National Rip Current Week

Joe Matulis surfing Lake Michigan

This next week, June 5 to 11,2011, is the National Weather Service’s national rip current week.

Rip currents are not just found in the ocean. Any time there are waves, there are rip currents. Even in Lake Michigan the wind waves create strong rip currents that trap unexpected beach goers are not prepared for. Last year 74 people drown in Lake Michigan because they were not able to get to shore after being pulled out by a rip current.

To stop this from happening, the Matuli crew is going to be educating the public on victim diction and surf rescue techniques in St. Joseph, Michigan this Sunday, June 5, 2011. The event is hosted by The Great Lakes Third Coast Ocean Force Community Project with it’s first class teaching “Surfboard Rescue Techniques.”

The class will start at 10 a.m. at the Boulevard Inn’s in the Parks View West room, located at 521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, MI 49085.

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Michigan State University Surf Session

I first found out about MSU’s secret surfing spot in California while lifeguarding with body boarding legion Pat Caldwell.  At first I did not really think it was possible to ride, but when I got back to East Lansing I took a long look On the Banksat the spot.  There are rocks under the wave so I grabbed a Doyle and did not give up until I got a few.  It was a lot harder then I thought it was going to be.  The river has a standing wave and if you can stay in the right spot you can surf it all day. I would not drink the water though.


Video of my friends surfing at MSU


What is a Matuli?

Photo by Joe Matulis

proper noun
(Plural form of Matulis)

Last name origin & meaning:
Lithuanian: patronymic from the personal name Matula, a Lithuanian form of Matthaeus

Matuli Take 1st and 2nd in Dairyland Surf Classic

In this years Labor day classic Pro division paddle board race the Matuli team performed well.  Twin brothers Joe and Chris Matulis took first and second.  This pushes Joe into the lead with 2 wins.  FirstChris won the event in 2005.  A new addition this year was a stand up paddle board race.  The event is always a blast if you are ever in the area you should check it out.

After the event the team drove up the the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to scout out new surf spots and paddle to Mackinaw Island.