Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Surf's Up

By now it is no secret that I am obsessed with Lake Michigan. I love it. It is beautiful, and unpredictable, and powerful, and majestic. Everyone who sees it for the first time is amazed at its size and how much it resembles an ocean. Still, many people are surprised to hear that we have so many surfers that take on the waves of Lake Michigan.

The city I live in is known as one of the best spots in the world for freshwater surfing. There is an annual surfing contest held here every year and surfers come from all over to participate. It is pretty fun to watch. Especially when our lady Lake decides to cooperate and give the contestants some decent waves. This year the surfers did not have very good waves the weekend of the contest but this past Saturday the conditions were great.
(click on pics to enlarge)
Still, as we were driving by I was pretty shocked to see so many surfers out that day. There had to be over fifty surfers. We quickly pulled the car over and got out to watch for a while. And of course I had to snap some photos too.
The surfers would ride the waves all the way to the beach, walk across the sand to the jetty, and walk out to the pier.
Once they got to a relatively calm area they would climb down the boulders and jump back into the lake's icy waters.
I'm not a fan of being cold, but it looked like so much fun that I think I may have convinced myself to try it someday. Yes, I may freeze my butt off but at least I wouldn't be crashing into coral reefs or get eaten by sharks. It sounds like a pretty good trade off to me.
I guess these surfers think so too.

25 comments:

Hilary said...

Wow.. that is cool to see surfers in this part of the world in November. I'm guessing that it's been as mild there this past weekend as we had here.. warm temperatures had me feeling like it was summer too. Great, unexpected captures, Kat.

Kat said...

Hilary- The great weather was a big bonus, because they are actually out there in 40 degree weather too. Now that is dedication. ;)

Emily said...

40 degrees!? Brrrr!! The pictures make it look deceptively warm. Very cool!

Mom24 said...

Beautiful pictures, but I simply can't imagine getting in the water this time of year. Brrrr!

What an incredible setting...it looks like you were at the ocean.

Kat said...

Emily- Oh no. The day I took these pictures it was closer to 70 degrees, but they would still be out there if it was cold. I meant I've seen them out there in 40 degree weather. ;)

Kathryn said...

I think I would prefer to surf in 40 degree weather rather than surf with sharks, but thats just me~

It really looks beautiful, I've never seen it, but your convincing me to come give it a "look see" and check out the lovely Great Lakes Region!

Fire Hunt said...

I love to see surfers but I have tryed to do it and can't.

Allison said...

Hmmmm, I never knew you could surf in a lake?!

Stephanie said...

I'm an ocean girl all the way, but these pictures make me yearn for a lake nearby. That's breathtaking! But way too cold for me too ;)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Amazing to think that's Wisconsin and not northern California, isn't it?

Tammy said...

That is so cool. I live near Lake Michigan and I rarely see surfers. I see windsurfing I guess.

Karen Deborah said...

two words--wet suit

no freezing buns they even make wet suit booties for your feet.

love the water, love it love it love it. Must be nice weather again, it's beautiful here too.

Tonya said...

beautiful pictures!!!

Jaysi said...

I love Lake Michigan also. I used to live in Chicago, and I used to roller blade, bike or just walk down by the lake all the time. In fact....my husband proposed to me in our favorite "spot" by the lake! Great memories!! You are so lucky you get to enjoy it every day.

Krystyn said...

Wow... Lake Michigan is cold in the summer...I can't even imagine in the fall....brrrr!!!

Dawn said...

That does sound like fun! I think the no sharks aspect of the freshwater sounds very appealing.

Tam said...

Dedication! That is for sure! We think we are freezing here in the South when we get to 50 degrees! LOL Great Post Kat!

Not Your Aunt B said...

Who knew? No sharks is a huge bonus.

Robyn said...

How did I not know this. Though I am more familiar with Lake Superior and I haven't seen surfers there.

Momisodes said...

I had no idea there was even surfing in Lake Michigan. I just love watching surfers out in the water.

Good for you for wanting to give it a try! I'm not a fan of cold water either, but I've heard the wet suits make a world of difference.

painted maypole said...

i love lake michigan. I've never seen anyone surf on it, but when I lived in CA I would love to go to the beach and watch the surfers. I had someone offer to teach me how to surf, but then we moved. alas. I never got a chance to try.

Stacie's Madness said...

lol I like that comment that Lake Michigan is cold in the summer...so true!

great pictues!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh, those picture make me want to run along the beach and splash freezing cold water all over.

How fun, can't wait to see you all geared up for your go at surfing, Kat!

lime said...

wow, i had no idea the waves could be big enough to surf! i have learned something!

Lisa said...

very cool :) I didn't know people surfed up there.

Words To Live By

Be grateful for each new day.
A new day that you have never lived before.
Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably.
We can squander, neglect, or use them.
Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could;
some blunders and absurdities crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be
encumbered with your old nonsense.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson