[Sheboygan, WI] – Wisconsin is known for brats, cheese and as the home of the Green Bay Packers, but it is also home to the largest population of freshwater and Midwest surfers in the world. These freshwater surfers are happy to hang ten on the waves of Lake Michigan, and on Saturday, September 5, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will host the 21st annual Corona Dairyland Surf Classic.
Sheboygan, also known as the “Malibu of the Midwest,” boasts 22 different breaks on its five-mile coastline and is considered the No. 1 spot for freshwater surfing in the world. The waves, which can be chest-to-shoulder high, are created by wind rather than the tide. Labor Day weekend marks the start of the Great Lakes surfing season, which runs from fall to early winter, with waves getting bigger as the weather gets cooler.
The Corona Dairyland Surf Classic consists of a weekend of surfing events and festivities including the paddle relay and paddle competition, while surfboard art and beach vendors add to the “Surf City” attitude.
The Surf Classic was founded in 1988 by twin brothers Larry “Longboard” and Lee “Waterflea” Williams, 40-year veterans of freshwater surfing and lifelong residents of Sheboygan. Both were featured in the surf documentaries Step Into Liquid and Unsalted. More information can be found at http://www.visitsheboygan.com/dairyland/.
WHAT: Corona Dairyland Surf Classic
WHEN: Saturday, September 5, 2009
– Saturday Dawn Patrol, Surf starts at dawn
– 12 p.m.-Eastern Surfing Association sponsored Surfing Competition
– 2:00 p.m.-Individual Pro paddle Competition (21yr. or older)
– 2:30p.m.-Individual Youth paddle Competition (15yr. and younger)
– 3:00p.m.-Three-person paddle relay
– 3:30p.m.-Stand-up paddle competition
WHERE: Sheboygan, Wisconsin – Deland Park, Northside Beach
For more information, images or to request an interview with Lee “Waterflea” Williams, please contact Lauren Fimbres at 312-829-8326 ext. 263 or [email protected]