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Surfing in Edgewater Park Beach, Cleveland, Ohio USA

Wind direction distribution:
NE,NNE,NNW,NW,WNW,W,WSW,SW,SSW,S,SSE
Average air temperature:
12 ºC/53.60 ºF
Average air force:
10 knots/18.5 kph
Elevation:
538 ft/157 m
Type:
Lake
Cleveland is the most populous city in the state of Ohio and the county seat of Cuyahoga County, United States of America. It is located in the northeastern Ohio, right on the southern shore of Lake Erie, only 60 mi/97 km west of the Pennsylvania border.

Is it possible to surf in Cleveland? It is inside Edgewater Park, at the awesome beach of Lake Erie, Edgewater Park Beach. The shore in winter is almost secluded with a few surfers ready to have 2 in/5 cm icicles clinging to their 5/3 wetsuits, due to overpowering wind and stinging hail.

In December, the ice is gathering in the lake’s small coves and the temperature dives to 20°F/-6.6°C, leaving the lake perfect for adventurous surfers. Generally, waves are regional classic that sometimes break, allowing all kind of surfers to enjoy a nice session. The wave type is point break with hollow power, creating both right and left hand directions and the bottom is sandy with rocks.

In normal days, the wave length is normal, 50 to 150 ft/15.2 to 45.7 m and in good days it can reach up to 150 to 300 ft/45.7 to 91.4 m long. The best swell direction comes from north, northwest, west, east and northeast with a size that starts working at 3 – 5 ft/1 – 1.5 m and reaches up to 12+ ft/4+ m, allowing all tides.

The best wind direction comes from north, northwest, west, east and northeast. At the lake, you will find a lot of man-made sand, which can be fast and hard. You should watch out for driftwood, rips/undertow, rocks and pollution. The area is also shark protected.

A 5/3 wetsuit is recommended most of the time, booties, bonnet and vaseline for the face will also help a lot. When it breaks big, this spot is as good as anywhere else. Imagine being in Cleveland and a waterman on an inland sea, so take advantage of this place and that is Lake Erie!!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Akron
44.4 mi/71.5 km, 45 mins
Head east on W Bowery St toward S Main St. Turn right onto W State St. Turn left onto Rand St. Take the Ohio 59 W ramp on the left to Interstate 76 W/Interstate 77 N. Merge onto OH-59 W. Take the exit onto I-76 W. Keep left to continue on I-77 N. Take exit 163 on the left for I-90 E toward E 9th St. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-90 E/Erie Pa and merge onto I-90 E. Take exit 174B to merge onto OH-2 W toward Lakewood. Continue onto OH-2 W/US-20 W.
BY CAR FROM Elyria
27 mi/43.5 km, 35 mins
Head west on Tremont St toward West Ave. Turn right onto West Ave. Continue onto Lake Ave. Turn right onto Lorain Blvd. Merge onto I-90 E/OH-2 E via the ramp to Cleveland. Continue to follow I-90 E. Take exit 167 for West Blvd toward Ohio 10/Lorain Ave. Turn left onto West Blvd. Keep right to stay on West Blvd. Turn right onto Detroit Ave. Take the 1st left onto West Blvd. Turn right onto Detroit Ave. Take the 1st left onto West Blvd. Take the 2nd right onto Baltic Rd. Turn right onto US-20 E/Clifton Blvd. Continue to follow US-20 E. Take the exit toward Edgewater Park/Whiskey Island. Turn left toward US-20 W. Turn left to merge onto US-20 W.
BY AIR
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport,
18.7 mi/30 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrak serves the entire US. So if you wish to travel by train, you can take it from anywhere in the US and abort in Cleveland, OH (CLE) station. From there you can either take a bus or rent a car.

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