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How to catch waves away from the ocean

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 13, 2014, 8:12 a.m.
Near Duluth, Minnesota

Photo: Randen Pederson/Flickr

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Different buoyancies

Great Lakes wave sizes can be large, but one major difference between freshwater and saltwater is buoyancy. Boards do not float as readily on freshwater because it has a much lower density than saltwater. Lake surfers have to use wider, thicker boards than their ocean-going peers. Traditional "longboards" are a common sight on the lakes. Some surfers who prefer shorter lengths rely on lighter, more buoyant epoxy boards instead of standard fiberglass ones.