Winter Surfing in Michigan

By: News 10
By: News 10

"You know what, you live in northern michigan. If you sit at home when there's snow out, you might as well move somewhere else. You've got to have a hobby in the winter."

John McNeil

The surface of Lake Michigan off the coast of Sheboygan, WI is frozen, but if you head east to the Michigan side of the lake, you will find people surfing in Charlevoix.

The water is a frigid 45 degrees, but that is still warmer than the 18 degree air temperature'

John McNeil and his two friends are all Michigan residents, and they explain that they have been winter surfers for years, saying that the cold water adds excitement to the experience. "The cold water adds an element of adrenaline; it's not the same as a warm water wave it's almost more exciting."

The men say that they are lucky to get one good day for surfing in the summer, but the conditions are right almost every day in the winter. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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