Skip to main content

Watch: Florida pro surfer rides 15-foot wave on frigid Lake Superior during winter storm

A winter storm brought some of the largest waves in years to the North Shore.

The waves on Lake Superior on Jan. 5 were some of the biggest in years, and dedicated surfers took advantage.

That includes pro surfer Ben Gravy.

Gravy, from Florida, was up on the North Shore with his board Wednesday, and managed to catch a 15-foot wave on Lake Superior. 515 Productions shared video of his impressive efforts.

Gravy, on Instagram, called it the "swell of the century in Minnesota."

The winter storm led to a gale warning that day, with waves crashing over the iconic Canal Park lighthouse, backdropped by a gray, stormy sky.

You can see more photos and videos from the great lake here.

The video of Gravy will be used in a documentary expected to release on Feb. 19. The film will focus on the "massive force of nature" that is Lake Superior, and the people who embrace it. 

515 Productions calls the lake "a precious resource that should never be taken for granted." A premiere will be held on release day in Duluth, with proceeds from ticket sales going to the Large Lakes Observatory at UMD. Details will be shared on this page.

Here's the trailer:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 9.58.36 PM

Eric Perkins, Miss Minnesota, Paul Fletcher create new podcast

The podcast is released Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and is available wherever you find podcasts.

Mock aircraft cabin.

MSP Airport debuts mock aircraft to help ease flying anxiety

The pre-flight experiences cover the TSA screening procedure, exploring a terminal, boarding a plane and meeting a pilot, and preparing for takeoff.

Scripps National Spelling Bee

These Minnesota kids will be competing at National Spelling Bee

The upcoming event in Maryland will be the first fully in-person Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2019.

covid, kids

New data shows how omicron has impacted kids in Minnesota

The new data shows breakthrough data during the omicron period, which began Dec. 19, 2021.

Javen Juan Moreno

Albert Lea shooting suspect arrested after 3 weeks on the run

He is accused of shooting a man in the upper thigh on May 1.


Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve

The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.

state capitol Minnesota

Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?

A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.

water drain

Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park

The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.

Eli Hart

Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother

The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.

dave lee wcco radio

Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts

His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.

Tow Boat

Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

unsplash school bus

Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal

Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.


grand marais harbor cam

Gales of November: Giant waves on Lake Superior flood Grand Marais

Enormous waves hammered Minnesota's North Shore on Thursday, from Grand Portage to Duluth.

duluth harbor cam

Videos: Winter storm creates massive waves on Lake Superior

Surfers even took to the icy waters on Wednesday.

Surfers enjoying the winter waves on Lake Superior

A group of brave surfers were spotted hitting the waves on Lake Superior Friday. WDIO in Duluth reports the air temperature was near single digits, but the Great Lake was in the mid-30s. One of the surfers says he's been catching the waves for the past 15 years.

Watch: Dangerous waves crash along the North Shore

Winter Storm Xanto is pounding the Duluth area with huge waves.