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Brave soul takes to Lake Erie's winter waves for the ultimate surfing session

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-07 12:28:37-05

CLEVELAND — It wouldn’t be winter in Cleveland without a sighting of a brave soul on a surfboard riding out the waves of Lake Erie at Edgewater Park.

Charlie McVan posted a picture of a surfer riding the waves, calling it his "favorite winter sighting."

A surfer at Edgewater Beach in Cleveland on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

On a given winter day in Cleveland, you can catch a local surfer enjoying the lake effect snow and waves. A beach camera captured a surfer riding out the waves Friday.

Cleveland has a dedicated surfing squad—a growing but relatively unknown tribe of natives and transplants who find familiarity and commonality on Lake Erie.

These surfers are a dedicated and passionate bunch. Conditions that would normally keep someone inside bring the surfers outside, especially in the winter when the wind creates the ideal swell. Rain or shine, snowstorm or heatwave, Cleveland's surfers are a versatile, easy-to-please bunch.

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Surfers brave the cold at Edgewater Beach to catch some waves.
Surfers brave the cold at Edgewater Beach to catch some waves in 2020.

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