People always ask what SAMA means. It started as kind of a joke. It was a sleeting, snowy day in early December. My friend and I were surfing a swell in Grand Haven. I looked over at him knowing we were supposed to both be at pre-Christmas family functions soon, and said "We are like Self Absorbed Michigan Adventurers." That kind of stuck, and like many of our friends we have a common passion for outdoor sports in Michigan, and we go out in any weather to get our sessions. He replied "Ya, SAMA!"

So it was born, the SAMA logo was fashioned by another like minded surfer friend from Grand Haven. SAMA is for all of you year round Michiganders and vacationers who know, love, and respect all the outdoor activities there are to do in Michigan. No matter the weather you will find us us out enjoying all the benefits of our unique freshwater paradise.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big Sky Montana and Nature's Kennel McMillian Michigan

It's been a long time since I last posted.  I guess my adventures have been shared more with Facebook these days as it seems that is the most common platform.  I digress, however, it's still nice to have a place to visit and write down my thoughts.  It has been one of the most amazing winters I can remember, and although many are ready for it to be over, I am still thinking fondly of all the great times we had during this frozen time of sliding and skidding around.  I can't wait for the next winter.  I hope this little late winter teaser puts you into a positive mindset, remember the snow in April is just as beautiful as the snow in December.  It all depends on your frame of mind.  Enjoy folks!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Marquette Mission and the Marquette Trail 50K Relay

We had a great time in the U.P. once again!  This video shows a few of the highlights of the trip.  We ran the Marquette Trail 50K Relay and came in fastest overall!  Beginner's luck I guess.  We are still waiting on the votes to come in for best dressed team and best baton.  Maybe we'll get a hat trick and pull down all three, although that would be a bit too greedy.  For now, we're just stoked to be the fastest.

Monday, April 15, 2013

SAMA Springtime Sessions

SAMA Springtime Session from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

Here's a little flat water session from Spring Break.  The usual suspects were in attendance.  Nice to get back out cruising again, and stoked for some bigger surf to slash again soon.  

Friday, March 22, 2013

Ice Boating on Muskegon Lake with the Whistler Ice Boat


While many Michiganders are anxiously awaiting spring weather, a few hardcore ice boaters are reaping the benefits of the cold snowless weather. I was lucky enough to tag along last Saturday.  Look for more action this coming weekend with more cold snow less weather and great ice conditions.  Check out the recent update on   

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Marquette Backcountry Skis

I finally conjured up the duckets and pulled the trigger on some of these locally made and designed backcountry skis.  I have long cross country skied the dune trails around Grand Haven and fantasized about all the powder laiden fall lines through the backdune forest.  Dave Ollila's creation was born from the same exact problem, plenty of powder, steep tree laden fall lines, and a beauty of the winter forest that draws us back time and time again.  He put his ideas to the drawing board and created, what I believe is the perfect solution for those of us who want to access the local tree lines of anyone's home town; whether you live in Montana, or Michigan, we can't always get to the resort, and sometimes it's just a better feeling to earn your turns.  It keeps us healthy, a little more wealthy, and definitely the wiser.  I'll post my videos and reports soon.  But, if you're interested in checking these MBCS out, read up on Dave and his inventions at the link below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Adult Night @ Mulligan's Hollow in Grand Haven


I got a shiny new GoPro HD camera for Christmas, so I had to get out and play with it for a while.  I spent an hour at the Hollow the other night playing around on some rails and boxes.  Super fun, and with all this new snow I need to get back out there.  Winter finally returns!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Surfing the North

Photos from a surf session with familiar faces hours from home.
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Thanks for sharing Rick!  It was great to see you again, and glad to have some hometown people to run into in the north land  What a great weekend with friends from near and far.  We surfed a beautiful spot on Lake Huron the day before.  This day Shwa turned out to be a lot more fun than we thought it would be.  It must have been the warm air; it wasn't as big and blown out as we expected.  It had some wind on it, but the waves were peeling nicely along that limestone shelf.  Memorable weekend for sure!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rocktober in the Grand Haven!

This has been one of the most active surf weeks all year.  Solid waves all week, and it looks like the weekend is going to be filled with wind and waves as well!  I love this photo because is shows one our our local breaks from the surfers perspective that is very hard to capture in the lakes.  The gray skies in the background are the October signature of a great day filled with elevator drops and big bottom turns.

Surfer: Matt Smolenski
Photo Credit: Nick Vandersys

Friday, June 22, 2012

SAMA Hits the Shelves at Mackite in Grand Haven

It's official SAMA is now available in stores near you! Pick up your SAMA swag at the two Mackite locations.  The board sports center on the east side of town, and the downtown Grand Haven store.  Join the SAMA nation!

SAMA at Mackite from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Solstice Sessions

With the first day of summer upon us, and the wind blowing for days out of the south; the local crew was poised and ready to rally north for a few days of kiting and surfing.  Water temps were in the high 60's and with the air temps in the 80's it made for some amazing mid June Summer Solstice Sessions.  We headed to a buddies place in Onekama for a night, and then up to Frankfort for a long day of kiting, surfing, SUPing, and eventually finished off with a sunset session body surfing.    It's summer time and the livin's so fine!