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Surf's Up on Chicago Beaches?

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on May 14, 2009 2:00PM

2009_05_14_surfing.jpg Here's betting we're not the first nor last with that headline, but either way, surfing could be coming to five Chicago beaches soon, so sayeth the Sun-Times. A group of surfers has finally gotten their way and the Chicago Park District may just oblige them by opening up to five city beaches for the purposes of surfing.

Under review for offseason (Labor Day until Memorial Day) surfing are the Kathy Osterman, Montrose Avenue, 57th Street and Rainbow beaches; the Park District is also exploring the possibility of opening up the 41st Street Beach for year-round surfing.

Vince Deur, founder of the Lake Michigan chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and major proponent of Chicago surfing, said, "Now that we have a toe in the water, so to speak, we want to do it right and keep a good thing going. Surfing is not a crime." No, but those skin-tight wetsuits sure are. Hey-O!