The Maui of the North

The Maui of the North

When the wind starts to pick up on Lake Erie, kitesurfers and windsurfers at Sherkston Shores ready their gear and get set to tackle what they call the Maui of the North. “This is the premiere spot on the lake,” said Lou Marinaccio, a windsurfer who has been at Sherkston Shores for 40 years. The […]

Glass Love, A Summer Surfboard Festival

Glass Love, A Summer Surfboard Festival

Pleasant Beach looked a little like a beach in southern California recently, with crashing waves and surfers and surfboards everywhere. The only thing missing was the sun, but that didn’t matter to members of Wyldewood Surf Club as they hosted Glass Love, A Summer Surfboard Festival, the first-ever event on the Great Lakes dedicated to […]

Surfing the Great Lakes

Surfing the Great Lakes

When Buffalo firefighter Magilla Schaus walked into my office more than 14 years ago, I didn’t know a thing about surfing on the Great Lakes. We have big waves during storms, but I never gave much thought to the possibility that people would be surfing the north shore of Lake Erie in the area I […]

Riding the waves

Riding the waves

Jill Prenger thought skills she’s learned as a windsurfer would translate as she tried her hand at surfing, but she found herself taking a few dives in the water as she tried to ride Lake Erie’s waves. “It’s not as easy as it looks. Windsurfing didn’t help me at all,” said Prenger with a laugh. […]

Antares

Antares

At 40 metres long, the tri-deck motor yacht Antares stood out as it sat along the west wall of the Welland Canal in Port Colborne, Ont. The Antares is the latest luxury yacht to pass through the St. Lawrence Seaway, Welland Canal and Port Colborne this summer. In the past few years, a number of […]

Surfers learn rescue techniques

Surfers learn rescue techniques

As waves built at Pleasant Beach, surfboards sat unused atop vehicles sitting outside a lodge at the end of Pleasant Beach Rd. One could sense the 18 surfers sitting inside were itching to get out and take on the waves, but they waited patiently inside. The surfers, from across Niagara, Toronto and Western New York, […]

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