Published June 07, 2009, 12:00 AM

Superior surfers don’t let a flat lake spoil the fun

It was hardly picnic weather. Just saying the words “Park Point” was enough to get a plume of breath during the Cold Water Surf Festival on Saturday. The temperature was nothing for the Superior Surf Club, whose members had gathered at the Pavilion for the ninth annual event.

By: Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

It was hardly picnic weather. Just saying the words “Park Point” was enough to get a plume of breath during the Cold Water Surf Festival on Saturday.

The temperature was nothing for the Superior Surf Club, whose members had gathered at the Pavilion for the ninth annual event.

Actually, they were looking for more wind — specifically more from the northeast. The waves weren’t so swell for surfing, but a few members of the informal group — many from the Twin Cities area — planned to at least take out a stand-up board and get wet later in the afternoon.

In the meantime, they chatted, checked out long boards, short boards, stand-up boards, and skateboards and did what is a fulltime gig for any Lake Superior surfing aficionado: Watched the weather very closely.

“One thing about us surfers,” said Greg Isaacson of Duluth, “we’re really self-reliant. We’re really nomads. You have to find the surfing.”

Addison Mills rolled around on a long board skateboard — tar surfing, the picnickers called it.

At 11 years old, Mills is more than just the only surfer at his school.

“I’m pretty much the only kid in Woodbury who surfs,” he said. Mills, who is a trick inline skater, also shapes boards in the garage with his mom’s boyfriend, Stefan Ronchetti.

Mills already has some lake cred: He went out with a group in February, with a hooded wet shoot, gloves and booties.

“Coming out with all the guys, riding the waves … the best part is you feel so free,” he said.

Mills was among just a handful of surfers who ended up in the water on Saturday.

Erik Wilkie of Webster, Wis., went out for a bit.

“Somebody needed to get some Surf Fest in, otherwise it would be the Surf-less Fest,” the Southern California transplant said. He did a cross between long boarding and wind surfing. The waves were 6-12 inches Wilkie said:

“And that’s an exaggeration. But it’s the positive attitudes that attract positive waves.”

There was plenty of talk about heading out this morning, or maybe even Monday.

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