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Book Details Brothers Who Put Sheboygan on Surfer Bucket  List


From hypothermia to "Hanging-Ten," a new book by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Some Like It Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest, tells the crazy, inspiring true story of Larry and Lee Williams, the maverick brothers who founded the "home beach" of freshwater surfing in Sheboygan, Wis., the Midwestern "Malibu." 

For these charismatic twins, life is a beach, even when that beach happens to be two thousand miles from an ocean. Despite sub-zero temperatures during Wisconsin's prime surfing season (the middle of winter!), these surfing daredevils have been risking frostbite since the late 1960s to ride Great Lakes waves.

This updated edition of William Povletich's book chronicles the brothers' journey to international surfing stardom. With humor and passion, Lee and Larry recall freak storms and near drownings, the endorphin rush of riding a raging Lake Michigan wave, and the wild, half century-long thrill of putting Sheboygan on the map as one of the world's most intriguing surfing destinations. This edition also includes a new chapter that brings their story up to the present.

Media: For review copies of this book, please contact Kristin Gilpatrick, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706; 608-264-6465; email:


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Some Like It Cold: Surfing the Malibu of the Midwest

Paperback: $16.95

224 pages, 46 b&w photos

ISBN: 978-0-87020-746-4


For retail and wholesale orders, contact: Chicago Distribution Center, Phone: (800) 621-2736 or Email: For individual orders: Order by phone toll free at (888) 999-1669, shop online at, or shop in person at the Wisconsin Historical Museum store, 30 N. Carroll St., Madison Wis. 53703.


An e-book edition of "Some Like It Cold" is also available.

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