Catching a wave on the Great Lakes is no easy task. You have to know the weather, brave the cold, have lots of patience and stay humble. Being surrounded by the largest freshwater source in the world and using it as a playground comes with a commitment to protecting the water now and for future generations. The stoke is what keeps bringing this group back even when the water is freezing and it’s the dead of winter.
Microadventure 16: Surf the Great Lakes / 45.023100, -85.763216
Even in Michigan, the search for unspoiled waves lures in brave surfers who know how and when to find them. It’s never about riding the biggest waves in the world, but rather the thrill of the chase and the satisfaction of catching a freshwater wave - even if only for a couple of seconds.
"This water is more then just a source for people to play in, its not just a play ground. Its where memories are created and its a way of life, its a way of business for many, and its our job to protect it for future generations."
- Loukas Bethea