was wadefishing, and was knocked over in about 3 feet of water by a 7 ft bull shark. luckily he didnt get a bite outta me but it still scared me. the best thing to do is jus surf and try not to think about it, its when u start thinking about it that u start freaking out, and dont pay attention to the wave then ull get worked. have fun in so cal!