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Park in the Sheboygan Marina parking lot, or atop the bluff overlooking the beach. The parking lot is a bit more out of the wind.
DistanceIn the city
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Sheboygan
Wave qualityRegional Classic
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast
Good wind directionSouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
There are heated bathrooms if you park in the Marina lot. Parking is free. The beachhouse has bathrooms, showers and changing rooms, although unheated.
If you are going to surf in Sheboygan, pick-up a case of beer (preferably Blatz) to share with others after the session. Seriously.
The Elbow in Sheboygan is the most-surfed spot on the Great Lakes. A good south swell can bring all the hoodlums out of the woodwork. A weekend with a decent swell running can put 10-30 guys in the line-up. Forunately, everyone is VERY cool. Also, the wave, on a chest+ day, is extremely long, so the crowd is dispersed.
The wave is on the North side of the breakwall. A south wind will genrate a swell, which wraps around the breakwall. As it wraps, it cleans-up, and the wind gets blocked. Hence, a clean wave. Walk-out on the jetty to the "elbow". Scamper down the rocks and jump in. A rip runs along side the jetty. This is useful for getting out on big days. The wave is soft, (which is why a 9'0" is considered a funshape) but long. On a bigger day, you can pick-up a wave past the elbow, and surf it all the way to shore; about 500 yards. It's not Full-on J-bay speed, but it's leg-achingly long.
DOn't go out of your way to surf it, but if you find yourself in Dairyland, why not surf?
By Anonymous , 16-04-2008
- watch out for a character named Longboard Larry. He will befriend you, talk your ear off, and keep you out of the water. When all is said and done, he will then talk behind your back, and make fun of you with who ever he chats with next.
By Anonymous , 31-08-2006
born and raised cheese head - im looking for a surf shop/person with a used/rental fish/longboard/wetsuit please help lol
By email@example.com , 02-07-2006
from maui - just moved from maui to chicago, where is the best place to check daily surf reports so i know when to drive up?
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