Permastoked with Derik Hyatt

Great Lakes Sasquatch - Bigfoot Isn’t Real and You Can’t Surf on a Lake!?!?

December 21, 2020

#PERMASTOKED, Your #Canadian & #GreatLakes #Surf & #SUP Podcast, Episode 23: Great Lakes Sasquatch – Bigfoot Isn’t Real and You Can’t Surf on a Lake!?!?…Now Available Free for Streaming and Download on the Alexa AppiTunes / Apple Podcasts at,  DeezerPandoraPodbeanGoogle Podcasts at at RadioTuneIn or wherever you get your podcasts.  You can also Watch the Show on our YouTube Channel at  Be sure to Listen, Rate, Review and Share!

Thanks to depictions like the 1987 hit film, Harry and the Hendersons, we tend to limit sasquatch sightings to the dense rainforest of the Pacific Northwest.  But with over 27.8 million hectares of forest in and around the Great Lakes, could this not make for a perfect Bigfoot vacation destination?  In this episode, Derik Hyatt deviates from the topic of surfing to investigate whether or not sasquatch might be watching you surf at those heavily wooded surf spots on the Great Lakes.  We chat with Olin Fruetel of Great Lake Sasquatch about Great Lakes sightings, his own personal experiences, common threads across encounters, the trauma and recovery process of seeing a sasquatch, surfing sasquatch and sasquatch theories, including the idea that sasquatch are waiting for COVID-19 to destroy the human race so that they may roam more freely!?!?

Be sure to connect with Olin on Facebook at or @greatlakessasquatch and don’t forget to read CBC’s Sasquatch reports wanted: new group collecting sightings from Thunder Bay region at  This episode was recorded on December 9, 2020.  It is family friendly with minimal swearing, but no F-bombs.

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We acknowledge that this podcast is recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: the People of the Three Fires known as Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomie Nations and further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land.  As we live, work, surf and play, we say Mahalo to the MétisInuit 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, our outro music “End of Summer” and “Twelve Year Itch” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas.  For more information, visit and listen to them on Spotify or iTunes.

Sasquatch Surf Company for providing images of surfing sasquatch for this episode.  For any last-minute Christmas shopping, be sure to visit

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