Burton H's photo of The Zoo

Not the zoo but it is Lake Superior and photo was shot by mike killion of greatlakessurfer.com Also this picture was featured on the Transworld Surf's website called Great Lakes Go Off. Surfer Burton

Average rating of 4.53 from 53 votes

The Zoo

Spot Location: Great Lakes > Lake Superior > The Zoo

Date Taken: 3rd October 2009. 20855 page views since 14th January 2010.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
4ft 5s 57.3°     9
Drizzle 48°f

KIMBALINOS Jan 21, 2010 Rating: -1

wow thats just freakin weird!! the beared aswell!!just checked the web site!!! I just never knew that could be possible!! and how good are those waves!! thats it i'm checking roath park out like!! gotta be something there!

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alan_ronan Jan 20, 2010 Rating: 1

amazing. it's hard to believe that wave breaks in freshwater. looks so clean

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swwl Jan 20, 2010 Rating: 2

Someone told me It's all happening at the zoo. I do believe it, I do believe it's true. woooohoohoo

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.....SPARTACUS!! Jan 19, 2010 Rating: 0

what happened to all the zoo picks with dudes in shorts surfing brown water?


BWS=MIA/NORCAL Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 0

get the hell out of here!!! i cant even imagine HOW!!! tell me man what kind of winds how is the geography of that spot and what serious storm was on its way i just can not believe it SICK!!

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Burton H Jan 18, 2010 Rating: -1

Well got to live out here for several years to know your right winds to make the right waves at certain spots like that spot which takes a stright NE to have the place work like it does. It takes a few years before you get it down by watching the weather channel like 24 hours a day and watch the different storm systems that come out of Canada and across the county. And like I said before the swell windows are super small so most of the time we see the waves build and then die through a period of sometimes 3 to 6 hours before it turns flat again. Yes you can surf on a lake but it takes a long time to get it right and at first expect to get skunked a lot because that's what also goes into being a lake surfer. Burton

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Bart Sinbad Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 0

goodnight everyone!

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jrat Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 2

yeah it's on a lake, that's impressive. but the fact that the guys surfing with no arms is just downright unbelievable!!

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Sunspot Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 1

I just went to check the saltfree link, and it sure looks cold in winter. Icicle beards etc, though there was 1 shot of someone in boardies (maybe Inuit lol), worth a look.

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Wreenus Jan 17, 2010 Rating: -2

hmmmpff. Im surprised people in the states have the brains to figure out to surf in a lake. What is it, the 'superpower' of the world, and 25% percent of students drop out? The biggest consumer of cocaine and marijuana? Dumbest nation in the world.

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7 Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 1

Do us a favor (favour) and delete your initial post. That'll get rid of this whole unpleasant little thread. What could be cooler than surfing stoke 1000 miles from the nearest ocean? As to our perceived internal rot - look to your own shores while there's still time - and stay away from mega-corporate foods that corrode the body and mind. Resist authority. Distrust all politicians. Chill. Surf. That'll be $10, please.

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hindleg Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 0

Well wreenus why don't you use your far superior brain and think about what you would do if immigrants from all over the world came to your country and didn't speak english. Then had kids and sent them to and english speaking school. The US is a melting pot wreenus. Get your ignorant head out of your asshole.

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Wreenus Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 0

haha! Good one sunspot! +1

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Sunspot Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 1

yeah, keep it real Wreenus, or do you really want me to say it ie Wreenus.., that rhymes with ...?

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The Rage Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 0

C'mon man don't start all that stuff.. the vibes been good on this photo..

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the palm Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 0

All the surfs i've had when i've been gasping for a drink. Here all you have to do is stick your head under and suck away.awesum!Suppose you'd also need a thicker board with more float.

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Rich Walsh Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 0

A lake !! Wow, makes our biggest look like a bathtub. Nice shot

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The Rage Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 0

Surfing fresh water.. wow this is awesome.. Do the lakes have tides big enough to have an impact on the waves?

