The North American Auto Show was very exciting this year. A lot of auto manufactures were using action/adventure sports to help showcase their new designs. We were really excited to be a part of Ford’s display. Ford used the Matuli Fresh 10.6 paddleboards as a backdrop for the Ford Explorer.
Our new Kids SUP was designed for boarders under 95 lbs. This board features EVA foam bumpers around the board rails. A wide square tail was added to increased stability. Our kids board is 9 feet long and 25.5 inches wide.
Karol Garrison and Seth Haley teamed up to get some amazing footage at the St. Joseph pier, Lake Michigan, on a Matuli 10.6 paddleboard. Lake Ice can never be assumed to be safe. For more information about ice safety check Tom Gill’s article in the Huffington Post
LAKE SURFING PHOTO CONTEST! Contest starts Oct 31st and ends December 1st. Photos will be judged on a number of factors like wave hight, wave quality, surfers style, and quality of photo. Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the Matuli page. All photos must be taken within he Great Lakes Region. Please provide date photo was taken, location (if you can share, and any other details.) More info to follow. Have fun and be safe.
Tuesday, August 12th there was a North West wind and I wanted to find a new spot to surf. The wind is everything when surfing the lakes. I was looking for a spot that was protected from the wind but still had swell. Usually the best to
clean up waves to to surf on the leeward side of a pier. The waves will be a little smaller but cleaner.
I was in Northern Michigan so I drove west towards Lake Michigan looking for some fresh water waves. The first spot I found had good size and power but the longshore current was running very quickly from North to South. I got a few rides but it was a hike back to where I started. I kept looking, and found some cleaner lines closer to the Pier.
It seems like every time we visit Northern Michigan, I am always are amazed with its endless adventure possibilities and I want to return as soon as possible.
Camping, Paddling, and Hiking first come to mind with I think of the UP. When you are up there the weather can change fast so you need to be ready for anything.
Pictured Rocks National
The water is cold in lake Superior but the views from the cliffs or from a SUP are amazing.
Kitch-Iti-Kipi is a spring that features cold clear water all year long. It is in a state park and there is a glass bottom raft. You can travel out over the water to see all the fish and the bubbling bottom.
It is always fun to see what Island life is like. Bois Blanc Island is next to round island in Lake Huron. We found a few beaches with calm clear water perfect for paddle boarding to round Island.
Michigan Waterman Challenge : For Training, Motivating, and Collaboration
Matuli is proud to sponsor the first Michigan Waterman Challenge September, 13, 2014, Holland, MI. The challenge consists of four events in Lake Michigan. All Event proceeds go to the ARC Project and The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project! You do not need to have a paddle board because all equipment for racing will be provided. More information at http://Michiganlifeguard.com/
In the 80’s and 90’s Michigan Lifeguards were all over the state, protecting beachgoers. As budgets dried up and cities felt like they were drowning in liability, the Michigan beach lifeguard became almost nonexistent, and lifeguards who were still manning the towers lacked training.
As lifeguard departments dissolved, so too did lifeguard competitions. Lifeguard Competitions were traditionally a time for cities to show off their lifesaving department and for competitors to demonstrate the skills they had worked hard to perfect all summer. The lifeguard competitions played a vital role in maintaining a quality lifesaving force in Michigan. The primary goals of the 2014 Michigan Waterman Challenge are: 1) to help lifeguards train, 2) to build confidence, and 3) to develop essential lifesaving skills. This competition will build the cooperation, interest, and skills needed by lifeguards to make their jobs both fulfilling and fun and while providing the safest and most effective lifeguard service to the public.
Lansing has a new spot to paddle. After being closed for almost 30 years, Crego Park is now open. The lake was closed after it was found to have toxic waist in the lake.
The park has a brand new fishing pier and a new boat launch. The boat dock makes it really easy to get on the water with a SUP. The lake is quiet and is protected from the wind. Motorized boats are not permitted. The East side of the lake has a sandy bottom. I think the lake would be perfect for paddle board yoga.
For more info about the the lake clean up