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Surfing is not a crime. Surfrider follows up with Rex Flodstrom and Mitch McNeil of Surfrider Chicago Chapter to discuss the cities recent dispute about our surfing laws in Chicago. Interesting little video to watch on the issue. Check it.

— 2 years ago
#2012  #july  #chicago  #lake michigan  #illinois  #beach  #surf  #surfing  #surfrider  #rex flodstrom  #mitch mcneil 
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
Waves like these only seem to come in our dreams. However there is that rare occasion where reality can overlap into our dreams, and our dreams can become a reality. You just have to notice the signals and be ready to go.
Here, Rusty Malkemes was prepared when the opportunity struck and began to ride that thin line between what is real and what is real good. Especially for a lake you cant surf on.
More on this after a word from our sponsors…
Photo by Mike Killion

IS THIS REAL LIFE?

Waves like these only seem to come in our dreams. However there is that rare occasion where reality can overlap into our dreams, and our dreams can become a reality. You just have to notice the signals and be ready to go.

Here, Rusty Malkemes was prepared when the opportunity struck and began to ride that thin line between what is real and what is real good. Especially for a lake you cant surf on.

More on this after a word from our sponsors…

Photo by Mike Killion

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#2012  #march  #lake michigan  #great lakes  #great lakes surfer  #spring  #instagram  #photo  #Rusty Malkemes  #Mike Killion 

IN THE NOW

Sometimes you just have to wake up at 2am to meet your buds for a 4 hour drive for waves. Sometimes your surf straps snap on the highway going 70mph in 30knot+ winds. Sometimes nothing happens to the boards. Sometimes you show up and it looks smaller than expected. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes, well most of the time, you have fun irregardless because there’s only four of you out. And you haven’t seen another soul all day. Sometimes you just have to go. Living in the now, fully commited.

Sometimes that was today.

Photos by Mike Killion

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#2012  #march  #lake michigan  #bryan mcdonald  #pete lambert  #artem abakumov  #Mike Killion  #spring 

Rex Flodstrom Sentenced 20 Hours Community Service For Surfing

It’s been a long day so far, some of us only running on fumes. Rex has been bombarded with interviews from multiple TV news stations as well as the radio throughout the day. The first one up for his hearing this morning, Rex was sentanced to 20 hours of community service, allowing him to have a clean record from this incident. Although most of us see this as a farfetched amount of hours for just surfing, it is a slap on the wrist in comparison to what the city of Chicago could have gladly handed out.

After the court hearing, surfers including James Pribram & Rex, followed by the masses in the media, headed over to Montrose Beach for a paddle out in support of Rex and surfing in Chicago. Although it wasn’t a huge turnout, there were still a few stoked individuals willing to jump in the icy waters to show they care! Despite the absence of the king of surfing, Kelly Slater, previously tweeting about making an appearance, had other obligations to attend to. We’re hoping that we can get Kelly to make a trip out here in the near future to shred some waves.

To see more on this, feel free to google “Rex Flodstrom” and read the numerous reports, mainly stating the same information. And while your there, peep Rex’s artwork, he’s got some mad painting skills and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you wanted to buy some of his work!

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#2012  #february  #lake michigan  #chicago  #rex flodstrom  #james pribram  #arrest  #kelly slater 

January 17th, 2012 - Lake Michigan

It was snowing, wind blowing, air in the 20s. Water in the 30s. Southend slides on Lake Michigan in January.

Here is a short clip of Mike Killion, mainly known for his photo work, trying to get known for his horrible surfing in just another GoPro lake surf video. Hope you guys enjoy!

