Thursday, September 1, 2005

Wave Riders Bringing Boards To Lake Michigan

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hawaii and California may be the best known surfing hot spots, but surfers will be taking their boards to Wisconsin this weekend (Sept. 3-5) to carve some waves on Lake Michigan.

They will be doing so for the Corona Dairyland Surf Classic in Sheboygan, which will be the site of the largest gathering of freshwater surfers in the world.

More than 200 lake surfers are expected at the 18th annual event, and, unbeknownst to many, the waves on the Great Lakes average 4-6 feet high during the fall and early winter.

Although many lakes like Lake Michigan provide great surf, Surf Classic co-founder Larry Williams says lake surfing isn’t as appreciated as it should be.

For instance, Williams says the waves on most lakes come at a faster pace than many ocean surfing hot spots. Plus, a lake’s fresh water allows surfers to ride a little slower; and there’s no “localism,” at lake surfing spots, meaning riders don’t fight over waves, they share them.

Even more importantly, as Williams puts it, “[Lake surfers] have had frostbite before, but have never been attacked by a shark.”

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