Watch: Weird Waves // Great Lakes

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

This new series from Vans gets off to a great start with host Dylan Graves' laidback narration offset by the exuberant bro chatter of Burton Hathaway. Two days on the shores of Lake Superior sees them score a number of good waves, none of which are likely to suffer overcrowding through exposure.

Comments

50young's picture
50young's picture
50young commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 9:15am

I'm never complaining about our winters again. That dude was a frother "DUDE!!!

the-u-turn's picture
the-u-turn's picture
the-u-turn commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 9:57am

Brilliant. I could watch this over and over again. Not for the waves, but to just watch the stoke of the local community showing off their 'how good is this' to visitors. I'd have Burton Hathaway with me on any sojourn. He's a 14yr old grommet in a grown man's body (proud as punch). I'll take this video over perfection thanks. Loved it.

The U Turn
...a little Aloha goes a long way.

Spuddups's picture
Spuddups's picture
Spuddups commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 11:56am

I completely agree with you. One of the best clips I’ve seen in ages. Can you imagine those guys hooking up with Mason Ho for a surf trip? Maybe throw in that guy Ben Gravy from New Jersey and perhaps even Ross Clarke-Jones and that would be a clip of earth shattering stoke levels.

Such a contrast to that recent clip of those Hawaiian big wave guys in Japan chasing Curren’s wave. They were so jaded, entitled and lacking Stoke that it sucked my energy away just watching it.

the-u-turn's picture
the-u-turn's picture
the-u-turn commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 12:46pm

I'm with you Spudups. Give me enthusiasm any day. You're spot on.

The U Turn
...a little Aloha goes a long way.

Island Bay's picture
Island Bay's picture
Island Bay commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 10:03am

As someone who's surfed in snow both in Denmark and here in NZ - and loves surfing barely rideable, ultra obscure semi waves - I applaud this.

The MIDdleman.'s picture
The MIDdleman.'s picture
The MIDdleman. commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 10:21am

Worth watching just for the stoke.
I hope we have all been in that "Tunnel" before.

Signature.

chook's picture
chook's picture
chook commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 10:27am

my canadian wife even winced when i said "winter, lake superior". you think they are gnarly dudes for going surfing in that water? they are gnarly dudes just for walking the 10 metres out the back door to the pick-up truck.

i've just spent six months there. mainly on lake huron. i met up with the surfers in toronto (there is a surf shop -- surf the grates. a young guy there is shaping boards). most of them have spent a fair time out here surfing.

in summer, lake superior is so, so beautiful. i spent my time in an old cabin on a little rocky island on lake huron. the long days were filled with paddling canoes around seeing beavers, bears and moose everywhere. best holiday i've ever had....but only in summer. this is how you make it through the winter... greenjayexpress.com

goofyfoot's picture
goofyfoot's picture
goofyfoot commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 11:49am

Fuck that sounds nice

freeride76's picture
freeride76's picture
freeride76 commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 11:21am

whats the water quality like in Lake Superior?

chook's picture
chook's picture
chook commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 12:21pm

lake superior is crystal clear. lovely deep blues. it's pretty far north and is in mainly wilderness.
lake erie is the one that caught fire in the 70s. it's still a bit dodgy, being small and shallow.

thinking of giving it a go?

indo-dreaming's picture
indo-dreaming's picture
indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 12:38pm

This is like North West Coast Tassie on steroids both in swell and temperature....and similar stoke as a grommet.

I think i have a crush on Debra Soh.

freeride76's picture
freeride76's picture
freeride76 commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 1:13pm

nah Chook.

probably need more than this lifetime to get through all the warm water waves.

cold water is a young mans game.

Agitator's picture
Agitator's picture
Agitator commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 5:33pm

AHAHAHAHA AWWWWWSOME!!!!!

UserMick's picture
UserMick's picture
UserMick commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 7:32pm

Fun to watch that

udo's picture
udo's picture
udo commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 7:57pm

Geez there keen...faark
May be up for the early session- windy tv shows 2.8 mt @ 6 secs on those lakes.

