The Lake Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is working hard to open up Chicago’s city beaches to surfing and a new appreciation for the recreational opportunities on the Great Lakes. The group’s members, who are committed to the protection of the lake and its beaches, are currently not allowed to use their boards in the water off Chicago’s city beaches. Any attempts to surf there can result in citations, fines, and even jail time.
However, that may soon change. Members of the Surfrider Foundation and allies recently met with the Chicago Park District to advocate for surfing at certain beaches. “We are not suggesting opening up the busiest beaches at the busiest times,” stated Vince Duer, President of the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. “The fact is, the best surfing on Lake Michigan is during the off-season between Labor Day and Memorial Day. There aren’t many places left in the world where one cannot access the water with a surfboard, and it’s about time Chicago stepped up to the plate.” After all, as noted in a Chicago Sun Times article, a city that is seeking to be a future Olympics host should allow residents to access the water for recreational purposes.
For more information about the Lake Michigan Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation or to find out how you can get involved, go to: http://www. surfriderlakemichigan.org.