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.

Friday, June 26, 2009

International Surfing Day

Well, I didn't make the International Surfing Day event in Holland Michigan this year, but we did do some representing in Newcastle England. There was a nice little forecast for this day on the North Sea. However, the North Sea turns out to be as fickle as our good old Great Lakes and we stood on the beach watching some cute little 1 footers roll in. The forecast called for 3.5 feet, but as you can see that didn't happen. Oh well, my first skunking on European soil. I now have first hand knowledge that the North Sea is burning cold year round, so no need in bringing your light weight wetsuit, next time we will score for sure! I hope everyone back home had a good International Surfing Day event. I will be home July 2nd and looking forward to getting back in the water with everyone.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Austria and England


Here are a couple highlight pics from Europe 2009. Anna and I had an amazing wedding in the castle here in Austria. Our families were made for each other! Great times that will be etched into my memory forever. Then Aaron, Lesa, Anna, and I headed to Newcastle England to meet up with Daniel. We had a blast there as well, biking, seeing castles and hunting for surf on the North Sea. I hear it is getting hot back home, so I am stoked to once again land back in the GH in time for some hot summer action! We miss all of you, and can't wait to hang again soon.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Soularc crew living it up SAMA style!

I thought I'd drop you dudes a link to Chet and Ric, our SoulArc riders, blog of their USA tour. These guys are living the SAMA lifestyle to the max. They both quit their job at a wood shop, left their girl friends behind, and are now on a mission showing SoulArc boards all over the West Coast for us. The mission in not only to sell boards and get the SoulArc name out there, but to maximize the adventure along the way. They've been living off the land in their hammock's in local city parks, riding skate parks, bombing down mountains, climbing, surfing, petting animals, and ton's of other crazy SAMA style adventurism. Check out some of their weekly Soularc Vids and Blog Journal they're creating along the way.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


The news is in!!!

It's what we all have waited nearly a year for because there is no substitute for the Big "O". Effective immediately, Owasippe is open for your suffering pleasure. Now be clear that Matt VanderSys and Endurance Adventures, LLC has been the one fighting in the trenches and paying the big bucks to get you back out there. The new terms will be announced in detail soon and they are a winning situation for all trail users. For now, you must pay Al at the maintenance garage located south of the parking lot/trail head. The cost is now $6 p/day and $60 p/year (fiscal year is June1 to June1) for an individual trail user. Matt is still negotiating a family rate. The Camp still closes on June 15th - August 15th. Matt has reported to me that the trails are well-rested and in great shape with the expected, occasional downed tree. Unfortunately the hills have not gotten smaller! We will plan a trail day soon after the Scouts leave in August. Sign up through me at

It must be clear that nobody rides for free. It's not the Boy Scouts that you cheat but local people who have worked very hard so you can play there once again.

This is West Michigan singletrack at its best. Enjoy!!