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Video Archive: Surfers Before the Blizzard, 2008

High-definition videos of people surfing Lake Superior have become a fairly regular thing on Perfect Duluth Day in recent years. The short and fuzzy one above lacks the quality we’re used to these days, but is featured today because it’s ten years old and might be the first Lake Superior surf video published on PDD — or maybe anywhere else. (Prove that assertion wrong and find an older one.)

Barrett Chase posted this clip on April 10, 2008. He noted winds were at 40 m.p.h.

“Check out this short video snippet of some crazies surfing on Lake Insanity near Lester River today just before the onset of the blizzard,” he wrote.

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Steven Smith

about 3 months ago

Check out the Great Lakes Surf film Unsalted that came out in 2005. The film includes some local Superior surf pioneers and a few pros surfing at Stoney Point. The locals featured in the film are among a small crew that started surfing the lake regularly in the early 2000s. They basically started the surf scene we see in Duluth today but people have been surfing on Lake Superior since the 1970s.

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