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(Fox 8 Cleveland)   Surfers flock to high waves on Lake Erie, say the extra limbs they'll grow from the water will help their paddling   ( fox8.com) divider line
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2018-04-16 09:03:46 AM  
Surf Nazis.
 
2018-04-16 09:10:11 AM  
All the flaming water will keep them warm.
 
2018-04-16 09:11:01 AM  
FTFA: "The temperature was about 40 degrees.  Lake Erie was about 33 degrees."

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2018-04-16 09:14:05 AM  

BalugaJoe: Surf Nazis.


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2018-04-16 09:15:45 AM  
Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms. That's actually a good thing since in the 70's not even the algae would grow. Amazingly the health has gotten so good in the last decade that they've lifted all recommendations on the number of fish per year eaten from the lake. It's actually a triumph of environmental regulation that a river and lake system which was on the brink of collapse less than 50 years ago is now very healthy.

/Though this week with all the rain I don't think I'd go in
//We still need to fix our combined storm and sanitary sewer system
///$3B and going up every year is the current expected cost, I'm expecting over $6B by the time we actually get done with the project
 
2018-04-16 09:15:57 AM  
If by flock you mean paddle forlornly by themselves and if by waves you mean gentle swells.
 
2018-04-16 09:17:19 AM  
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Skeet Surfin!
 
2018-04-16 09:17:20 AM  
The Euclid Beach Band-No Surf In Cleveland
Youtube 4diS3khW-5k
 
2018-04-16 09:17:27 AM  
Meh ... the lake isn't nearly as bad as it was 50 years ago ... perfectly fine for some aquatic activities ... although these people are straight up crazy. I don't generally get in until sometime mid-June when the lake gets near 70º.

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2018-04-16 09:17:52 AM  

robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms. That's actually a good thing since in the 70's not even the algae would grow. Amazingly the health has gotten so good in the last decade that they've lifted all recommendations on the number of fish per year eaten from the lake. It's actually a triumph of environmental regulation that a river and lake system which was on the brink of collapse less than 50 years ago is now very healthy.

/Though this week with all the rain I don't think I'd go in
//We still need to fix our combined storm and sanitary sewer system
///$3B and going up every year is the current expected cost, I'm expecting over $6B by the time we actually get done with the project


funny how you never hear that, it's as if they want people to be afraid of their own natural water sources and flock to buying bottled water
 
2018-04-16 09:21:59 AM  

Panatheist: funny how you never hear that, it's as if they want people to be afraid of their own natural water sources and flock to buying bottled water


I know people that refuse to swim in Lake Erie because "it's dirty." Meh, more lake for me to enjoy.

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2018-04-16 09:23:20 AM  
FTFA:  All of the surfers on the water were wearing full-body wet suits.

I'm going to assume the reporter is clueless as to the existence of dry suits or the video missed the part where the surfers were treated for hypothermia.
 
2018-04-16 09:24:11 AM  

seadoo2006: Panatheist: funny how you never hear that, it's as if they want people to be afraid of their own natural water sources and flock to buying bottled water

I know people that refuse to swim in Lake Erie because "it's dirty." Meh, more lake for me to enjoy.

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Corporations want to take the great lakes away from the people. All that lakefront is being planned for rich people to buy up, and all the water will belong to nestle in time
 
2018-04-16 09:25:04 AM  

Oliver Twisted: FTFA:  All of the surfers on the water were wearing full-body wet suits.

I'm going to assume the reporter is clueless as to the existence of dry suits or the video missed the part where the surfers were treated for hypothermia.


Wym Hoff laughs at you.
 
2018-04-16 09:29:32 AM  

robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days.


Came here to mention that, see that it's taken care of.
 
2018-04-16 09:29:39 AM  
Where are the "high waves"?
 
2018-04-16 09:34:11 AM  

robodog: It's actually a triumph of environmental regulation that a river and lake system which was on the brink of collapse less than 50 years ago is now very healthy.


That triumph had more to do with the iron gut that zebra mussels have.
 
2018-04-16 09:34:20 AM  
Surf nazis (nazi?), what about surf ninjas?
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2018-04-16 09:40:41 AM  
 wonder if the good folks at Fox 8 know that Avid allows you to edit video? You know, cut a 10 minute video to an interesting 90 seconds of actual surfing or paddle-boarding?  Cool to watch the guy paddle out of frame for two minutes and the ragged pan to get him back in frame really sold it.
 
2018-04-16 09:40:58 AM  

TomMalory: FTFA: "The temperature was about 40 degrees.  Lake Erie was about 33 degrees."


Around here, we call that activity "ice skating on bad ice."
 
OOF
2018-04-16 09:48:41 AM  
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2018-04-16 09:55:18 AM  
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Johnny Canuk doesn't surf, eh?
Ooops
 
2018-04-16 09:57:32 AM  
Don't adjust your monitors - that's the lake's actual color
 
2018-04-16 09:57:33 AM  
Lake Erie's lovely, but it still creeps me out.

