What is it? Do we have it in the Great Lakes? A surf sub-culture, maybe?
It's kind of neat, whatever it is. People have compared the scene here to Southern California in the '40s...without the consistent surf, of course. Not gonna find too many places these days when you know most (if not all) of the folks in the water every time you paddle out. Every time. That is, if anyone else is even out. Of course, there are more and more people surfing so that is slowly starting to change.
I think it's pretty exciting. Kind of like the tip of something, and you were in on it from the beginning. Our surf may suck a lot of the time, but is it really all about the waves?
I don't mind working for it - working to forecast when the window looks best, working to free myself from obligations to get on it, working to stretch the session out as long as possible. Because who knows when it'll be this good again?
Maybe the means are more important than the end, anyways?
North Shore Minnesota OG, Bob Tema (pictured), could probably care less. He pioneered the famed stretch of coast with Brian Stabinger years before anyone - other than the real North Shore OG, Greg Isaacson, who started surfing up there in the 1970s - and scored a lot of empty days like this to himself. Photo: Cliff.