Some Like It Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest

By William Povletich

Paperback: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-87020-746-4

224 pages 46 b&w photos An e-book version is available.


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"If everybody had a Great Lake, across the USA, then everybody'd be surfin', like those guys in Wisconsin. Brats and babes. Rolling out the barrel and shooting the curl. Read all about fifty years of surfing the Great Lakes in Bill Povletich’s brrrrrrrilliant, Gidget-goes-Sheboygan book: Some Like It Cold." —Ben Marcus, former editor of Surfer Magazine & author of The Surfing Handbook

For charismatic twin brothers Lee and Larry Williams, life is a beach - even if that beach happens to be two thousand miles from an ocean. Despite sub-zero temperatures, these daredevils have been risking frostbite and hypothermia since the late 1960s, all in pursuit of the perfect wave on the shores of their hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the "Malibu of the Midwest."

From hypothermia to Hanging-Ten, the new Wisconsin Historical Society Press edition of William Povletich's sports history book  Some Like It Cold tells the crazy, inspiring true story of surfing in the Midwest and the maverick brothers who founded the "home beach" of freshwater surfing.

Povletich chronicles their journey to international surfing stardom. With humor and passion, Lee and Larry recall freak storms and near drownings, the endorphin rush of riding a raging Lake Michigan wave, and the wild, six-decades-long thrill of helping to put Sheboygan on the map as one of the world's most intriguing surfing destinations. This updated edition includes a new chapter that brings their story up to the present.

William Povletich is also the author of the Society Press's Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Traditions, and Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak.

William Povletich is the author of Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition, and Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak as well as numerous magazine articles on sports and entertainment. The Emmy Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker is the producer of E!s Botched and the Food Networks Trishas Southern Kitchen