Local kids who want to learn how to surf won’t have to head to the coast to do so. Students going into grades 3-6 are welcome to sign up for one of two summer surf camps 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 22 or Aug. 5 at Valleyfair in Shakopee.
Local surfers, many of whom surf Lake Superior on a regular basis, will teach participants the basics of surfing in the amusement park’s Breakers Bay wavepool. The event, which is in its first year, is put on by EARTHandSURF and members of the Minnesota-Superior Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the area’s lakes and beaches.
“Surfing in Minnesota is such a unique experience, combining one of the coldest places to surf in the world with the ability to drink the water you surf in. Add to that the thought that you’re more than 600 feet above sea level and have no concern for sharks when you’re waiting for a wave in Lake Superior, it’s a spectacular feeling to catch that wave,” said Ryan Patin, EARTHandSURF Camp program founder.
Participants in the event will not only learn to surf, but will also participate in a beach clean-up, giving them an opportunity to learn more about the issues that affect local waters and beaches.
“Protecting our natural resources to enjoy and share with our youth is important. With over 10,000 lakes, the headwaters of the Mississippi, the Boundary Waters, and a large portion of Lake Superior shoreline, Minnesota’s waters are a vital part of our ecosystem. We’re excited about the opportunity to teach a diverse group of youth not only what they can do to protect that ecosystem, but also how they can enjoy it as well. Valleyfair has stepped up in a big way to help provide the perfect venue for the EARTHandSURF Camp, and we’re thrilled to have them as a partner,” Patin said.
For information on the event and registration forms, contact Ryan Patin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $20 per participant. Registration closes July 12 for July 22 camp, and July 26 for Aug. 5 camp. Lunch will be provided by Dangerfield's (July 22) and Pizza-N-Pasta (August 5). Please feel free to help promote the camp to your Facebook friends by "liking" EARTHandSURF at www.facebook.com/earthandsurf.