Surfing the Great Lakes

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by Dilly, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    You're right! I've learned to surf less good since going over 1k and my posts haven't gotten any better either

    CC Dog - the article last month got me jonesing for some frosty peaks
  2. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    It's like a novelty thing

    Like going back to the store brand box macnchee w/powder packs after eating the craft stuff for a while with the gooey stuff already made...ya know?

  3. seldom seen

    seldom seen Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Sh!t man, maybe that's why I suck so bad. Uke is just jealous of us slackers...someone's gotta do it man.
  4. capecodcdog

    capecodcdog Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    True dat, it's been so flat lately. As much as I love shedding all the neoprene, it's been shin slapper city, so some frosty peaks would be tasty.

    Can we get a Bermuda High or maybe a TS harmlessly a few hundred miles out to sea somewhere? Wouldn't want to put anybody in hardship for our pleasure sake, ya know.
  5. pickles

    pickles Well-Known Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    I used to live in Chicago and went out surfing several times at North Ave. They did not like surfers in that city, I was kicked out of the water by the lifeguards. A few people were even arrested there, and there was a big trial to open the lake for surfing. Slater even got involved, and now they have designated beaches. Let's just say, you haven't surfed cold water until you've gone out on Lake Michigan in Jan. It's another level
  6. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    other than the horrifying water/air temps, surfing the lakes would be similar to surfing the gulf of mexico. Onshore winds on east facing beaches before a big low, then offshore winds immediately after it passes (west facing beaches are even more fickle). It can get good and clean, but only lasts a couple hours. The longer the unblocked fetch, the better...and, of course, good bathemetry so the waves dont close out and length of ride.
  7. Panhandler

    Panhandler Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2015
    Sadly, this ^ is true. Patience is virtue here, as I can imagine there only much fargging colder, though the past few fall, winter, and springs paid off. This summer has been painfully flat, and hot, and crowded. But summer will soon end, and with luck, and a sacrificing of a tourista or two.....
  8. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    It's been over a week since I been out, and about a month since I've been able to use anything else but my foamed up board that only kinda acts like a longboard until (save for a brief stint in RI where I was late on the swell and seriously umderfoamed, then stopped at gansett, aka closeout/kook city - but that was on a suite-less hot day so I took it for what it was, no offense any real RIers here)

    I'd settle for 2-3 and clean at the right tide right now...3-5 and clean would give me a stiffy
  9. your pier

    your pier Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2013
    Lived in WNY forever and used to drive by a beach where I'd see guys out dodging mini icebergs, and having to bail before they hit the ice pack that extended 20 feet off the beach....glad that was not my first experience with surf
  10. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    It's true, it happens! Petosky has 100 yrd. peeling rights at 4ft. inside the bay!
    No pics to back up my claim and I think the locals want it that way.
  11. waterbaby

    waterbaby Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I'll believe that when I see it. Judging from the sat image, Petosky has some interesting bathymetry...but being west facing and having such a tiny fetch would indicate 99% sloppy onshore waves.
  12. endlessummer89

    endlessummer89 Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Hudson Bay?

    How about Hudson Bay in Canada? It looks like a pretty massive body of water, much bigger than the Great Lakes, similar to the Gulf of Mexico. Not really any info online about surfing there.
  13. Valhallalla

    Valhallalla Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    No fetch

    The wind needs to interact with the surface of the water in order to create waves. Since Hudson Bay is largely covered in ice that doesn't happen much.
  14. Barry Cuda

    Barry Cuda Guest

    As you walk from surf vehicle to Bay, you WILL encounter these small cute Polar Bears that are very hungry. Hope you are a fast runner.....
  15. DonQ

    DonQ Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2014

    Granted this vid backs your claim. But knowing you will never go there to get a swell when it does happen, don't disclaim anything.
    Truthfully, I've seen it and much better than this. My folks lived there for 15 years. I don't BS
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