Great Lakes Surf Festival set for Aug. 18 in Michigan

Surf’s up at Pere Marquette Beach in Muskegon, Michigan, next month.

The first ever Great Lakes Surf Festival on Aug. 18 is expected to draw thousands of surfers, boardheads, artists and yogis, according to a news release. The event is the brainchild of Michigan resident Joe Bidawid (one of the most influential and recognizable Great Lakes water athletes) and will provide an activity-filled date for water enthusiasts of all abilities.

Camping and event registration can be purchased at The $30 event registration pass includes over 50 activities, such as free surfing lessons, stand-up paddleboard lessons, kayak lessons, yoga and numerous other beach- and surf-related activities. Visit to see the full schedule of events.

Regional retail shops  and major industry surf brands are expected to participate in the event, according to the release. Registered participants will be eligible for free product raffles, including a variety of boards, clothing and sports-related accessories. The main prizes will be a new Naish Paddleboard and a new surfboard signed by 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.

Riders and visitors are encouraged to register at by Aug. 1 to avoid any possible long admission lines on Aug. 18.

Pere Marquette Beach is approximately a 5 hour, 15 minute drive from Cleveland (342 miles).

For more information, visit

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