Winter Surfing — the Highlights 5* Pix

Total Shots taken 352
Number of 5 star ratings (5* yield %) 49 (13.9 %)


Surfers in the lake – YAY!!! That is what I said to myself when I spotted three guys in the water. The winds had been high for two days, and the angry waves of Lake Michigan were crashing against the shore. I figured it would only be a matter of time before they came out.

It was a cold, blustery day, with winds averaging 30 – 40 mph. THIS was our winter storm – we’d only had a little snow, but had several high wind days like this. (In fact, Michigan and Indiana were experiencing blizzard like conditions with 9 to 12 inches of snow at this same time). On days like this, the water in Lake Michigan is gray-green, not the teal blue of a sunshine filled day. So, for a change, I have opted to show most images from this outing in black and white – I hope you enjoy these 5* images from my winter surfing photo excursion.


  • Ready to Rise – This surfer grabs his board while crouching, preparing to raise for the upright surf stance. I love this image with the waves crashing around the board, water streaming from the bottom of the board.


  • Rounding Out – I loved the surfer circling around to catch the next wave, with the wake of the current wave flowing behind him.


  • Stand Up Paddle – In addition to traditional surfers, there was one from Chicago Stand Up Paddle. In these images, I love the surfer among the crashing waves


  • Red Board Near the end of the day, another surfer came to take advantage of the of the winter surfing conditions. I loved the water curling around the surfer, red board clearly in view, and for that reason, I kept this image in color.

Surfing out the lake is always exciting to watch and photograph. It only happens a few times a year. Hope you enjoy these 5* images!

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