Darius, catching a wave on the West Harbour side of the creek!
Darius, catching a wave on the West Harbour side of the creek!

So I decided to make the call last weekend to wrap up LOST Swimming for the season.  The waves were pretty crazy, but the weather was warm and the water was still warm too… but I had a hunch that would likely be it.  Boy, was I right.

Surfs up!
Surfs up… thanks to Hurricane Joachim!

Hurricane Joachim hit Oakville this week.  I’m sure the US east coast got it much worse, but it is so strong we were feeling it here too!

Darius, down from Guelph to catch a ride at LOST Beach!
Darius, down from Guelph to catch a ride at LOST Beach!

I went for a run down to the LOST Beach and across the creek to the West Harbour side too, on Saturday.  HUGE waves… I even saw someone out there surfing!  I thought it was Darren so I waited until he came in, but when he came in I realized it wasn’t him… it was a guy name Darius… who came all the way from Guelph to surf here!  He was telling me that the Scarborough Bluffs and Ashbridges Bay were the best places to surf on Lake O… but that this was awesome too!

Crashing over the Pier!
Crashing over the Pier!

Funny thing is… it got even rougher on Sunday!  LOSTie, Steve Ellis, got this shot on Sunday… wow!  Biggest waves I’ve ever seen on Lake O!

But it does make me want to learn how to surf!




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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!


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