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.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Northern Lake Huron


As most of you know, I spent a lot of the Summer traveling around Lake Huron for work. While working I found some great spots to kayak, free dive, camp, etc. on Northern Lake Huron, just east of the Straights (only about 5 hours from home). Here are a couple of shots.


I just had my best kiting session ever last night, cruised upwind, felt totally comfortable. Thanks go to Marlo for the much-needed pointers. No one got pics so here's a few shots of North Muskegon a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Port Austin

Hi! These shots were taken two years ago on Labor Day weekend back in Port Austin (where I come from) ... Huge rocks in the area...a few of us might be heading up there this weekend for a sama trip!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sunburned and Stoked

We Samainians,

It has been an epic few days. Surfing some of the best rockpile ever yesterday, Anna and I caught white street windless and knee high this morning for a few hours. Then kited for 3 hours at Pere Marquette in the afternoon. We finished it up with a salmon steaks on the grill. I guess fall is on its way, and I am pumped. I hope others got out and raged this weekend. Water in the 70's and beautiful sunshine, cant beat it...

Here are a couple of pics of me in Ensenda Mexico this summer. Stoked....

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Redneck Surfing

A few shots from the big night of THE GRINCH WINCH. I'll email more out later. What a fun time!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

SAMA Ski Show

We had a super SAMA Sunday behind the boat this past weekend. I have heaps of photos on our snapfish site and can email them out to those others bored at work today...
Let's do it again soon!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Third Coast Surf Luau

We should totally put a team together for the race. Ben we might need to sacrifice the Lake Michigan Swim to go represent in New Buffalo. What do you think?? The whole weekend sounds like fun!

Freediving Grand Haven

Hey crew, here are some photos from today. The water quality was nice at the south side GH pier. Most of these photos were taken in between the two lighthouses in about 15-20ft of water. After the freedive session I headed down the beach and kited for about an hour. Not a lot of wind close to shore, but nice wind about a mile out. I was by myself, so I didn't want to stay out there too long. If it died I would have had nice swim to get back. Anyway, beautiful day. I will be freediving again tomorrow if anyone is up for it. There is so much trash on the bottom along the pier so I am thinking about doing a little underwater beach cleanup. Anyone want to join me?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Lake Michigan crossing this weekend

Support our Brother Joe, details below !

I will be attempting my Lake Michigan Crossing this Sunday and Monday(August 12th and 13th) if weather permits. I wanted to extend my sincereappreciation for those of you that have suported this cause.For those of you that have not had the chance to visit the website, here isthe link:http://www.lakemichigancrossing.comFor those of you that have tried donating but have encountered technicaldifficulties, please donate via this link and email me back the amount youwish to donate (honor system) and I will add you to the list. will update everyone via email prior to my departure and during myattempt, a few live updates will be available on the website.With sincere appreciation for your support, Joe Bidawid

Monday, August 6, 2007

SAMA stickers are here!!

Well team, the dream of SAMA stickers destroying the beauty of Grand Haven is closer to reality today. I had 35 stickers die cut today and I will say they are pretty darn sweet! So, of course all f you have one with your name on it. Stick with pride, and let the world know, the SAMANATION is coming.....

Environmental Action


Kicking off my first post with some enviro links.

More to come !!

Cheers Marlow

bear lake tonight

hi! we're going out waterskiing/wakeboarding/surfing behind the boat etc etc tonight...if anyone wants to come we're going to leave probably around 5:30...616.990.3575 is my number or call brennon. brooke

Friday, August 3, 2007

August 20th sama soiree

Brennon is having a birthday on August 20th and I'm throwing a little get together to celebrate. Suprise Brennon. :) After work on August 20th around 5pm. I'd like to send invites to all the SAMA members, so please post your address or email me

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Other people are checking us out!

I thought I would google are little SAMA site and she popped right up. I also found some other people have been checking us out too. Here is the quote.


Never Loose Your Sweatshirt Again

I was browsing through some of our amazing shop partner blogs today and found SAMA, a group of outdoor enthusiasts from the Great Lakes region.

They just added a blog post about how they have added the custom text field to the back of the SAMA sweatshirt in their Spreadshirt shop.

I think this is one of the coolest features Spreadshirt has to offer. You can create the design and let you customers customize the text in the text field.

Custom text is especially great for organizations like SAMA and sports teams. When everyone has the same gear, it is east to loose your sweatshirt in the pile of sweatshirts next to the field. Now, it is easy to personalize your shirt.

Sure you can use your last name, I also like when people put their nicknames on the back of their shirts.

What is the funniest nickname you have seen on the back of a shirt?

Pretty cool I thought.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Baja Trip

Well Samainians, I am back in the GH once again. The Baja trip was killer. We surfed 2 to 3 sessions a day. I was super stoked to surf my buddies 7' 6"Walden Magic Model. That board is super fun and great for all kinds of waves. As you can see in the photos, the scene over the weekend was awesome. This place is called K58 which stands for 58 kilometers south of the boarder. Lots of Californians camping out for the weekend. Lots of peaks up and down the beach so plenty of waves for everyone. All around great time, minus the Montazuma's revenge I got from some carne asada tacos at a local stand. I am still feeling effects from that. So, we made sure to get the SAMA shirt in the photo. Lets see how many places we can get SAMA shirt photos taken in!