Surfing season for the Great Lakes area begins this Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-3) as the 19th Annual Corona Dairyland Surf Classic rides the wave into Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and according to freshwater surfing vet Larry Longboard Williams, the chilly competition is a chance for landlocked beach bums to get a taste of the Hawaiian spirit.
And while riding a frigid, 40-degree wave can be a chilly challenge, maintaining the surfer style is no easy task either.
Williams advises bold board riders to wear their beach duds over a thick sweater, or, if its extra cold, a Hawaiian- print parka.
But while most surfers hang ten in hot climates, the icy Wisconsin weather draws a different dude.
Williams says, We only stop when the boards are iced over and are too slippery to stand on. With the heavy wetsuit and the extreme cold, you can see that freshwater surfers are cut from a different cloth.
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