You Can Surf Huge Waves In The Midwest

You Can Surf Huge Waves In The Midwest

The midwest likely isn't the place that comes to mind when you think of surfing, but the saltless waves deserve to be considered. Known as the "Third Coast" or the "Malibu of the Midwest," the Great Lakes can serve up waves as tall as 30 feet (9 meters). However, most surfing is done on 3-6 foot waves. Surfing there began in the 1940s, when soldiers brought surfboards home from Hawaii after World War II.

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    Saltless surfing is possible on the Great Lakes. (0:01)

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    See a professional surfer take on waves on Lake Superior: (0:27)

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