About Us

The Great Lakes Surf Festival is the brainchild of Joe Bidawid, one of the most influential and highly accomplished Great Lakes Water athletes. Bidawid, a former professional windsurfer, is credited with pioneering both Kiteboarding and SUP on the Great Lakes and is also an accomplished surfer. He has been riding the Great Lakes for nearly thirty years and is a highly respected individual in the boardsports industry.

The Great Lakes Surf Festival is not a surfing contest and not just a surfing festival. It is a celebration of Great Lakes surf culture and is open to all types of boardsports disciplines that enjoy the surf. The Great Lakes surf culture has benefited from a long rich history of prior surf related events such as the revered Dairyland Surf Classic and the King of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes Surf Festival promises to build on this history and pave the way to a rising new generation of Great Lakes surf enthusiasts.

The goal of our festival is to bring people together and most of the water activities will focus on fun for all ages and a safe family atmosphere. 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. This is our goal.

Great Lakes Surf Festival is a Trademark of GLSF, LLC