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Sleeping Bear Storm Gathering

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Sleeping Bear Shoreline

This is an informal “training camp” style setting for those wishing to get more comfortable in rough water.  This program is open to 6-12 people who’d like to work together to work on surf and bracing skills, rough water safety and wave etiquette. Our setting gives us a wide variety of launch options within short drives. We have a large variety of fleet boats that can be borrowed including Romany’s, so don’t be afraid because you’ve only got a tripping boat.  Plan on trying each other’s boats, sharing and learning in a relaxed atmosphere.

This season we are working out of a 5 Bedroom Crystal Lake Beachfront house for an expanded event, giving us 3 days of fun with the added benefit of a big house, big fireplace, big deck and big water out the front door!

Fall colors should be in full bloom around the lake and we’ll be 10 minutes from Frankfort beach.

You can expect some very solid coaching from the usual suspects like Scott Fairty, Try Rouss, Jeremy Vore in addition to Michael Gray. Michael will also be on duty in the kitchen for big breakfasts and fun dinners for the three day event!


Day 1) After dinner Fri evening arrival between 4-8 pm. Get acquainted and settled. Dinner out at the Roadhouse: our local SW favorite (cost not included)

Day 2) Saturday morning surf session wherever conditions allow. Choices: Elberta, Frankfort, Empire, Good Harbor Bay (North conditions). Any wind direction but east can give us “conditions”

Day 3) After a fine Sunday brunch, we'll gear up for a beach session and keep at it until we’ve had enough or its Monday…whichever comes first!


Dates for 2016

October 13 - 16


$395 / person (double occupancy) includes meals and lakefront lodging, plus

mentors, kayaking equipment if needed (boat, paddle, PFD, skirt), breakfasts and Saturday dinner. Lunches are BYO. Please call if you have special diet requirements.

Need to upgrade to single occupancy? Please give us a call.

Want to save money by camping? You can camp at Platte River NPS Campground. Camping is "on your own". Our program fee for campers is $195 / person.

Stuff to Bring

Paddling Clothes & Gear:

  • Drysuit (some rentals available for $40)
  • Helmet
  • Tow rig
  • Synthetic long underwear: polypropylene, polyester, coolmax, etc….anything but cotton, both tops and bottoms, can be worn under shorts too for a very comfortable if not very stylish ensemble.
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Paddling Jacket or rain parka: I have a few loaners.
  • Water shoes or neoprene boots: I try to discourage sandals because they can get tangled in footrests….and that’s bad if you're upside down.

Odds and Ends:

  • One liter water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Anything alcoholic you may want with evening meals


Full amount due 30 days in advance.

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Purchase This Adventure


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LODGE ($395)
Date: October 13-16


NON-LODGEING OPTION (for campers) ($195)
Date: October 13-16



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