Permastoked with Derik Hyatt

Vince Deur: “Unsalted” - 15 Years Since the Perfect Wave at Stony Point

July 10, 2020

In this episode, Derik Hyatt chats with Great Lakes surfer and filmmaker, Vince Deur from his home in Grand Haven, Michigan as he reflects on his experience directing the 2005 56-minute film, “Unsalted: A Great Lakes Experience,” which follows Vince on a road trip around the 5 Great Lakes to meet and surf with other landlocked surfers.

The film begins with videotape footage Vince recorded in November 1990, when he nearly drowned while surfing Lake Superior near Whitefish Point.  Vince had been caught in a rip current for about an hour, trying futilely to swim to shore, before being suddenly released by the current. Back on dry land, he pledged on camera that he would one day make a film about surfing the Great Lakes.  Unsalted combines home movies of lake surfing going as far back as the 1960’s with contemporary footage culled from 150 hours of filming.

The documentary ends on January 22, 2005, when Vince and several pro-surfers from the Ocean Pacific surf team reached the tip of Lake Superior, 24 kilometers northeast of Duluth, Minnesota, in Stony Point, to encounter the "biggest, cleanest ... most ocean like wave" Vince had ever seen on a lake.  The film would go on to screen at film festivals on four continents, with Vince becoming a contact person for surfers around the world who wanted to experience surfing the Great Lakes.

You can connect with Vince on Twitter @vincedeur and watch his videos on Vimeo and his YouTube channelUnsalted: A Great Lakes Experience is available for purchase on Amazon.

This episode was recorded on May 29, 2020.  It is family friendly with minimal swearing, but no f-bombs.

We acknowledge that this episode was recorded on the unceded, ancestral and occupied traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples.  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. 

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Mark Malibu & The Wasagas for providing our intro music “Hey Chiwawa” from their 2009 album entitled Crash Monster Beach and our outro music “End of Summer” off their 2017 album Return of the Wasagas.  For more information, visit  Find them on iTunes or wherever you get your music.

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