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Secret Spot - FREEP article - pic's and video!

John B. found this one. Mark Beauman and Dave Batchelor are getting some good press these days:
http://www.freep.com/article/20100819/SPORTS10/8190437/1048/sports


Update: Also posted on the Ezzy site: http://www.ezzy.com/latest-news/hitting-hot-spot-with-serious-winds...

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Comment by Tim Byrd on August 6, 2016 at 1:43pm

Did anyone happen to save a copy of this article? The Freep link is dead. I'd love to get one if someone happened to save it off.

Comment by Mark Beauman on August 22, 2010 at 3:01pm
Brian - you nailed it. Sturgeon Bay rocks!!! And Bob is right, there is plenty of room for everyone. The best thing every windsurfer in Michigan could do is to teach a friend how to sail, be a spokesman for the sport, and spread the stoke. As always, if you need help, call me.
Comment by Brian on August 22, 2010 at 12:21pm
Yeah, I'm thinking that "secret spot" remark was tongue-in-cheek. This is not HI and that launch in particular is never crowded.
Okay, let's give it away - how about Sturgeon Bay in Wilderness State park!
Comment by bob pratt on August 22, 2010 at 12:03pm
There is no reason why this spot should be shrouded in secrecy.
I drove up to the "secret spot" in the article with Mark, it's over a 4 hour drive from East Lansing. The whole idea of "secret spots" is humorous. This beach is a long drive (from anywhere), has plenty of parking and a huge launch area. It could easily handle a hundred sailors. The beach break can be gnarly and prevents even intermediates from getting out.

I know of other Lake Michigan spots located close to larger cities, where parking is limited to 3-4 trucks/ vans, has a limited beach area (30' wide) and would be crowded with more than 5 sailors. There is a reason I would never reveal the names of these spots.

With maybe a couple hundred regular sailors in the whole state we should be doing all we can to encourage everyone to get out. We should also encourage people to take lessons and get into the sport. Maybe then we'd have more people buying rather than selling equipment at our swaps, and we'd have fewer jet-skis to dodge out in the lake.

see you on the water...

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