Competitors catch a wave in Lake Ontario surfing contest
In this Nov. 17, 2009 file photo, Dan Spears enters the cold waves on Lake Ontario, while taking in the cool, sunny weather at Ashbridges Bay. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 7:34AM EST
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Cold, wintry winds whipped up big waves on Lake Ontario this weekend, making conditions ideal for surfing.
Competitors in high-tech wet suits gathered at the lakeshore in Rochester, N.Y., on Saturday for an event billed as the first surfing contest on Lake Ontario.
Josh Davy of Toronto told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that the nastier the weather, the better the waves.
Scoring was based on turns, how long the competitor stood on the board and other factors.
Organizers say there are surfing competitions on the other Great Lakes, and they want Rochester to become another stop on the region's growing surfing circuit.