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Old 02-17-2010, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I've seen "Unsalted" but any locals that can clue a SoCal guy in on things?

Should I even bother bringing my shortboards (heard they don't float so well in the freshwater)?

Does it have to be stormy for a swell to form or can you get the occasional nice summer day session?

What thickness wetsuit(s)?

anything else you want to add is appreciated....

thanks
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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I've seen "Unsalted" but any locals that can clue a SoCal guy in on things?

Should I even bother bringing my shortboards (heard they don't float so well in the freshwater)?

Does it have to be stormy for a swell to form or can you get the occasional nice summer day session?

What thickness wetsuit(s)?

anything else you want to add is appreciated....

thanks
You might check with these guys:

Great Lakes Surfer Magazine
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 PM
 
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Generally the curl does not last long, it will run maybe 50 feet at the most. The best waves are during storms. I have had the best luck with bodyboards and inflatable mats during the summer.

The thing around here is kitesurfing, because there is usually good wind and there are plenty of 4 to 6 foot waves to jump off from.

Yes, the water is cold except in late July and August. If you start early in the year, the water will feel warmer later in the year.

Neoprene thickness? as much as possible.

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Old 03-03-2010, 02:51 AM
 
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Much of the time on the Great Lakes, the big waves come during storms. But even when the waves are big and there isn't a storm, the waves always come fast with very little room between crests. I mean in California, you might have several minutes between waves. On the great lakes, you generally have 10 seconds between waves so there's no lounging around on the board. I have a short video that I took of 15 foot Lake Michigan waves 3 years ago. I can e-mail it to you if you want. It's about 20 seconds long.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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Much of the time on the Great Lakes, the big waves come during storms. But even when the waves are big and there isn't a storm, the waves always come fast with very little room between crests. I mean in California, you might have several minutes between waves. On the great lakes, you generally have 10 seconds between waves so there's no lounging around on the board. I have a short video that I took of 15 foot Lake Michigan waves 3 years ago. I can e-mail it to you if you want. It's about 20 seconds long.
Post the video online! I'd love to see it!
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Old 03-03-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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Thanks, sure I'll check it out.

You might mean between sets? If I waited minutes between waves I'd assume a tsunami was on it's way. Anyway I get your point that the swell period there is relatively short.

I figure I'll just have to take a couple of surf trips throughout the year and it'll just be icing on the cake if I catch a lake wave every now and then.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:56 PM
 
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When a thunderstorm or tornado rolls in across the Lake, thats the time...
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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haha, tornado surfing, right on!
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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I was in the water when this showed up:

http://cruisenews.net/whacked/waterspout.jpg (broken link)
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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I have visions of a bunch of crazy Michiganders out there with cut off carharts for board shorts, drinking labatt and grilling hot dogs on the beach after a big day on the lake. It's awesome that people pull off surfing here. One of my buddies goes to the Holland area to surf and claims theres an area there that gets decent swells but you need a big board. I'll try to get the beta from him and post.
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