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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Alona Bay

USA, North East, The Great Lakes

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From Sault St. Marie, head north about 2 hours. Best to just look on a detailed map of the east coast of Lake Superior; It's well known.

English (Translate this text in English): From Sault St. Marie, head north about 2 hours. Best to just look on a detailed map of the east coast of Lake Superior; It's well known.

English (Translate this text in English): From Sault St. Marie, head north about 2 hours. Best to just look on a detailed map of the east coast of Lake Superior; It's well known.

English (Translate this text in English): From Sault St. Marie, head north about 2 hours. Best to just look on a detailed map of the east coast of Lake Superior; It's well known.

DistanceDay trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomBoulders

PowerFast, Ordinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

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 Additional Information

Alona has a very steep beach, so even though there may be consistant swell, it's often times not big enough to break outside. Look for a good, pumping West wind, which isn't too hard to find in the late Summer through the Fall.
Gas stations are few and far between. FYI.

English (Translate this text in English): Alona has a very steep beach, so even though there may be consistant swell, it's often times not big enough to break outside. Look for a good, pumping West wind, which isn't too hard to find in the late Summer through the Fall.<br />Gas stations are few and far between. FYI.

English (Translate this text in English): Alona has a very steep beach, so even though there may be consistant swell, it's often times not big enough to break outside. Look for a good, pumping West wind, which isn't too hard to find in the late Summer through the Fall.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Gas stations are few and far between. FYI.

English (Translate this text in English): Alona has a very steep beach, so even though there may be consistant swell, it's often times not big enough to break outside. Look for a good, pumping West wind, which isn't too hard to find in the late Summer through the Fall.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Gas stations are few and far between. FYI.

Atmosphere

Getting outside can be a real pain here, but it's worth it.
And forget about a clean-up. Prevailing winds are westerly, and for a west wind to go east is almost unheard of.

English (Translate this text in English): Getting outside can be a real pain here, but it's worth it.<br />And forget about a clean-up. Prevailing winds are westerly, and for a west wind to go east is almost unheard of.

English (Translate this text in English): Getting outside can be a real pain here, but it's worth it.&lt;br &#47;&gt;And forget about a clean-up. Prevailing winds are westerly, and for a west wind to go east is almost unheard of.

English (Translate this text in English): Getting outside can be a real pain here, but it's worth it.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;And forget about a clean-up. Prevailing winds are westerly, and for a west wind to go east is almost unheard of.

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By zach , 27-02-2007

yeah - yeah im pretty shure it is good to have a thicker board. I surf in galveston, i know texas sucks but its all i have :( . But there is a differince from bouyancy from galveston and california. galveston does accualy have a fair amount of fresh watter in it you can tell a slight differance in bouyancy. and yeah my spelling blows

By Northing , 04-07-2006

No difference - There's really no perceivable difference in buoyancy. I guess technically there is, but the only people who make a point of it are those who can't surf (well).The reason you'd think there's a difference (and may want a thicker board) is the same as any cold water surf spot; you're wearing about 30 lbs of wetsuit.

By Geoffi , 30-06-2006

Interesting - Must be interesting surfing in fresh water. Do you need a more buoyant board?

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