Surfer rides wave for four miles behind Lake Michigan ferry

Surfer rides wave for four miles behind Lake Michigan ferry

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Surfer rides wave for four miles behind Lake Michigan ferry

As far as Ryan Bezemek is concerned, why bother taking a ferry across Lake Michigan when you can ride on swells generated by the ferry?

The accompanying footage shows Bezemek surfing a fast-moving swell created by a Beaver Island Boat Company ferry on Sept. 30.

The MLive video clip is short, but Bezemek and witnesses say he surfed the wake for a remarkable four miles.

He was using a hydrofoil surfboard, which allows for more efficient travel at high speeds, as the board rises above the surface.

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Bezemek, who is from Grand Rapids, told MLive that this effort was months in the planning and that his ultimate goal is to surf the ferry’s wave for its entire 30-mile crossing from Charlevoix to Beaver Island.

“We had this idea throughout the summer, but we weren’t sure it was achievable,” said Bezemek, who has been surfing for four years. “We were kind of surprised when it worked. It took us a couple tries, but once I got up I did it seamlessly. I was stunned and excited that we actually made it happen.”

The footage was captured by Ryan Sugnet, who was aboard a personal watercraft piloted by Logan Stanley. Bezemek was initially towed onto the swell with a rope by his friends as the 95-foot Beaver Islander ferry cleared the Round Lake Channel.

The ferry has a top speed of 13.5 knots.

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