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.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Owasippe Trail Run

I am updating this blog with a old video, but it's been too long since I contributed any content.  I will try to be better about updating with fun adventures.  I recently found some old SAMA posters from when our shirts were for sale.  We need to do another fun of stickers at the very least!  It's been too long!  Thanks for continuing to follow along our adventures.  Since the last update we took a major road trip to Alaska in our truck camper.  I forgot my GoPro ( I know, how could I, right).  But, we have a lot of still photos I will try to put together.  We've of course been continuing our Self Absorbed Michigan Adventures!  SAMA.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fat Biking with Baloo from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

I contemplated for many months the purchase of a fat bike, after getting the bike I couldn't be happier!  The Specialized Fat Boy SE has allowed me to ride from the house more times in the past month than I rode my mountain in the past two years!  It's definitely harder to generate speed with the big tire and all the resistance, but most of us buy bikes for exercise in the first place.  So having my legs work harder is just part of the benefit.  The best part about fat biking in Grand Haven is it enables you to ride areas that you can't ride on any other bike.  An added bonus in lean snow years is they perform well on the light crusty snow that makes nordic skiing a real pain.  Plus, when I just want to relax, Baloo loves to pull me around town.  Not saying a fat bike is for everyone, but for me its gotten me back into mountain biking.  The fat bike is truly a year round toy, and you don't need to jump in the car and drive 20 minutes just do a mountain bike loop. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Lake Huron Love

Surfer magazine found this Brian Tanis shot worthy of reposting on their Facebook page.  I missed this one, but know the guys that didn't miss it.  Much love from Lake Huron.  Set up look pretty all time to me!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Skeetown Session Aug. 2nd 2015

Kitesurf Skeetown 2015 from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

The storm of Aug. 2nd 2015 will long be remembered up north.  We just had a chance to drive through there this weekend and saw all the trees down.  Down here we didn't have near the damage but still has some amazing wind and waves.  Here is a little video from our session at North Muskegon before the wind got really crazy.  Here's to the start of the warm water and wave season!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Leelanau Excursion

SUP Northport July 2015 from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

Anna and I had some fun roaming around the Leelanau Peninsula this past week.  It was fun exploring new places right here at home in the lower peninsula.  This little edit is from a SUP session right at the Northport pier.  

Friday, May 1, 2015

Skijoring with Baloo at Hofma Park - March 2015

Hofma Skijor 2015 from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

Looking back on this day now that the sun is high in the sky and the weather is perfect for kiting. I am excited and reminiscent of all the great activities to do outdoors in Michigan!  I will enjoy the kiting and surfing seasons.  The beautiful spring, summer, and fall.  But, I will be super excited to get Baloo out for her first full year of skijoring and dogsledding when the snow graces our landscape once again!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Grand Haven Life

Grand Haven Life from Ben Braymer on Vimeo.

It's been a long time since I have posted a video.  I will be attempting to post more here in the future and get back into the blogging world.  Here's a little short of some random activities this past year!

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.