— 2 years ago with 6 notes
#2012  #january  #lake michigan  #southend  #Mike Killion  #gopro  #video 
We know you all have been getting some good surf…. As they say, with  over 11,000 miles of coastline, the possibilities are endless.  The 2012 season has started off strong with a series of low pressure systems pushing some surprisingly good waves to shore.  We hate to keep bragging about the waves on the Southend of Lake  Michigan but just can’t resist to share the score! Hopefully sparking an  interest in others to find their own little piece of bliss on the big  lake. Just don’t come here, you’ll get arrested. Here is Brad Tunis sporting his infamous ice beard after a few hours in this stuff.  photos: mike killion

We know you all have been getting some good surf…. As they say, with over 11,000 miles of coastline, the possibilities are endless.

The 2012 season has started off strong with a series of low pressure systems pushing some surprisingly good waves to shore.

We hate to keep bragging about the waves on the Southend of Lake Michigan but just can’t resist to share the score! Hopefully sparking an interest in others to find their own little piece of bliss on the big lake. Just don’t come here, you’ll get arrested.

Here is Brad Tunis sporting his infamous ice beard after a few hours in this stuff.

photos: mike killion

— 2 years ago with 12 notes
#2012  #january  #southend  #lake michigan  #brad tunis  #ice beard  #winter  #mike killion 
We’ve been getting some good consistent surf for the Southend of Lake Michigan recently. As promised, we will be adding more updates from the past swells on here soon! Since it’s been getting so good we’ve decided to share little by little and hold off on some new stuff for the next issue.
Here’s a moody image taken after a session of head-overhead waves today by Mike Killion. The surfer walking down the tracks is Jeremy Rumas, a great surfer and filmmaker. Be sure to check out his upcoming 16mm film titled “Hangs Upon Nothing” at the blog below. We cant wait for this flick to come out!
http://www.hangsuponnothing.blogspot.com

We’ve been getting some good consistent surf for the Southend of Lake Michigan recently. As promised, we will be adding more updates from the past swells on here soon! Since it’s been getting so good we’ve decided to share little by little and hold off on some new stuff for the next issue.

Here’s a moody image taken after a session of head-overhead waves today by Mike Killion. The surfer walking down the tracks is Jeremy Rumas, a great surfer and filmmaker. Be sure to check out his upcoming 16mm film titled “Hangs Upon Nothing” at the blog below. We cant wait for this flick to come out!

http://www.hangsuponnothing.blogspot.com

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
#2012  #lake michigan  #winter  #january  #surfer  #southend  #photo  #mike killion  #jeremy rumas  #hangs upon nothing 
Chicago Police Arrest Surfer!

OH no! Another surfer arrested in Chicago today!

 Reports say he was surfing at Oak St Beach; technically a non-surfing beach for Chicago in the off season. Chicago permits surfers to access only Osterman, Montrose, 57th Street and Rainbow beaches in the off season.

Lets hope he gets off easy and this doesn’t hinder our relationship with the Parks District.

See the short report here:
http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/chicago-police-arrest-surfer-surfing-lake-michigan-winter-ice-january-20120117

And stay up to date with regulations for Chicago below:
http://www.cpdit01.com/resources/non-motorized-water-sports/

— 2 years ago with 14 notes
#2012  #chicago  #lake michigan  #winter  #arrest  #police  #oak st beach 

LAKE MICHIGAN - DECEMBER 28TH, 2011

Still no snow for Chicagoan’s at the end of December in 2011. Seems like the world is coming to an end.

Here’s a short edit made from a week or two back with a apocalyptic look to the sunrise on the southend of Lake Michigan.

Music & Surfing by: Artem Andrey Abakumov

Shot & Edited by: Mike Killion

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#2011  #lake michigan  #chicago  #december  #artem abakumov  #Mike Killion  #southend 
We know you already heard about this one. No biggy. The best of the swell always seems to hit overnight. Get on it the next couple days. What a great season to be a Great Lakes Surfer!

We know you already heard about this one. No biggy. The best of the swell always seems to hit overnight. Get on it the next couple days. What a great season to be a Great Lakes Surfer!

— 2 years ago with 9 notes
#2011  #lake michigan  #forecast  #november