Surfing the Great Lakes!

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

When you think of surfing hot spots, your mind probably jumps to a beach somewhere in the sunshine. Most likely, your initial though is not the frigid waters of America’s Great Lakes.

Image: Great Lakes surfers surfing by a pier.
Source: Surf the Greats // Facebook

Yet, for a select group of surfers winter on the shores the Great Lakes makes for the perfect surfing conditions.

Today on Saturdays Around the World we head to the frozen north to get a look at the surfers who call the Great Lakes home, and the comradery these unique surfing conditions have created!

To you or me surfing in a snowstorm may seem a little crazy, but the Great Lakes are more than just a place to surf, they offer a home to a unique culture of surfers.

When we saw this beautifully shot and creatively edited video from Jake Kovnat about the Great Lakes surfers, we knew we had to share it with you!

Icy Waters, Up-Close…

After watching this I was left wanting to see just a little more of what it’s like to ride these frigid waters. So, I went and checked out the Surf the Greats Vimeo page where I found this great video shot on Lake Ontario during a snowstorm in December of 2013.

Great Lakes surfers seem to be a breed all their own, but I love their sense of community and comradery!

They are the kind of thinkers out there on the edges of possibility reminding us to think bigger and constantly look at the world with fresh eyes!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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