and Ice Surfing
have been ice surfing since the late
1800s, but it took until 1991 for Canadian
inventor Charles Chepregi to give us the Snowfer
(a combination snowboard and windsurfer).
While Chepregi wasn't the first to adapt a
windsurfer for the ice,
his design is one of the best.
For some reason, Lake Simcoe (which often freezes by mid-November) has
become the spot
for this sport. (Lake Simcoe will host the
fifth annual North American Snowfer Sailing Championship from February
12 to 14.) Snow/Ice-surfing debutant(e)s can usually
set themselves on a straight line after just one lesson. Lesson two: Slaloming
around the ice fishermen.
TO GET THERE: From Toronto, north on Hwy. 404, 48 or 12.
CONTACT: Snowfer, (416) 226-1764