|Hawaiian Keenan Kamalani Kamae is a Lake Michigan bodyboarder! Photo: Will Wall|
Most people don't know this, but the state of Michigan which is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes (Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior) has more shoreline than any other state on the US Mainland. Out of all 50 states, only Alaska has more coastline.
Here are a few more interesting facts about the state of Michigan:
- Lake Michigan seperates the upper and lower peninsulas of the 26th state, making Michigan unlike any other. To travel from one peninsula to the other, ferries were used to carry people back and forth. In 1957, the Mackinac Bridge (affectionately known as "Big Mac") was constructed, connecting the two peninsulas and making the journey safer and more convenient. At 26,372 feet long, the Mackinac Bridge is the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world.
- The state of Michigan has more registered boats and lighthouses than any other state.
- Michigan was first explored by the French. It became a US territory in 1783. Michigan was granted statehood on January 26th, 1837.
|Keenan Kamalani Kamae looking a little frosty after another Great Lakes Session.|
BODYBOARDING LAKE MICHIGAN
BODYBOARDING 101: I've heard that the buoyancy of fresh water is different from that of salt water. What's that like?
KEENAN: Absolutely true. We lose 11% buoyancy right away, very noticeable difference when I'm back home floating in the ocean.
BODYBOARDING 101: Do you use bigger/ thicker boards to compensate for the reduced bouyancy?
KEENAN: Yes, most surfers will ride bigger, wider, thicker surfboards with more volume to compensate for loss of buoyancy.
|Keenan and his Triad Cornerstone board.|
BODYBOARDING 101: I was curious, how did you get a board from Triad Bodyboards to use on The Great Lakes?
KEENAN: Todd (Martin, aka Beeg Todd) hooked me up with this Triad Cornerstone, which he said is better for cold water. Plenty aloha, that Beeg Todd!
|Keenan and Beeg Todd cruisin' Great Lakes zones.|
BODYBOARDING 101: Thanks, Keenan!
KEENAN: Mahalo, Steve! The stoke is alive and well here on Lake Michigan!
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#GreatLakesBodyboarder #LakeSurfAloha #LakeSurfOhana
|Keenan climbing a wall of ice to get back to his car after a session on The Great Lakes.|
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