Ardi100's picture
Ardi100's picture
Ardi100 commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 9:15pm

Puts summer slop into perspective.

n!ck's picture
n!ck's picture
n!ck commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 9:50pm

Sensational vid, thanks. I loved the adventure and the stoke, to me this is what surfing is all about and i could watch vids like this all day long. Loved it.

mattmac's picture
mattmac's picture
mattmac commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 1:20am

I was "DUDED" out in first 2 mins!

mundies's picture
mundies's picture
mundies commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 8:11am

My toes got hyperthermic today in dry snowboard boots @ -15+ degrees in Switzerland, let alone getting wet in the lake. The only thing I can experientially relate to is icicles in the beard. That is seriously committed. Run for the hills...

mundies

alexhoch1's picture
alexhoch1's picture
alexhoch1 commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 2:11pm

Super cool clip. Check the icicles hanging from the hoods. Ridiculous.

ASH77

velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno's picture
velocityjohnno commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 7:03pm

Awesome. The mittens they put on (like snowboard mittens) with the wetties were interesting. Also the size of the lefts they surfed, on a lake. Wow.

Indo I spent time in winter on N Coast Tassie armed only with a 3/2 and it was like being stabbed all over every duck dive. Locals were great, waves were intermittent and setups were incredible.

This would be in a different league entirely.

"Victory at Lake" - that's a keeper!

RJC6-Tas_kiwi's picture
RJC6-Tas_kiwi's picture
RJC6-Tas_kiwi commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 9:04pm

Great to see the Stoke of them lake surfers. Cold water takes way more energy but always lots of waves with less surfers out.

keeif's picture
keeif's picture
keeif commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 9:21pm

Cmon Lake Eildon get some waves

Karlsberg's picture
Karlsberg's picture
Karlsberg commented Friday, 11 Jan 2019 at 9:44pm

Similar vibe here in Mackay, with long flat spells between waves everyone is just stoked to get some even if its mostly only short period windswell. I'll take our stingers over that cold weather any day:)

warddy's picture
warddy's picture
warddy commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 9:10am

What an awesome video , thanks for posting , true meaning of hard core .

wallpaper's picture
wallpaper's picture
wallpaper commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 9:21am

can we all please stop saying the whiny what

wallpaper's picture
wallpaper's picture
wallpaper commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 9:22am

and dude has had a pretty good run too. give it a rest

wallpaper's picture
wallpaper's picture
wallpaper commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 9:23am

and that stupid thing with the hand that you think makes you're Barry Kanaiapuni

Bnkref's picture
Bnkref's picture
Bnkref commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 12:02pm

So much froth in that. Great clip.

offshoreozzie's picture
offshoreozzie's picture
offshoreozzie commented Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 at 6:38am

This is my reality now I'm living near Toronto, CA.
It's fucking cold, hard work - the period and sweep at a lot of spots are challenging. It's a fickle bitch. Waves and then gone in hours and if the forecast is off a little it's skunking time. It's better than not surfing.
Burton is a classic - never met him.

chook's picture
chook's picture
chook commented Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 at 11:53am

offshore...you surfing the bluffs?
it's fucking cold, hard work just walking down the street in TO in winter, let alone surfing. the lake surfing just never seemed worth it to me. i'd planned on doing regular trips to costa rica as it is only a five hour flight away from toronto. but i took up curling instead. i figure go with what a place is good at rather than fight to make it what it isn't.
keep your stick on the ice!

offshoreozzie's picture
offshoreozzie's picture
offshoreozzie commented Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 at 1:31pm

Hey chook - nah, tend not to surf bluffs - just a couple of the "better" spots only or I don't surf.
Haha - I really don't blame you. So much work, so little reward most times :)
Nicaragua is better than CR i think if you're still around and planning a trip. I've gone down there (and originally CR) kinda regularly and got good waves.

chook's picture
chook's picture
chook commented Friday, 18 Jan 2019 at 11:47am

ah,..no one told me about the better spots.
i'm back in sydney now.

Pjhawko's picture
Pjhawko's picture
Pjhawko commented Thursday, 17 Jan 2019 at 7:17am

How sick was that dude!!! He was soooo stoked!!!!! Oh my GOD, what a legend!!!