(cheerful music) – Welcome to Weird Waves. In this episode, we travel to the greatest lakes on earth: the Great Lakes, to ask the question what is a lake surfer and are they different from you and I? (cheerful music) Yup, we’re doing it. – Look at this one! Oh my god! – [Dylan] I know, I know. Not your dream surf trip. But I wanted to experience
something fresh. – Dude I got worked on – Dude! Yeah dude! Oh my Gosh! – [Tyler] Oh, I see a car with surfboards Yeah there he is (laughs) Yeah, Burton! – Just pull in right here
– Okay cool – Dude, sick! No way, yeah! Nice to meet you Are these things solid? Gotta be, huh?
– Dude we are on Tomorrow is Hellyin day,
victory at gnarl dude Victory at lake it’s
gonna be fricken gnarly – [Tyler] This is Burton
Hathaway, our guide. He works for UPS in Racine, Wisconsin and has surfed and explored the
lakes for the past 11 years. I had been in touch with Burton for months – [Burton] You’re gonna see something that no one’s ever seen. – [Tyler] On call for a big winter storm It was safe to say he
psychs harder than anyone I’ve ever met so I didn’t
know how to interpret what him and the boys were
calling ‘the swell of the decade’ – [Burton] No way! Oh! We’re
looking at reds and yellows and oranges and subway – Code red dude! Code red. – Is this someone’s house?
– Yeah. – Are we allowed to go down here? – Oh yeah, we’re just down here for… Just don’t let, just don’t tell
him that in summary you know There’s a few ice chunks in the lake! – [Tyler] I know I was
just gonna point that out I saw ’em floating – Yeah god you’d need a
big old come back around Look at this one! That’s way bigger than, Oh my god dude!
– That thing’s solid. – Oh my, I’m so pumped for us dude I’m riding my bigger board dude – Yeah, we’re fuckin’ out there – Yeah dude! It’s fuckin’ so good! – We’re out there.
– Oh my god! – Can’t get these things on fast enough Hold on it’s not, pull
it down on, oh okay. You got buttoned up by the man himself! Alright, let’s do this! Step by step (laughs) – [Burton] Just be careful
on the shore breaking you guys get out right here
dude, like for real dude, like when you get out just
remember there’s huge boulders inside of like this dude, just be careful. (adventurous music) – [Tyler] That first icy
duck-dive was basically the lake slapping me in the face. I was trippin’ on how cold it was and how much water was moving. With fresh water being less buoyant and swell periods at 12
feet in seven seconds, the lake put me in my place real quick. (adventurous music) – Dude, that was so much gnarlier than I thought it was gonna be, I don’t know. I feel like I got Men in
Black blasted with the little zapper first duck dive was just like pew! Like a mind eraser, mind numbing cold – I just got worked, dude. I took like seven on the head – Yeah your suit’s open
– My god it ripped Dude I got worked on, we’ll
go find somewhere mellower. – [Tyler] Let’s break it down. We’re in Lake Superior, the
largest lake in the world, for the biggest storm in the season. With 270 miles of open
water there’s plenty of room for these storms to create waves. However, it’s relative
size compared to an ocean gives these wind waves
zero chance to calm down. Hence, the relentless onslaught of thirty-degree water we just dealt with. So we went to a part of the lake shore that was a little more protected. (gong crashes) (relaxing music) Surfing this every day, you know, it’s just there’s so much more work. Everything like paddling, catching waves, everything’s just a lot harder. I have so much respect for these guys, you know surfing in these elements, everything about it is just a
lot tougher, a lot more core. (relaxing music) – Yeah we’re lucky ’cause
we got point breaks, we got rocky points here, we got sandy beach breaks,
we got river mouths. So that’s really almost
one of those kind of rare phenomenons of nature for surfers up here to have all those variety of
breaks for us to choose from. We’ve definitely had our fair
share of curiosity seekers like yourself coming
out here that are like “what is this all about?” You know? but I always feel so lucky
’cause it’s just like the way aloha comes back
in town and so I get that little Hawaiian vibe,
the southern California, the Florida guys and now you
from Puerto Rico so I can… I’m living the dream! (laughs) (relaxing music) – [Tyler] Totally different beast today. More everything: more snow,
more wind, more waves. – Wow, look at how thick these things are! (whistles) nice and easy – It’s gonna be brutal,
it’s rough right now. You can’t see very far and
you can’t see very well So I dunno man – [Tyler] We’ll see what we see – We’ll see what we see, we’re out here – [Tyler] Lake Lawrence, 2018! – It’s a secret weapon,
sponsored by Coleman. Put hot water in this thing and then put it in your booties and mitts, and then it feels like
California, sort of. – Here we go – Dude south side’s even working, dude. – Wow look we can’t even pull up to where we were the other day. – Wow, that looks bigger
man, way bigger than… – What? Oh my gosh
– Oh my gosh dude. It is way bigger than yesterday – It’s sorta like the medium
ones are kinda looking like they’re the ones hitting the reef right. – Wow! Dude!
– Oh my! (gentle music) – Oh my gosh! (relaxing music) Next one!
(relaxing music) Where are we?
(relaxing music) (cheering) – Oh my god, dude! Yeah dude! Oh my gosh! Oh my, that was a sick one dude! You drove it through all the way – Yeah the take off was like, I wasn’t sure if it was
gonna open up I’m like “ahh” And then I ended just
just being sort of alright – Right in it at the
end I thought you were gonna clued to me I’m like oh my yes! Lake show is a full freaken event dude! Hells yes
– I can’t feel my toes – I got flushed, I got flushed dude – [Tyler] Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end of the video. Thirsty for more? What else… We’ve got plenty of lakes,
you know, lots of lakes tons of lakes, you want more lakes? We’ve got ’em, click the
links, click the links.