IN THIS EPISODE:
Head out for some ice boating with Host Ward Detwiler and then go winter surfing with the all-female Lake Surfistas. Plus get caught up on news about the lakes you love with our new monthly feature “The Catch.”
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STATIONS CARRYING THE SERIES
Bad Axe, Michigan
Bay County, Michigan
Bowling Green, Ohio
Buffalo, New York
East Lansing, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Green Bay, Wisconsin
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Menomonie-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Park Falls, Wisconsin
South Bend, Indiana
Syracuse, New York
University Center, Michigan
Watertown, New York for Ontario signal
Watertown, New York for U.S. signal
SEGMENT 1 | Walled Lake and Clinton Township, Michigan
There’s a group of sailors around the Great Lakes who aren’t willing to put their sails away when winter weather hits. When the lakes freeze, they trade their sailboats for ice boats.
Ron Sherry is the most accomplished ice boat racer in the world, and he calls the Great Lakes home. He’s a 5-time world champion in his racing class, a 14-time North American Champion and an 8-time ice boat world champion title holder. He has raced at breakneck speeds on frozen surfaces all across the globe.
“In Finland one year I got clocked at 143 kilometers an hour, which is like 94 miles an hour,” he said.
But Ron’s passion for ice boating goes beyond racing. He doesn’t just race the boats, he builds them.
Great Lakes Now Host Ward Detwiler got the chance to visit Ron’s workshop and learn how he’s building boats that will help other sailors hit high speeds on the ice.
Ward is also an award-winning sailor who always wanted to test his sailing skills on the ice, and in this episode of “Great Lakes Now,” he finally gets the chance. Ride along as Ward takes his first run on an ice boat and races against a group of ice boaters who are preparing for U.S. Nationals.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on Great Lakes sailing:
SEGMENT 2 | Humber River, Lake Ontario, Oshawa, Ontario
Think surfing and you probably picture Hawaii or the California coast. But you can surf the Great Lakes too. In fact, there’s a small, dedicated group of women doing just that. They’re called the Lake Surfistas.
One of its founders is Oshawa, Ontario native Robin Pacquing, who learned to surf while on vacation in Hawaii. When she returned home, she found out she could surf right outside her door — on the waters of Lake Ontario. While trying out spots all around the Great Lakes, she met other women just as dedicated to the sport as she is.
Pacquing describes herself as obsessed with surfing the Great Lakes, where waves can get as high as 8 feet and the best surf happens in the fall and winter.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on surfing:
SEGMENT 3 | Benton Harbor, MI; Indiana Dunes National Park; Interlochen, MI
Keep up with the Great Lakes’ biggest issues. Find out how environmental challenges are impacting your enjoyment of the outdoors and the health of the ecosystem. Go beyond the headlines with reporters from around the region.
This new segment – The Catch – in our award-winning PBS program will keep you in the know. This month, a roundup of news stories related to Lake Michigan:
Leonard Fleming of The Detroit News discusses the latest developments around efforts to address the ongoing water issues in Benton Harbor through costly pipe replacements throughout the west Michigan community, which sits along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Joseph S. Pete of the Times of Northwest Indiana has been following the inward migration of Mount Baldy, a massive dune at Indiana Dunes National Park, which sits at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Pete talks about what park officials are doing to try to meet the challenges posed by the dune’s movement into a nearby parking lot.
Dan Wanschura of Interlochen Public Radio discusses the station’s latest season of the Points North podcast: a series called “[Un]Natural Selection” that includes multiple stories about the relationship between human resource management and the natural world. Topics include shoreline hardening, dam removal and the bioethical implications of genetically modified lake trout.
Here is other Great Lakes Now work on issues reported in this month’s “The Catch”:
Videos from Episode 2201
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A Great Lakes archeological dig site and power generation along the Niagara River.
Sailing on ice, Lake Ontario winter surfing and three Lake Michigan news stories.
Explore Indiana’s shoreline erosion dilemma and Michigan dam removal efforts.
Tracking wolves and moose on Isle Royale, and piloting Great Lakes freighters.
Mountain biking Great Lakes trails and the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on wetlands.
Rock hunting along Great Lakes shorelines and Niagara farmers adapt to water scarcity.
An encore presentation of stories about eFoiling, water infrastructure, and The Catch.
A community fights for a cleaner future, creatively tackling food waste, and The Catch.
Breaking down an old Great Lakes freighter and feeding a giant freighter’s crew.
Climate change impacts maple syrup and a Toronto company’s push toward renewable power.
Citizen scientists chart the night sky, measure the health of a river and The Catch.
Ice climbing in northern Michigan and a controversial wind energy project on Lake Erie.
A high-tech solution for sewage and recovering WWII aircraft from Lake Michigan.
Waves of Change is an online interview series highlighting the diverse faces and perspectives shaping the environmental justice movement throughout the Great Lakes region.
More anglers are targeting muskie and spending more on the pursuit. Fish populations are thriving in most Great Lakes states due to a combination of factors.
The Biden administration announced that states will share $5.8 billion in federal funds for water infrastructure projects around the country.
Michigan is tackling implementation of a law that approves large renewable projects, and they’re hoping public input will guide the process.
The Great Lakes Now Series is produced by Rob Green and Sandra Svoboda.