Profile • Aurélien Bouché-Pillon
Aloha from the Great Lakes
Aurélien looking for a set • Photo credit: Optic Sky •
The Great Lakes have changed my perspective on surfing, on life, and on what is possible in life. I have began appreciating surfing and waves regardless of size and quality, and I have never complained about the weather.
To me, there is no such thing as a day that is too cold or rainy, and there is no such thing as a wave that is too small. Every day and every wave is a gift!
After 10 years, I went from not knowing the possibility of surfing to explore the Great Lakes of the USA and Canada. Now, I am not thinking it is too cold to brave big snow and ice storms at minus 30 degrees. I just enjoy every ride. Nothing is more spiritual than being alone with mother nature and surfing where surfing does not bellowed.
Aurélien on a wave • Photo credit: Optic Sky •
Surfing the Great Lakes became my piece of art. Of course, I am not the only one and the first one who surfs there. But I am the only one in my area, and the first one in many of the spots I traveled to. I believe our surfing community is the most stoked and hard core on the planet. Surfing the icy and stormy lakes is just what we do.
The conditions are very rewarding. It is like everything else. It is about being at the right time at the right place. You get usually the compensation for hard work, perseverance and failures. This translates to exploring hundreds of miles and not finding a decent wave.
But, when you find what you are looking for, it is a magical moment. May you keep exploring and never let life, the cold or others tell you that you can not surf a lake. Life is like an ocean or a hungry lake for the ones who dare to brave it.
Aurélien surfing the Great Lakes • Photo • Courtesy of Aurélien Bouché-Pillon
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Courtesy of Aurélien Bouché-Pillon • Photo credit: Optic Sky •