Mac & Mike's Pick: Superior Surfing

By WEEK Reporter

May 5, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 10:18 PM CDT

If you really, really love something, you'll ignore the little problems that come your way. Like bitter winds, temperatures in the 40's, and being hit with really cold water.

But such is the life of a surfer on Lake Superior. You've really got to love surfing to surf Lake Superior in May. In fact, the Lake Superior Surf Club members say "the gales of November" which sank the Edmund Fitzgerald make for great surfing weather.

To surf here requires wet suits, gloves, hoods, booties and grease on the face. The same sort of thing needed to swim the English Channel in Winter. Still, the ones who do surf Lake Superior say there's nothing like it.

"We surf all through the winter when there's ice floating out in the water. Air temps are 20 degrees or lower. We're loving it. Most people see these conditions as crap and wouldn't want to go outside because it's miserable. I see it as an opportunity." said Bob Tema, member of Lake Superior Surf Club.

The surfers say the northeast winds help generate the swell on the lake. For the record the weather in Duluth, Minnesota hasn't been that much cooler than Central Illinois. Their lake is just a bit bigger.

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