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Frankly, I think guys who surf on Lake Michigan are nuts, but I admire them just the same.  We have record low pressure here in the Midwest right now.  Wind gusts up to 90 mph and a tornado touchdown.  They say it's the equivalent of a category 2 hurricane, but sustained winds are not as high as a hurricane because the system has been over land.  Anyway, the gales of November have come early and those kook Lake Michigan surfers are loving it.  Here's a little vid from the Weather Channel http://www.weather.com/outlook/videos/iwitness-surfing-on-lake-michigan-18635

Also, here's a Sufer article, but I don't know how old it is.  http://www.surfermag.com/features/onlineexclusives/unslatwisc/.

The guy who owns 4Seasons skate park here surfs on the lake.  I may have to give him a call and see if he's going.  I'll have to drive down by the beach today too and see if anyone's out in this.

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Yah, the winds here in Mpls have been wicked... 50+ mph for the past 1/2 a day. There saying this low pressure system is creating similar weather to when the Edmund Fitzgerald went down.
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isn't there some weird deal with how shit floats in fresh water vs salt water?
I think it'd be pretty cool to go surfing on one of the great lakes. I know it's not a novelty to the guys who surf there all the time, but for us "ocean bound" guys it'd seem sort of odd, huh?
I think Surfer has run quite a few articles about fresh water surfing.
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yea buoyancy is dependent on the weight of the water displaced.

Salt water is heavier than fresh so... great lakes' boards need to displace more water.

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Lake surfing would be trip, I was hoping to get some fresh water waves over here at the Ocean Dome but they closed it down already. 


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Yes, need more bouyancy.  Here's one solution.  They look cool too.



Beaver Dam - The surfing cow in the Walk on Water Surfboard logo is a brilliant marketing tool that puts the Great Lakes on the map as the home of freshwater surfing.

The work of brothers Lance Athearn and Jesse Kaftanski, owners of Walk on Water Surfboards, could soon put Wisconsin on the map as the home of hollow wood surfboards. The pair are building them in the basement of their Beaver Dam home, 60 miles from the nearest break and a thousand miles from an ocean.

Surfing runs in their blood. Their dad, Jan, was in the Coast Guard and during his service picked up the sport. Oddly, Jesse and Lance said it wasn't until they lived in Wisconsin that they began to surf on a regular basis.

They joined the hardy group that surfs in Lake Michigan near Sheboygan, during a season that typically stretches from September to May.

It was the desire to build a board for their dad that led the brothers into business.

After some research, they discovered that the hollow wood surfboard was invented by water sports legend Tom Blake, who was born in Milwaukee in 1902. The Wisconsin tie appealed to them, and since they were working construction jobs they had access to scrap lumber.

So in 2007 they began a process of trial and error to build three surfboards. Each board took about 120 hours, a time they have since cut in half.

The process involves selecting, milling and shaping the wood, joining the materials and finishing the boards through sanding and coating. Each board is custom built for each user and use, with computer-aided design and manufacturing software.

"When we finished the first three boards, we thought that would be it," Athearn said. "It's such a unique design that people were intrigued by them."

They decided to put some photos on the Web and soon had customers.

Since then they have built 10 more and hope to soon have the opportunity to display boards at Rutabaga Paddlesports in Madison and EOS in Sheboygan. The pair said Madison is a natural market, as standup paddling on surfboards is growing in popularity.

While wooden boards are significantly heavier than the typical surfboard, Kaftanski said the weight is an advantage for Great Lakes surfing where momentum is needed. Wood boards also are more durable, and Kaftanski said they are more environmentally friendly.

Besides scrap lumber from construction sites, the brothers have used boards from old barns and said they recently dismantled an old corn crib for the lumber.

"Every board is unique," Kaftanski said. "Every board has a story."

The most recently completed board is one they are donating to Surfers Healing, a charity that provides a chance to surf to children with autism. That board will be auctioned in southern California, and they were told it might end up as a wall hanging.

They'd much rather see the board in the water.

"It's hard to let these things go," Athearn said. "There's a little bit of DNA in every board, whether it's blood or sweat or tears."


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http://surf.transworld.net/1000164525/news/great-lakes-surf-movie-when-the-waves-call/


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Temps down, but surf's up on the Great Lakes.  Story I saw on local news yesterday.

http://www.woodtv.com/news/michigan/winter-surfers-ride-lake-michigan-waves


The water temperature was 45 degrees.

"Winter is actually the best time of the year to surf. It's when the waves get really good, so you got to come out in the winter if you want good waves. I mean, we get, like, one good day during the summer, but it's almost like every day during the winter," said Brown.

"Our eyelashes can freeze, our feet get cold, but overall I'm probably almost just as warm as you are right now, maybe even a little warmer," said McNeil.


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