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Paul Pless
09-14-2017, 08:19 AM

Keith Wilson
09-14-2017, 08:42 AM
Forking loonies. That's about as much fun as surfing in Baffin Bay or Spitsbergen.

09-14-2017, 09:18 AM
Forking loonies. That's about as much fun as surfing in Baffin Bay or Spitsbergen.Note the dry suits. In the absence of owning any such, my brother and I contented ourselves with surfing in canoes...

Significant reduction in shark attacks compared with some surf locations, though perhaps the sturgeon make up for it...

Keith Wilson
09-14-2017, 09:27 AM
True, no sharks. The sturgeon leave you alone, although we did have a pretty serious muskie bite case recently.

09-14-2017, 09:30 AM
Wow. I've never thought about muskie attacks, though if you land a large and irate one I can see some disadvantages to being near the pointy end.

Keith Wilson
09-14-2017, 09:33 AM
Doesn't happen often, but this one was kind of unpleasant. (Link (http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/outdoors/fishing/4300756-bitten-muskie-duluth-girl-recovering-scary-encounter-island-lake)) Not by shark standards, of course; the girl still has her foot and is going to be fine.

09-14-2017, 09:34 AM
Surfing in the PNW, just as loonie, on the west coast of Vancouver Island


Been to the beach many times, but never to surf. Freeeezing water.

Paul Pless
09-14-2017, 09:34 AM
Note: A photo at the end of this story shows the severity of the injuries and may be disturbing to some readers.i'm never going swimming in lake superior again

09-14-2017, 10:16 AM
Winter surfing at Hirtle's Beach, NS. The girl on the right was a colleague of my daughter's a few years ago.


Ted Hoppe
09-14-2017, 10:23 AM
Damn - they are trying too hard to live the good life.

I like warm water surfing.


Keith Wilson
09-14-2017, 10:23 AM
i'm never going swimming in lake superior againNah. She got bit on Island Lake north of Duluth, about 350 acres. If you worried about that, you'd never go in any reasonably large lake. That's the first case I've heard of, and I've lived here since most of the time since 1973; you have a better chance of being stuck by lightning, or even killed by a terrorist.

09-14-2017, 11:02 AM
But... but... but... Ted! They ARE living the good life. Just a different one than the one California girls live. When they surf that same beach six months later, they look a lot like the surfergurls in your vid.


Nicholas Scheuer
09-14-2017, 11:06 AM
Red sand beach on the E side of Isle Royale3514

Keith Wilson
09-14-2017, 12:32 PM
When they surf that same beach six months later, they look a lot like the surfergurls in your vid.Not on Lake Superior. Maximum water temperature is about 55F/15C even in August. You don't surf that in a bikini; not for long, anyway.

09-14-2017, 01:26 PM
We get both cold and warm surfing opportunities here. Surfing in a snowstorm:


Surfing Irene swell a few days ago:




09-14-2017, 01:51 PM
#9 reminds me of the diehard joggers I have seen out running through icy slush and snow after a snowstorm. My reaction has always been disdain: what, you can't just wait a bit for the footing to get more predictable? You're gonna curl up and die because you didn't jog for a couple of days? Jeesh.

09-14-2017, 02:26 PM
Ask any Nova Scotian surfer, Gerard, and they will tell you that the best surf is in the winter months. Besides, with the proper gear it is comfortable. It's no worse than getting all bundled up to go try to fall off a mountain with boards strapped to your boots...