Can't get to California? Surf the Great Lakes

Nov 7, 2014

Bob Beaton, surfing at Grand Haven in 1967.

When you think about surfing, your imagination probably takes you to places like Hawaii or California. You think palm trees, lots of sunshine, and bright blue water. Lake Michigan in November probably doesn’t cross your mind. But while the rest of us are raking leaves and breaking out our winter coats, Michigan surfers are making their way to the beach.

Current State speaks with the president of the Great Lakes Surfing Association Bob Beaton, and Joe Matulis, owner of Matuli, a paddleboard and surfboard company based in East Lansing.