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In this episode, Derik Hyatt chats with Bob “Aqua Doc” Beaton. Bob Beaton is a surfer dude. It’s what gets him out of bed each morning; it’s what he dreams about at night. Put a southwest wind on the weather forecast for Grand Haven and it’s a safe bet the “Aquadoc” will be at the South Pier rock pile chasing down the waves with surfers more than half his age. Beaton started surfing in 1962 when beach-themed movies romanticized the sport with scenes of bronzed athletes catching every wave, bikini-clad women basking in the sun, and all-night parties on the beach. Beaton routinely plans his day around the wind and waves. While drinking his first cup of coffee each morning, he boots up his computer. His home page is set to the live beach camera at Grand Haven. He chaired the Grand Haven Pier Safety Task force from 1988-1996, an organization formed after several pier deaths in 1980. Others have admired the surfer for the dramatic rescue he made on Nov. 10, 1975, the same night the Edmund Fitzgerald went down. That night, Beaton saved a boy from drowning in 14-foot surf off Grand Haven, for which he was later awarded a Congressional Lifesaving Medal. In the 2003 surfing documentary “Step Into Liquid,” Beaton is featured in a segment dedicated to Great Lakes surfing. He owns a small retail business that he closes when the surf’s up. His dedication to surfing remains true. And although no longer in his athletic prime, put Beaton on a surfboard and he rides with the enthusiasm of a kid. If it weren’t for people like Doc, people might not even know you can surf on Lake Michigan.
This episode was recorded on March 17, 2021 and may contain coarse language that could be deemed offensive. Listener discretion is advised.
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We acknowledge that this podcast is recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), and the Anishinabek; including Ojibway (Ojibwe) First Nations: Chippewas of Nawash and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation forming the Chippewas of Saugeen Ojibway Territory who we recognize as the traditional keepers of this land. As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island and from around the world, who have stewarded these lands and sacred surf spots for thousands of years.
Mark Malibu & The Wasagas for providing our intro music “Hey Chiwawa” off their 2009 album Crash Monster Beach and our outro music “End of Summer” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas. For more information, visit www.wasagas.com and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.
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