/ Thanks, I'll be here all week
// Try the veal
/// Seriously, I hope I can get to Presque Isle this summer, it's gorgeous there
 
2018-04-16 09:59:32 AM  
Wusses. I swam in Lake Erie when you had to get a typhoid shot before you went in,
 
2018-04-16 10:01:58 AM  
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Lake Erie! Woah!
(Not)
 
2018-04-16 10:03:44 AM  
seadoo2006:  these people are straight up crazy

For some people, a dude riding a snowmobile into a pond through an explosion is crazy and for some people, it's just a regular ol' Tuesday.
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YEEHAW!
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2018-04-16 10:10:54 AM  

texdent: Surf nazis (nazi?), what about surf ninjas?
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Ninja please
 
2018-04-16 10:19:19 AM  

metamax: [img.fark.net image 425x425]Lake Erie! Woah!
(Not)


More like this.

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\fewer sharks
\\although not none
 
2018-04-16 10:23:15 AM  

metamax: [img.fark.net image 425x425]Lake Erie! Woah!
(Not)


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That first one is less than a mile from my work. I've been on the shoreway three lanes in and had a wave crash over the road and fling a fish onto my hood, also pushed me over one whole lane.
 
2018-04-16 10:26:19 AM  

robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms. That's actually a good thing since in the 70's not even the algae would grow. Amazingly the health has gotten so good in the last decade that they've lifted all recommendations on the number of fish per year eaten from the lake. It's actually a triumph of environmental regulation that a river and lake system which was on the brink of collapse less than 50 years ago is now very healthy.

/Though this week with all the rain I don't think I'd go in
//We still need to fix our combined storm and sanitary sewer system
///$3B and going up every year is the current expected cost, I'm expecting over $6B by the time we actually get done with the project


That is very true, but don't forget the (somewhat) beneficial action of an ongoing invasive catastrophe - zebra mussels.

http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/Education/20​0​9_Posters/VanDerLaar_Policy%20EC%20Pos​ter.pdf

What should've taken decades more time was sped up to an insane pace by these little filter feeders, but they do TOO good a job and wind up filtering almost all of the nutrients out of the water.

On the other hand the last time I was up at South Bass in the summer the water was such a shade of turquoise blue it looked like the Bahamas, not Ohio.

Very surreal since I remember being in the lake as a kid and the water was so nasty it would stain swimsuits.  That was mostly (we hoped) mud, but still.
 
2018-04-16 10:29:05 AM  

robodog: metamax: [img.fark.net image 425x425]Lake Erie! Woah!
(Not)

[image.cleveland.com image 850x486]

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That first one is less than a mile from my work. I've been on the shoreway three lanes in and had a wave crash over the road and fling a fish onto my hood, also pushed me over one whole lane.


The fish hitting my car on the Shoreway ... oh, one of the many things I love about living here, haha.

The lakes can get monstrously angry when the wind is just right ...

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2018-04-16 10:32:32 AM  
I'll keep an eye on them.
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2018-04-16 10:34:08 AM  

robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms.


Um, no.

I went swimming there two years ago.  After an hour or so a park ranger showed up and told everyone to get out of the water because there was - no kidding - sewage runoff in the water.  Yup, we were all swimming in shiat.  Thanks Cleveland.  We all showered up as best as we could on site and then I drove home and sat in the hottest shower I could manage for about an hour.

Fark swimming in Lake Erie.
 
2018-04-16 10:36:59 AM  
And LE is the "small lake." Most folks have no clue how massive these lakes are.
 
2018-04-16 10:41:12 AM  

Preston Preston: robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms.

Um, no.

I went swimming there two years ago.  After an hour or so a park ranger showed up and told everyone to get out of the water because there was - no kidding - sewage runoff in the water.  Yup, we were all swimming in shiat.  Thanks Cleveland.  We all showered up as best as we could on site and then I drove home and sat in the hottest shower I could manage for about an hour.

Fark swimming in Lake Erie.


The lake is clean ... what isn't clean is the combined sewer system of a city over 200 years old. When we get heavy rains, the storm sewers feed into the sanitary sewers. That much water over that short of a period means that the overflow is sent directly into the streams and into the lake. This is only an issue after heavy rainfall and is something we're spending BILLIONS of dollars right now remedying. Something like half a dozen tunnels are being built under Lake Erie right now as overflow storage for weather events. Most locals are aware of this, so we avoid beaches by river outlets after a large rainfall.

This is overly simplified, but explains more about the problems cities without wholly separate storm sewers face.

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You can read more about the sewer tunneling projects here:

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/​0​2/deep_underground_cleveland_tun.html

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2018-04-16 10:46:45 AM  
The temperature was about 40 degrees.  Lake Erie was about 33 degrees.


Whether or not the lake is nasty, those guys got some balls.

/they're bound to be way up in there,
/but nonetheless,
/those guys got some balls
 
2018-04-16 10:57:35 AM  

seadoo2006: The lakes can get monstrously angry when the wind is just right ...


