Camp on the Beach at the First Annual Great Lakes Surf Festival

The Great Lakes Surf Festival is happy to announce the addition of beach tent camping and RV camping, just a few steps from Lake Michigan. Camping and event registration can be purchased directly on the event website. As part of a person’s $30 event registration pass, the event will offer over 50 activities including free surfing lessons, SUP lessons, kayak lessons, yoga, and numerous other beach and surf related activities. All of these activities can be viewed on the schedule of events page on the event’s main website located at

More about the Great Lakes Surf Festival

Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach will take center stage next August as it welcomes the first annual Great Lakes Surf Festival. The festival will be the first of its kind in the Great Lakes and is expected to draw thousands of Surfers, Boardheads, Artists, and Yogis. The event is the brain child of Michigan resident Joe Bidawid. Bidawid is one of the most influential and recognizable Great Lakes Water athletes.  An accomplished waterman, Bidawid is a well-respected and accomplished Great Lakes surfer. The event is intended to provide a fun and activity filled day for water enthusiasts of all abilities. The festival will provide the perfect place and opportunity for the novice to access numerous workshops, free lessons, and product demos. Muskegon’s Pere Marquette Beach was chosen for its central location and since it is already home to a large surfing community.

Regional retail shops are expected to participate as is a throng of major industry surf brands. Registered participants will be eligible for free product raffles, including a variety of boards, clothing, and a variety of sports related accessories. The main prizes will be a new Naish Paddleboard and a new surfboard that is signed by 11-time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater.

“Imagine a late summer day on an amazing beach, doing what you love and surrounded by so many people from all over the Great Lakes,  who share the same passion. That is our goal” Says Bidawid.

Riders and visitors are encouraged to register at

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