SUP the Red Cedar River, East Lansing, Michigan

 

The standing wave on the campus of Michigan State University was working again.  The flow rate was over 1400 so I grabbed my Matuli Fresh 10.6 Paddleboard for a surf. Standing waves can be difficult to ride because you do not have forward momentum.  Sometimes it is easy to fall off the back of the wave.  Using the the paddle it was a lot easer to stay on the wave.  Current forecasts do not look good for surfing the river.  We will need a lot more rain for it to work again.   The good news is the Ice on Lake Michigan is melting and will soon be ice free.  Fall is the best time to surf the Lakes but Spring waves can be fun.

2014 SUP Race Calendar

I am sure more Great Lake area races will be added.  If you are interested in finding a paddleboard race take a look.  There are events all over Michigan.  Some races like Third Coast Surf Shops Sweetwater Sup are in Lake Michigan.  Other races are on smaller lakes.  This years racing calendar starts out with a free paddle run paddle in Holland, Michigan.

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Surfing in Sochi!

I have heard a lot about how Sochi is a summer vacation hot spot.  Naturally, before I think about going anywhere I always ask myself, “can you surf there?”  A quick Google search and I found that Russia has its own version of inland sea surfers.  Sochi is located on the black sea and from the looks of footage on youtube the waves are a lot like the waves we see in Lake Michigan.   The sea is salt water it must feel a lot like the ocean.  Lake Michigan has a Max Length of 307 Miles while the Black Sea has 730 Miles.  The more distance wind has to travel over water the bigger the waves are.  The Black Sea is almost 8 times deeper then Lake Michigan with a depth of 7,254 feet.  At first I thought surfing in Russia must be really cold. February looks like the coldest water temperature for Sochi with an average of 47.7 degrees F and is warmest in August at 77.5 degrees.  It doesn’t look like they are having the same ice problem we have in the Great Lakes.

Here is a video from TheLibertyfilms


 

What do Great Lake Surfers Do When the Lake Freezes Over?

ICE Surfing Lake

 

What do Surfers do when the lake freezes over?

They go to the Berrien County Board of Commissioners meeting and talk pier safety

Today there were an estimated 25 people in attendance, to speak to the board of commissioners about why the South Pier in Saint Joseph, MI needs life rings. Among the speakers were 4 Local surfers. Joseph Hayman, Bob Pratt, Chris Matulis and Lori Westlake took turns speaking. Each person was given 2 minutes to speak, however, Bob took a little longer. After today’s meeting I am even more hopeful that the board will come to a final decision to install life-rings on the pier. Let’s hope they do so quickly before another life is lost.

Video footage from today’s meeting.

 

Fall Waves in Lake Michigan

The last week has been great for Michigan surfers.  Wind generated waves were breaking all over the shoreline of Lake Michigan.  The water has cooled off but I was still able to go out with just a 3/4 wet suit and without boots or gloves.  Chris Matulis was able to find a few waves good waves in St. Joseph, MI.

577445_609583389081110_1986863101_n (1) SUP MISurfing Lake Michigan

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink Breast Cancer SUP

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When You Purchase a Pink Matuli Paddle Board
Matuli Paddle Surf will make a $50 Donation to the
Breast Cancer Charity of Your Choice (in Your Name)
More Information on The Options We Suggest

Breast Cancer Action
www.bcaction.org

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
www.bcrfcure.org

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org

American Breast Cancer Foundation
www.abcf.org

Komen for The Cure
ww5.komen.org

Cancer Research Institute
www.cancerresearch.org

Breast Cancer Fund
www.breastcancerfund.org

Unite For Her
www.uniteforher.org

Fun Freshwater Waves in Lake Michigan

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It was a classic freshwater surf session in St. Joe, Friday afternoon. The North West swell wrapped around the South Pier.  In the evening the wind died and the waves started cleaning up.  It was a super fun session.  I used my stand up surfboard and my 1960’s Fry log.

More waves today with (45007) showing 4.5 feet with a 7 second period Monday morning.