Wind gusts exceed 60 mph High waves Silver Beach, North Pier
Youtube MIAU8PhYehU

Yeah, though the waves don't necessarily get as high as they do in the ocean, they're choppy as all hell and will happily smash you to pieces.  There's a reason the lakes are littered with shipwrecks and commercial shippers who have sailed both the lakes and the ocean will often say the lakes are more hazardous.
 
2018-04-16 11:08:41 AM  

robodog: metamax: [img.fark.net image 425x425]Lake Erie! Woah!
(Not)

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That first one is less than a mile from my work. I've been on the shoreway three lanes in and had a wave crash over the road and fling a fish onto my hood, also pushed me over one whole lane.


Yes, but was it rippable bro?
 
2018-04-16 11:13:32 AM  
I remember reading that Lake Erie had the biggest waves because it was the shallowest.
 
2018-04-16 11:17:02 AM  
Thirty three degrees?

Nope, nope, nope.

Friggin' nope.
 
2018-04-16 11:17:09 AM  
The lake is very clear thanks to the zebra mussel.
 
2018-04-16 11:17:17 AM  

70Ford: seadoo2006:  these people are straight up crazy

For some people, a dude riding a snowmobile into a pond through an explosion is crazy and for some people, it's just a regular ol' Tuesday.
[img.fark.net image 850x431]

YEEHAW!
[img.fark.net image 850x480]


Larry Enticer - Just Gonna Send It - The Best Of
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Just gonna send it!
 
2018-04-16 11:18:00 AM  

seadoo2006: Preston Preston: robodog: Um, the lake is quite clean these days. The only major pollutant of any concern is the nitrogen runoff from farms in the western basin which causes toxic algae blooms.

Um, no.

I went swimming there two years ago.  After an hour or so a park ranger showed up and told everyone to get out of the water because there was - no kidding - sewage runoff in the water.  Yup, we were all swimming in shiat.  Thanks Cleveland.  We all showered up as best as we could on site and then I drove home and sat in the hottest shower I could manage for about an hour.

Fark swimming in Lake Erie.

The lake is clean ... what isn't clean is the combined sewer system of a city over 200 years old. When we get heavy rains, the storm sewers feed into the sanitary sewers. That much water over that short of a period means that the overflow is sent directly into the streams and into the lake. This is only an issue after heavy rainfall and is something we're spending BILLIONS of dollars right now remedying. Something like half a dozen tunnels are being built under Lake Erie right now as overflow storage for weather events. Most locals are aware of this, so we avoid beaches by river outlets after a large rainfall.

This is overly simplified, but explains more about the problems cities without wholly separate storm sewers face.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x385]

You can read more about the sewer tunneling projects here:

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2011/0​2/deep_underground_cleveland_tun.html

[media.cleveland.com image 850x536]

[media.cleveland.com image 700x746]


Yup, that's what my first two slashies that he cutoff were referring to were about. And it's not like Cleveland, or even the Great Lakes are unique in this regard, there are hundreds of cities in this country with combined sewer systems. Prior to about 1960 that's just how it was done (primarily in the midwest, NE, and PNW, but there are a few in the SE. Wikipedia has a nice article on the issue.
 
2018-04-16 11:37:35 AM  
Those aren't waves.
 
2018-04-16 11:40:43 AM  

seadoo2006: Meh ... the lake isn't nearly as bad as it was 50 years ago ... perfectly fine for some aquatic activities ... although these people are straight up crazy. I don't generally get in until sometime mid-June when the lake gets near 70º.

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Checks Fark handle, looks at picture, notices Yamaha product.

o.O
 
2018-04-16 11:48:01 AM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: seadoo2006: Meh ... the lake isn't nearly as bad as it was 50 years ago ... perfectly fine for some aquatic activities ... although these people are straight up crazy. I don't generally get in until sometime mid-June when the lake gets near 70º.

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Checks Fark handle, looks at picture, notices Yamaha product.

o.O


Haha, I sold my Sea-Doo several years ago in favor of the Yamaha. There are some things I like more, some things I don't. Looking at replacing this with an RXT-X 300 ... something about more hp in my jet ski than my car makes me giggle like a school girl ...

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300 – PWC Review
Youtube AX3WimgtAjc
 
2018-04-16 11:58:05 AM  
Might be cold....but no sharks eating at your limbs...
 
2018-04-16 11:58:48 AM  

yakmans_dad: I remember reading that Lake Erie had the biggest waves because it was the shallowest.


Could be true. I personally don't know. I'd assume Superior would be able to muster up the largest.
Here's a random blurb from a random website.
"Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes, experiences the highest waves, topping out at about 30 feet. Marine forecasters at the National Weather Serviceoffice in Romeoville say the highest waves on Lake Michigan are 20-23 feet in height."
 
2018-04-16 12:02:02 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: Where are the "high waves"?


Meh. Paddleboarding≠Surfing
 
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