THe Matuli 2014 Catalog is out! Come by the booth today in East Lansing at the Quiet Water Symposium to see some new board designs.
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 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.
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.
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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.
Great Lakes surfing season is here. Check out the NOA forcasting system http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/
Last Saturday Lake Huron had some fun waves.
The sun was out and the waves were up, it was a fun day of Surfing in St. Joe Michigan. The waves didn’t last as long as predicted but we were still able to catch some fun ones on the Matui Fresh 10.6 boards.
Check the waves before you make the drive. Great Lake surfing conditions can change very quickly. Before you go surfing you want to know as much about the current conditions.
Other Lake Michigan Beach Web Cams
Grand Haven South Pier http://surfgrandhaven.com/cms/
Grand Haven North Pier http://www.ghsteelheaders.com/WeatherandWebcam.aspx