|The view from Middle Island looking toward Marquette on a calm day.|
We expected rough water on Lake Superior in early October, but were instead treated to a classic Indian summer. The days were warm and sunny, and the winds generally light. The coaches scouted the two key locations: the nearby coast of Lake Superior, with its rocky islands and shoals, and a stretch of the Menominee River that offers current, eddies and rapids.
|Scouting the Menominee to find the right line.|
|A pre-surf session talk about launching and landing.|
Another unique aspect of this symposium was the ratio of instructors to students. With 12 instructors and 36 students, it was possible to safely take people out in dynamic conditions and keep class sizes small. This also meant that instructors and students got to know one another well over the course of the weekend, and everybody benefitted from working with guest coaches Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme of Body Boat Blade.
|Shawna debriefing with her class after an incident-management scenario.|
|Cliff jumping, kayaker style.|