Monday, August 28, 2006

Sheboygan Surf Classic Has Midwest Surfers Hanging Ten

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Malibu Beach in California and Waikiki, Hawaii, may be the best known surfing spots but Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is establishing itself as a pretty “tubular” surf spot too.

Sheboygan, which calls itself the “Malibu of the Midwest,” is a beach-like city along Lake Michigan, where the waves can get up to 24 feet high and break as fast as nine seconds apart.

Sheboygan’s surf season officially kicks off on Labor Day weekend with the 19th Annual Dairyland Surf Classic, which begins Sept. 2 and runs through the winter.

One of those landlocked surfers who will be hanging ten is 53- year-old Larry “Longboard” Williams.

He says lake surfing is similar to ocean surfing except the waves crash faster on the lake than on the sea.

Plus, the best rides come from surfing off of ice glaciers.

But the biggest difference may be the freezing water temperatures.

As he puts it, “Surfers out here have never suffered from a shark attack, but frostbite is a whole other story.”

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