It's Freezing, But Lake Erie Is Perfect For Surfing
Posted February 7, 2007
CLEVELAND, OH - The temperatures on the Great Lakes can be well below freezing this time of year, but at times, the waters of Lake Erie look more like the beaches of Hawaii!
You can take the surfers out of Hawaii, but you can't keep them from riding the waves.
A Hawaii transplant and his friends are creating a lot of attention with their love of winter surfing.
For Ben Hane, who grew up surfin' Hawaii, the waves here aren't as big but they come faster!
Those waves have become addicting to other surfers as well, like Scott Ditzenberger.
When the winter waves are breaking, Cleveland surfers, insulated against the cold, are out on the lake three hours or more at a time.
Some weeks, they're out on the lake two or three days in a row.
The most popular spot for Clevelanders to hang ten is Edgewater Beach.
"It's a love affair and it will change your life. The best you can hope for is your friends and family will understand the passion that you have."