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Sandy's high waves bring out lake surfers

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) -- "Superstorm" Sandy is giving some west Michigan surfers a rare chance to "hang ten" on some big waves off the beach in Grand Haven.

"Salt free surfing," says surfer Tyler Moseley of Gull Lake. "I've surfed all over the oceans so it was nice to be able to surf at home."

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard measured waves 8-12 feet tall on Lake Michigan Tuesday afternoon.  Winds were gusting at over 50 miles per hour.  They were perfect conditions for some surfers to grab their boards, put on a wet suit and catch a wave.

"Yeah, that was my first thought," laughs Moseley.

The Coast Guard doesn't forbid surfing in the high waves, but it's not encouraged.

"It's a dangerous situation," says Petty Officer Dustin McClelland of Coast Guard Station Grand Haven. "There are strong currents and ever changing winds. But people do it anyway."

"There is a current out there," agrees Moseley. "But if you know how to use it, it actually works for you. Once you get the hang of it it's really not that dangerous."