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nelch Jan 18, 2010 Rating: 1

love the icicle beard pics =Þ

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Burton H Jan 17, 2010 Rating: -2

On Lake Michigan it has been recorded that the water dose move out like a tide but only a few inches that's about it an you cannot really tell. Thanks again for all the killer comments and yes you can surf on a lake with some decent waves. Burton www.nosaltsurf.com

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SurfManiac Jan 16, 2010 Rating: -1

I just cant believe what my eyes see. thats a lake! Fucking perfect

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Mumble The Irrelevant Jan 16, 2010 Rating: 1

Lake Superior is the size of a small ocean so it's not surpising they get waves at one end when there's wind at the other. I've seen two foot right handers peeling for 60m down the side of Loch Ness. I shit you not!

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Rich Walsh Jan 17, 2010 Rating: 0

Is that after Nessie gunning down a rip ?

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Sir Surfalot Jan 16, 2010 Rating: 2

i don't even get that. gotta be a miscategorization. no way that is coming in off a fricking lake!

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7 Jan 16, 2010 Rating: 1

If you were plunked down on the shore of one of these you'd have no idea you weren't looking at the ocean without tasting the water. They're not really lakes - they're inland seas. There are thousands of tons of ships at their bottoms sunk in big storms over the last couple centuries.

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Burton H Jan 16, 2010 Rating: -2

Read the deal Transworld surf did on their website an like I said click onto www.nosaltsurf.com and click on this same picture at the bottom of the homepage. Got many and many of good days out here on the lakes you can see some of the pictures on my website. I wanna surf the loc ness. Happy surfing the Great Lakes

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little compton ak Jan 16, 2010 Rating: 1

Guess it might be worth the handful of ok days to keep the stoke alive for this gem!

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traboys Jan 16, 2010 Rating: -1

Thats in a lake! Fucking amazing

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Trident Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 1

Never dreamed this was possible. Surfing in sweetwater must be amazing in itself. I expect it's quite a gentle wave, or not? Nice shot.

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Trident Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 0

Cool, worth going on a pilgrimage for then! I'll be looking out for the footage for sure, nice 1.

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Burton H Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -2

Not it chucks and there will be a video of this day and many other good days coming out this spring. The video is called Suits Of Armor watch out for it coming soon from the Great Lakes in the near future.B

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Sean Morrison/Eco Stoke Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 0

I too have surfed Lake Huron, spent a lot of time at family cottage @ Grand Bend...great waves produced by some of the thunderstorms...great photo, days like that on the lakes are rare!

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allyosborne Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 2

i want to go to the zoo

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s0ulsurfing Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 0

love it, unsalted is one of my favourite surf videos, not for all the scenes of endless beauty like most commercial vids, but for the real stoke that it showed you can get up there and the dedication needed to score it

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M Rogers Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -2

Are you sure this is the Great Lakes? Didn't I see you hiding in the bushes at Rocky Point Rights back in October?? Nah Nah!, what a great shot, I always knew thay had waves up there, but, not something you could sink your rail into....guess it was worth it getting up and traveling for it. Good call

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Burton H Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -1

Thanks guys for the cool comments and there are thousands of surf spots all over the Great Lakes which some will never be surfed due to the different winds you have to know in order to score the right breaks and the wind and swell windows are very short so you have to be on it. Lake Superior Lake Huron and Lake Michigan get as ocean like as you can get out here on the lakes. This photo that Mike Killion took was on October the 3rd 2009 of me and we got to the north shore of Lake Superior at like 3 in the morning after driving all night to score these good waves. Check out the deal on Transworld surf's website called Great Lakes Go Off, actually go to www.nosaltsurf.com on the home page at the bottom and click onto this picture and it will take you there again thanks for the cool comments and the lakes do go off just need to know your winds. Burton

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Surfing is my drug Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -2

wow....did not know that lakes got that much surf! seen video's of people trying to surf 1ft mush but that is somthing eles.

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Lips Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -3

looks better than LINY Ill take it

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sdfjkljklsh Jan 15, 2010 Rating: -2

wow, what a cool shot. I guess surfing the great lakes can be more than just a novelty.

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Sneakybadger Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 1

Looks like baby Cloud Nine! Cant believe thats a lake! Awesome!

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Spongerdudette Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 1

Have to agree with you there.

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7 Jan 15, 2010 Rating: 1

Awesome. Almost surfed Huron once - too choppy - but I had 3 surf shops to choose from for renting a board to surf on a lake. It was over 300 miles to the opposite shore, so plenty of room for fetch.