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Holland state park in Michigan. Swim across the channel and go to the south side of the break wall. You may be able to drive over there.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name ?
DirectionRight and left
Good day length
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionEast
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide position
Best tide movement
So I guess you run out along the break wall and jump off behind the waves, easy. From what I gather the best time is around fall, when it's starting to get windy, but not too cold yet.
Yeah I know what your thinking, it's been 5 months since I was able to last surf, I'm stuck in Michigan right now, There's only so long I guy can take it.
I heard you could surf the lakes so after being here a while and with no hope of a real surf any time soon, I decided to check it out. There were waves, not great waves, but waves. It was about 2-3 feet, no not in kook mesurement but real 2-3 feet on the sets about shoulder high.
Wind swell waves on the great lakes, one odd experience.
What can you say, waves on a lake. Not great, but maybe under the right condictions the place could fire. Sloopy beach break on the day I was there, but I got to surf................
By email@example.com , 05-06-2006
CA Surfer's Comments - Lived on north-side Holland six years while working on degree Hope College. Native of CA. Grew up surfing OC breaks. Describe myself as hardcore. Surfed north-side many times. Surprising amount of surfable days. Mid-Sept can produce wrapping/peeling lefts from fierce southerly winds, which bend to sideshore/offshore at break. Great setup. Saw it overhead more than once. Best single day could be compared with nice overhead day Cotton's Point. Water temps are generally warmer than CA. Summer can have fun waves with nice temps air and water. Hard to describe the dimension of fun riding small dribblers on a beautiful summer day. Really fond of the experience. Should not be compared with surfing other coasts. Imagine consistent thigh to waist high (typical) waves with water temps in mid-seventies, in a unique setting: forest spilling onto sandunes. Fresh water too. Met a few surfers in area. Could not help to feel odd man out. We (CA's) are a bit too hyper for many of them. Much different culture. Large concentration surfers a little ways north in Grand Haven. Check out recent surflick "Unsalted" for more of an image. Great film. Saw it summer '05 Lido Theatre Newport Beach.Glad to see surfing somewhat flourishing in GL's. It is truly worthwhile. Ideal for longboard culture most of the time. Strokes and stokes to all GL surfers!Mike Krpan
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