There’s snow on the ground, the lifts are turning and the surf is pumping! 

From now through March 31st, show us how you embrace the freeze by participating in the first ever “Bear the Elements” Challenge!

The Bear the Elements Challenge is all about taking on whatever the day throws at you. Whether that be snow, sunshine, wind, winter rain or a calm lake, take advantage of it in any way you can! The big challenge is: can you get on the snow and water in the same day?

How to Enter:


  1. Follow @sleepingbearsurfandkayak
  2. Post photos or video of you shredding surf and snow in the same day on Facebook or Instagram. 
  3. Tag @sleepingbearsurfandkayak and hashtag #beartheelements 
  4. H A V E    F U N ! 



Voting Criteria:

  • Creativity: how you merge your snow & water activities, how you portray your day.
  • Gnarliness: the more wild the weather, the greater you bear! 
  • Multitude: how many ways can you #beartheelements in one day?
    • Paddle or surf
    • Ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or sled
    • Skate, bike, or hike



SyrupTree Pow Surfboard 

Surffur Waterparka 

SBSK Swag 


Entries will be judged by Ella Skrocki, Mike King, Beth Price, Sean Mclain and Jake Therrien.

There will be three winners– first through third place.

Prizes will be dropped off in person or shipped dependent upon location.


The Great Lakes are a prime price to make this challenge possible, but this challenge is not exclusive to the midwest!

Are you or friends outside the Great Lakes up for the challenge too?