VIDEO: Windsurfers Levi Siver, Philip Köster, and Marcillio Brown Take on Lake Superior
December 17, 2015
Windsurfing is found along the warm and sunny coasts of Maui, Costa Rica, Fiji, and other tropical backdrops. In contrast, the frigid and snowy gales off the shores of Lake Superior are the last place one can expect to find windsurfing, but three of the world’s best packed their bags to take on this unexplored frontier. After weeks of watching the weather forecast and waiting for the ideal storm, PWA stars Levi Siver, Philip Köster, and Marcillio Browne went off the windsurfing grid to the territory known as the “graveyard of the Great Lakes.” Chasing the legendary November storms that sank ships such as the SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the trio hunted for the perfect waves and wind to surf.
“Any water ferocious enough to break the 700-foot Edmund Fitzgerald in half before sending her to the depths certainly has potential for good surf,” according to Levi Siver.
The edit follows the journey of the three adventurers as they leave Maui and travel to Lake Superior, featuring both wintry water and air temperatures just above freezing. With winds reaching nearly 50knts and snow falling heavily, the three have to rely on their collective experience, as they look to push themselves to the limit in these dangerous conditions.