A Rare Summer Surf on the Great Lakes

A big North front came into the region. It gave us a nice break from the hot humid temperatures. It also happened to deliver us a few hours of joy on Lake Huron. The crew headed out for an evening paddle. We were out there for a good 3-4 hours. It is hard to stop when we don’t get waves that often in the summer.

Everyone caught their share of fun waves. The wind started to die out just before sunset and the waves started to glass off a bit. The size started to drop but not before it was dark. We topped the night off with a dinner and called it a day!

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Tawas Throwback Session

I headed North with Sean and Bhavim to try for a flatwater day in Tawas. We arrived to some mild whitecaps in the bay, but it was hazy and didn’t look too promising. Walking out to the beach we see Parks riding a 9m and foil ripping up wind. We started to get excited, but oddly only the tall trees were moving in a mild breeze. I was feeling pretty nervous with my biggest kite being a 12m. I pumped and suited up. We launched the kites to find there was a ton of wind up top and very little on the beach, due to the warm air and cold water.

It took 2-3 tacks South to get to the point finding the classic buttery flat water. I was powered and knew it was going to be a great day. It was a pretty surreal trip as Tawas was the first place I kited. A bunch of the old crew showed up and it was amazing getting to catch up and ride with everyone.

We rode behind the point for a few hours as the wind continued to increase in strength. We became very powered on the 12m kites and had a great boost session. Aaron recorded a 44′ jump. The wind came to be too much and we headed back to the beach for a quick lunch. We then rigged 9m kites and headed back to the point to do it all over again. What a day!

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Late Winter Surf in the Thumb

Jon and I took a trip for a dawn patrol session on Lake Huron.  We stopped a few places along the way.  The waves were not as large as we expected, but it sure was as chilly as forecasted.  It looked pretty flat and unappealing from the car.  So, it took quite a bit of effort to muster the strength to change into a wetsuit and brave the cold side-shore winds.  We wound up finding a nice little point to catch a few waves.

There were a few decent rides but the wave angle wasn’t ideal for the locations we checked.  There seemed to be a lot of closeout waves mixed in with the gems.  I had quite a few fun waves before we had to pack it up.  We made the track up the beach into the wind, through the rocky shore back to the car.  We changed, warmed up and headed home.

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Island Lake MTB Session

We had a great Spring ride at Island Lake. We did around 9 miles through picturesque views of forests, lakes, and rivers. It’s definitely worth checking out. It also looks like a terrific place to paddle. Here are a couple quick pics before the ride.

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Winter Northern MI Surf

I headed out to check the surf today. It wound up being an unseasonably warm winter day. The wind was on the waves too much by the time I made it out to the lake. I took pictures of a few braves soles before heading out.

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Deena, David & Family

We had a great time shooting with Deena, David and their kids. It was a beautiful warm fall day and the photos show it.

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Jeff & Sarah’s Wedding

We had a great time in Colorado for Jeff and Sarah’s wedding.

I challenged myself to shoot only film that day. All the photos were shot on a Hasselblad 503CX with 80mm lens. I shot 4 Rolls 3x Tri-x 400 and 1x Ilford DELTA 3200 pushed 2 stops. The 3200 was a big experiment that didn’t go too well. The shots were too dark and super grainy. But, I was happy with the Tri-X shots and the success rate from each roll.

A huge congrats to Jeff and Sarah!

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Fall Kite Mission to Canada

We headed out early to Canada. It was cold and rainy on our drive. As we were driving onto the beach, the clouds broke to let in some gorgeous morning light against the stormy day.

The wind was cranking and I wound up riding my 7m Envy on short line really really powered. The waves never quite got to the usual size we were expecting, but I still had a blast. I took out the foil for a few tacks and took some good beatings.

We then packed up and headed back to the states and drove a little north to surf. As we arrived it looked FLAT. But we found a small wave in a little cove and wound up surfing for over two hours.

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Early Fall Kiteboarding in Muskegon

Tom and I headed to Muskegon. It was a great warm fall day. the wind was cranking and there were some fun waves. The old time crew was all there. The session started out powered on wakeboards then to surfboards then to foils and finally wound up paddling into some really fun clean waves on the surfboards. We were toast by the end of the day.

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Late Summer Michigan Surf

We scored this weekend. I was lucky to get the time to hit the lake this weekend. I had one of my best surfing session on the lakes as well as a few other sessions to keep a smile on my face for a while.

The highlight was a surf up in Frankfort, MI. We arrived when the lake was glass there were no waves to speak of. We were pretty bummed, but the wind kicked up. We wound up kited for a few minutes until we looked south and saw what we thought was a small rain storm approaching. At that time the waves slowly started to build and you could tell that they were starting to push in. We landed our kites to prepare for the rain and the rain just didn’t stop coming, but neither did the waves.

We hustled to the grab a board and rode a few waves near shore. We kept having to paddle back out further and further until the waves were breaking at the elbow of the pier and were chest to head high. Even though it was pouring rain the waves were clean, long and amazing. There were only a handful of us out maybe 5-8 surfers/paddleboarders. It was a great session!

I was having way too much fun while riding to go out shooting. I did take out the go pro for one wave at the tail end of the session after the waves started to die down significantly.

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