Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Michigan Waterman Challenge 2015

The Michigan Waterman Challenge is a set of races. The first race starts 9AM August 30th in St. Joseph Michigan. The challenge is modeled after Lifeguard competitions, but is open for all participants. You can participate in as many or few events as you want. Competitors will receive points for each event. 

5 events 
Beach run 800m
open water swim 300 yards
Run-Swim-Run 300 yards of each leg
Beach Flags
Michigan Waterman (Run/Swim/SUP/Prone Paddle) 300 yards of each discipline
All equipment needed for the Michigan Waterman event will be provided (One design race)

More info to follow at MichiganLifeguard.com
Last years photos and results also at www.michiganlifeguard.com

Friday, May 1, 2015

Surf the Greats on Indiegogo

We are really impressed with how a Canadian biased surf travel company  Surf the Greats  is setting up surf trips. Not only can these Canadian's surf but they can teach others and have put in the time and effort to learn surf rescue skills.   

We have been following their great lake adventures for a while now, and they know where to find great surf.
There experiences working with surf lifesaving groups in Costa Rica are well documented on their youtube channel.  Their experiences reminded me a lot of when I was going through surf lifeguard training.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Support ISLA

Sign up for the 5k run 
Saturday March 1st HB Pier


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ISLA Trains Lifguards in Great Lakes

This is the first Great Lakes class by the International Surf Sifesaving Association.  More info at http://www.islasurf.org

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Matuli Paddle Surf Michigan

Lifeguard 4 Life has moved to MatuliPaddleSurf.com We will continue to write about Lifeguarding, surfing, the great lakes, stand up paddleboarding (SUP).

Thursday, August 4, 2011

20 Years of the Quest

The Quest, started by Larry Moore, starts at the end of San Clemente Pier and ends at Balboa Pier. It took our group of 24 9 hours to complete the 26 miles of coastline.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Matuli Freshwater Surfing

Joe Matulis surfing Lake Michigan in Fall 2010

Joe Matulis got hooked on surfing while lifegaurding in Southern California, and moving back to Michigan for the school year wasn't going to stop him from fueling his new addiction. 
"Waves are more common in Michigan then you might think," Joe said. "You just need to know where to look."
Joe's favorite place to surf back home is on the lake. Lake Michigan is surrounded by private beaches and secret surf breaks. 
"The lake is best to surf in the fall. The water is warm and the wind brings in the best surf," Joe said. 
The falling air temperature over the warm lake water makes a strong wind the blows across the lake to form waves. Most of the waves on Lake Michigan are 1 to 2 feet, but Joe has surfed it as big as 6 feet.
"When you surf Michigan, you aren't looking for the biggest waves, but for the cleanest. It's an adventure to find where to go. It takes a long time to learn all the breaks and what conditions make them good," he said. 
Joe Matulis surfing Lake Michigan in the winter
After years of exploring the Michigan coastline, Joe has finally gotten a good feeling for where the best surf is. The breaks are kept a secret within the surfing community to keep the crowds down. Once you prove yourself in the water, local surfers will to share their secrets. 
The best waves might be in the fall, but winter storms can bring surfable waves from time to time. When they do, Joe is there. Not even the chunks of ice floating on the lakes surface stop him from getting in a surf session. 
The spring showers might not bring waves on the lake, but it doesn't leave surfers stranded. The heavy rain combined with snow melt floods the Red Cedar River to make a secret spot. Right in the middle of Michigan State University, a few days a year, the river forms a standing wave against the rocks. 
Joe learned about the standing wave by Pat Caldwell, a national champion body boarder. 
"I didn't believe Pat at first but after looking at it [the river] every day before class I finally saw it!" Joe said. 
Joe spent the next few days studying the wave before trying it out. The fast moving water and rocky bottom make the wave tricky and dangerous to surf. It would be easy to get wedged underwater against a rock and drown.
"One time my board purled and got caught against the rocks. I had to dive into the water and pull as hard as I could before it freed itself."
After studying the wave, Joe grabbed his board and became the first person ever to surf the Red Cedar River. People had kayaked and even body boarded the standing wave before, but never had anyone attempted to surf it.
Joe Matulis and Remi Hamel wake surfing
When the wind is dead and the rainy season is over surf a boat wake. As long as the lake isn't frozen, a boat wake can make for a fun workable ride. 
Keep checking the local surf because the season is coming up fast and if you see the Matuli paddling out you know you came to the right spot. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Great White off North Beach

During a whale watching trip out of Dana Point Harbor, the group got something a little extra. A mile off the coast at North Beach in San Clemente a 12-foot great white shark came up to the boat.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Lifeguard Taplin Relay (Preview)

City of San Clemente 2010 Taplin Relay Team
The 2011 Lifeguard Taplin Relay is coming up on Saturday July 30, at the Hermosa Beach Pier. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter and Los Angeles County Lifeguard Demo and lifeguard competitions followed by the Judge Taplin Three-mile Lifeguard Medley Relay.

Last summer the City of San Clemente team raced in the Taplin relay for the first time in years. Although we didn't finish first, we finished with pride. Excited with out first completed Taplin under our belt, we are now ready to come back strong and give the other teams a run for their money.  This isn't our first rodeo anymore.

The Lifeguard Taplin relay is the most prestigious lifeguard event in Southern California. Named after Judge Irving Taplin, a former Municipal Court Judge in L.A. County, the Taplin relay was started in 1936. It has run every year since with the exception of 1942 to 1945 when the race was suspended due to World War II.

Judge Irving Taplin
Medley Relay Throphy Bell
Competing for a chance at taking home the Taplin Bell, teams from around the world show up in numbers with team caps, paddle boards, and dory boats. The bell is past down from year-to-year to the winners of the race. Each team is made of 16 ocean lifeguards; four swimmers, four paddlers, and four 2-man dory teams in an effort to have the best over all time. All 16 names of the winning team are engraved onto the bell to remind everyone of their win.

Come to the Hermosa Beach Pier at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 to watch the most competitive race in Southern California, and see who will be taking home the bell. Make sure to come early, the stadium seating fills up fast.

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