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C. Ross
01-25-2014, 07:38 AM
Surfing Stoney Point Lake Superior

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/01/16/travel/16surfing_600.jpg



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMjhTGArPwk

A New York Times article from five years ago (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/16/travel/escapes/16superior.html).

There's a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/SToNeY-PoiNT-surf-spot/197143503658270?hc_location=timeline

Apologies if this one's been done before.

Willin'
01-25-2014, 07:55 AM
Thanks C.Ross, that was amazing. Incredibly good wind waves, sea smoke and good surfing on the Great Lakes. Whoda thunkit? Great vid!

In high school & college we used to meet in Beach Haven, NJ on Christmas break for a paddle out but very little surfing actually got done in 3/8" wet suits. One year it was so cold we found a mallard frozen on the beach. It takes a lot to freeze a duck.

Gerarddm
01-25-2014, 12:03 PM
I officially pronounce this activity as pointless. Sort of like the fanatic joggers you see right after a snowstorm, skittering over icy streets and sidewalks.

David G
01-25-2014, 12:20 PM
We used to surf the North Coast of Oregon year-round without a wetsuit. It's not that we were Stoics... or tough. Just young, and stupidly determined. And it was So Long Ago... that wetsuits were still those thick, heavy, rubber beasts. So stiff, it took two hands to bend an arm. Like trying to paddle out in a suit of armor. I owned one. Even wore it on occasion... than always promptly stuffed it in the back of the shed again.

But never, ever, did we surf when the water was freezing to our foreheads - with or without a wetsuit. Those dudes are CRAZY!!!!

CK 17
01-25-2014, 12:26 PM
I officially pronounce this activity as pointless. Sort of like the fanatic joggers you see right after a snowstorm, skittering over icy streets and sidewalks.

http://s20.postimg.org/ndzgk44l9/IMG_20140106_151913_896_1.jpg my polar vortex run at -17 F. 10 miles.

C. Ross
01-25-2014, 12:28 PM
Pointless? Perhaps, but if you live in a temperate climate you have to adapt.

http://www.pedalmn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Winter-Bike-Ben-Hovland2.jpg

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the #1 city for bicycling in the U.S., which is true only because there's so much winter biking.

http://www.pedalmn.com

Willin'
01-25-2014, 12:33 PM
I officially pronounce this activity as pointless. Sort of like the fanatic joggers you see right after a snowstorm, skittering over icy streets and sidewalks.

Surfing is ridiculous, until you try it and get hooked. Like so many pointless activities, it can lead to obsession if you're not careful. I lost a good, (possibly the best) ten years of my life chasing waves.

LeeG
01-25-2014, 03:09 PM
Pointless? Perhaps, but if you live in a temperate climate you have to adapt.

http://www.pedalmn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Winter-Bike-Ben-Hovland2.jpg

Minneapolis/St. Paul is the #1 city for bicycling in the U.S., which is true only because there's so much winter biking.

http://www.pedalmn.com

Studded tires! Slow, but still faster than walking.

David G
01-25-2014, 03:46 PM
I met a woman years back who was biking around the U.S. She stopped by Burley Design when I worked there. We hit it off, and she ended up staying with me for a week or so. At one point she told me about being a bicycle messenger in Minneapolis (her hometown). She used studded tires on both wheels. Sometimes she even chained up. Being from Oregon... I'd never HEARD of such a thing. Adaptable critters, we humans.

Todd Bradshaw
01-25-2014, 03:56 PM
It would be damned strange to fall into Lake Superior and feel warmer!

C. Ross
01-25-2014, 05:21 PM
At one point she told me about being a bicycle messenger in Minneapolis (her hometown). She used studded tires on both wheels. Sometimes she even chained up. Being from Oregon... I'd never HEARD of such a thing.

It's become pretty commonplace here. Captain Blight was a year-round biker. A guy I work with rides ten miles each way...he was headed out this past week into -16 before the windchill. Yesterday driving home on a divided state highway I saw a guy in reflector vest and flasher slowly riding up a miles-long incline in a snowstorm.

Gerarddm
01-25-2014, 05:34 PM
Surfing is ridiculous, until you try it and get hooked. Like so many pointless activities, it can lead to obsession if you're not careful. I lost a good, (possibly the best) ten years of my life chasing waves.


You misunderstand me. It is not that surfing is pointless, it is doing so in such extreme conditions.

PeterSibley
01-25-2014, 05:38 PM
Gentlemen... I'M IMPRESSED ! Very .Y>:D:D:D

Willin'
01-25-2014, 06:16 PM
You misunderstand me. It is not that surfing is pointless, it is doing so in such extreme conditions.


But fun!!!

obscured by clouds
01-25-2014, 07:59 PM
Surfing is ridiculous, until you try it and get hooked. Like so many pointless activities, it can lead to obsession if you're not careful. I lost a good, (possibly the best) ten years of my life chasing waves.

ditto. it was bordering on a total lifestyle change for me in my 20's.

PeterSibley
01-27-2014, 12:13 AM
A beautiful clip! Y>


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xILJ-erOhIU