Surfrider Northern Michigan

Vice Chair

Ella Skrocki- vicechair@northernmichigan.surfrider.org

Hometown: Empire, Michigan

Motivation to join Surfrider: Lake Michigan is my livelihood, my life blood, and my passion – these bodies of water are a vital part of who I am- so why wouldn’t I do everything in my power to look out for its health. Surfrider brings like-minded people together to create action, and a movement, and I’m stoked to be a part of it.

Day Job: I wear many hats in the family business, Sleeping Bear Surf. My parents, Frank & Beryl, started the business in 2004, as the first full service surf shop in the state, when I was just 8 years old. I have since grown into a role that has allowed me to teach, advocate for the lake, share my passion for the lake, and continue to nurture the community that my parents built. While we provide high quality gear to our community, our mission is founded on the desire to expand love for the lakes and therefore create stewards out of those who find joy within our Great Lakes playground.

Hobbies: I am a surfer through and through. My heart gets pumpin’ when the wind blows, all year long.No matter the mood of the lake, my favorite place to be is on the water. I prone paddle, SUP, kayak, sail. When not on the water I hike, bike, xc ski, and snowboard. And I try to do it all with my four legged companion, Lela.

Favorite thing about Michigan: The ability to do it all. And oftentimes, in the same day. No matter the season, or the weather, Michigan provides endless opportunities for adventure.