Next time you are stood looking at the waves and thinking about mugging it off because it is cold, the waves aren’t brilliant or your wetsuit is damp, take a moment to think about a group of surfers who surf in the fresh water of The Great Lakes of Canada and who live by 2 mottos – There are no bad days and On days like these, we HAVE to surf. This simple philosophy is embraced by Larry Cavero , a man who is at the heart of the surf scene in the area and without doubt is the biggest frother of all!
Larry spent his early life in Peru and it was whilst living here he caught the surfing bug. After moving to Canada to raise a family, Larry was desperate to get his wave fix and soon became an integral part of the local surf scene. When waves are breaking on The Great Lakes the conditions are almost certainly grim and the dedicated local crew are often surfing in 10ºC water, and combined with a fearsome windchill it is not uncommon for the surfers to leave the water with icicles hanging from their faces!
The enthusiasm and dedication of the Toronto surfers has been captured in a short documentary from Jake Kovnat and the underlying message is that no matter what conditions are like or how cold it may be, if there are waves then you should be making the most of every minute. You can see the 8 minute film below this article and with winter well and truly on its way, hopefully it will inspire you to get wet at every opportunity in the next few months, no matter how cold your wet wetsuit may be!