Surfing Mackinac Island has been a goal of mine for a very long time. In the early 2000’s, my brothers and I would make an annual lap around Lake Michigan searching for surf. We would always end our trip by paddling our surfboards to Mackinac Island. It was always a dream to surf the island. We were never able to catch anything more than a ferry boat wave.
The weather can can change quickly in the straights, but lucky for us, the forecast held as predicted and a East South East wind created some waves on Lake Huron.
We were able to sail to the island in some rough conditions and we headed to probably the one of the most photographed spot on the Island.
The trip was worth the effort and we found some fun surf breaking over the limestone bottom on the East side of the Island. The water temp was still in the upper 60’s
We are proud to announce that Matuli Boards are available now in St. Clair Shores at Great Lakes Surf Shop . Brian, the owner, is a SUP expert and on top of all the new paddle boarding trends. If you live in the Metro Detroit area checking out his shop is a must.
Most fresh water surfing is done when both the water and air are cold. Last weeks many Michigan surfers go to enjoy relatively warm temperatures for a rare summer swell. Chris Matulis was able to test the new Matuli soft top surfboard.
In Michigan there are endless places to go and see on a paddle board. We wanted to have a board that we could take with us everywhere. Most paddleboards are about 11 feet long and are not easy to transport. You never know when you will have a extra half hour somewhere to go for a paddle. With our inflatable sup, you can always keep a board in the trunk,of your car, or on your boat, ready for a Pure Michigan style adventure. The boards inflate to 15 psi in about 5 min.
Matuli now has a high performance durable inflatable option for our Spring 2016 board lineup. Inflatable SUP’s are perfect for rivers and for those who want the flexibility of not using a roof rack. The boards are lightweight and can fit into a large backpack, when deflated. Each board comes with a high pressure pump.
We have 2 designs a surf shape 10.6 and a displacement racing 12.6 design.
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.
Last winter was very cold and the ice on Lake Michigan was constently changing. We were able to meet up with friends and explore the ice up close. Know your limits and always sup with a buddy and have a plan.
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.