Surfs Up by Julie
While it seems crazy, winter, particularly November & December, are Michigan’s best surfing season. If you take a look through our photos of Michigan surfing, you’ll see that the biggest waves are the ones that come with snow & cold.
Julie took this on Sunday in Charlevoix when the temperature was a balmy 37 degrees. Head over to her Flickr for a shot of all five surfers who were out and see lots more in her Lighthouses gallery on Flickr.
Shredder Schettin’ by PhotoYoop
One of my favorite Facebook follows is Cory Genovese aka PhotoYoop. He took this photo a couple days ago in some wild Lake Superior surf and writes:
Wait, that’s not right…I mean Schetter Shreddin’! ;)
A few rounds in Superior yesterday. The Zoo was close to as heavy as I’ve been in. Thankfully, our little South break was not. 4′ – 6′ 8/10ft 7secs air -1c sea 1c
Definitely follow him on Facebook and view & purchase photos at photoyoop.com!
Lots more surfing pics on Michigan in Pictures!
Surfing the Great Lakes, photo by Paulh192
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
Live, try, learn, grow & push yourself in 2019. Happy New Year everyone and for the Fun Police, don’t try surfing in the winter if you don’t know how to surf in the summer. ;)
Paul took this shot a surfer contemplating some mountainous waves on Lake Michigan on the pier in Grand Haven, Michigan during an unusually violent November storm. What looks like the shoreline on the upper right is actually another huge wave!
California Dreamin’, photo by Snap Happy Gal Photography
Heather of Snap Happy Gal Photography was one of many photographers who made the trek to Grand Haven for a weekend storm that was supposed to produce massive waves. While Heather says she didn’t see anything quite as big as the the 20-footers forecast, the lake was still putting on a rocking show!
Often when I post a photo like this, I get some blowback from a reader or two who thinks that pictures like this aren’t OK because someone might somehow get hurt. Heather’s thoughts mirror my own on this:
So this guy – with his superior swimming ability, experience and thick wetsuit (with gloves, booties, and full hood + helmet) is crazy. Who would ever put their life in such danger?
Oh – all of us. All the time. Like when I drove in a metal box at 75mph on my way to take photos of this guy.
View this bigger and definitely follow Snap Happy Gal on Facebook for more!
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Marquette MI Surf 04-12-2013, photo by Shawn Malone/Lake Superior Photo
The Great Lakes Echo has a great WKAR Current State feature produced by April Van Buren that I encourage you to check out to get a real feel for Michigan surfing. It’s titled Can’t get to California? Surf the Great Lakes and features Bob Beaton, president of the Great Lakes Surfing Association and Joe Matulis, owner of East Lansing-based paddleboard and surfboard company Matuli.
The story of surfing the 25 foot waves at Grand Haven the night the Fitz went down is reason alone to check it out, and this 15 minute feature takes you from the birth of Michigan surfing in the 70s when they tore the masts off of sailboats and made their own boards, to the recent past when they … well … still made their own boards while learning to surf to be more employable as ocean lifeguards, and all the way up to the present day with heated wetsuits that let you surf two hours in the dead of winter without a break. Except for the winter waves because this is Michigan, so of course the best waves are found in winter!
If you’re talking about cold weather surfing, it doesn’t get much colder than Lake Superior in April! Check out Shawn’s photo bigger and get many more from this April surfing session on Lake Superior in Marquette in her Marquette MI Surf 04-12-2013 album on Facebook. Shawn also has a gallery of some long period Superior winter waves at lakesuperiorphoto.com that was featured in Surfer’s Journal.
Lots more surfing on Michigan in Pictures.
Surf’s up, photo by Bill Dolak
Fall is surf season in Michigan, so I thought I’d share this photo and a link to a slideshow of nearly 500 photos from the Absolute Michigan photo group on Flickr.
View Bill’s photo from South Beach in South Haven background bigtacular and see more in his South Haven slideshow.
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PS: I feel like I should tell you that if you aren’t a very good surfer, you should stay away from the Great Lakes in high winds and waves, particularly when the water is cold!
Frankfort Winter Surfing, photo by lomeranger.
See this photo from Frankfort bigger and purchase if you want at Jason’s Zenfolio.
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Enter the battleground, photo by adonyvan.
Check out absolutemichigan.com/Surf for all kinds of Michigan surfing links and features including this one with a great surfing video.
Check this out on black and in Jiqing Fan’s Houghton & UP MI slideshow.
Surf_3883, photo by ON THE MOON STUDIO.
We have some great videos at Michigan: Great Lakes Surfing Capital on Absolute Michigan. See more surfing on Michigan in Pictures. There’s also Northern Michigan Surf on Facebook and in the Surfing slideshow from the Absolute Michigan pool!
Check this out background big and see more in Paul’s slideshow.
Surfing Superior, photo by PhotoYoop.
A mid spring storm brought cold temperatures and about 4 inches of snow to the U.P. But it also brought waves, and when she builds them, she calls them, and they come. These surfers traveled all the way from from Chicago and Milwaukee to surf the Great Lake.
Lake Superior, 4-17-11
Check this out bigger and in his The Yoop – U.P. slideshow. See many (many) more in his Surfing Superior 2011 set of photos on Facebook.
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