Surfrider Northern Michigan

Volunteer Coordinator

Drew YoungeDyke-

Hometown: Central Lake, Michigan. I grew up just a couple miles from Lake Michigan and was a beach bum in the summer but it never occurred to me to surf it until I was almost 40.
Motivation to join Surfrider: I believe in supporting the resource I use for outdoor recreation. I hunt, and fish, so I’m a member of several nonprofit conservation organizations. So after I surfed for the first time in Hawaii in 2018, I joined Surfrider. After seeing how members came together to protect surfing in Michigan, I wanted to help reorganize a chapter here.
Day Job: I’m a Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center.
Hobbies: Fly-fishing and tying flies, cross-country skiing, surfing, trail running, camping & backpacking, canoeing, deer hunting, CrossFit; depends on the season and I’m constantly adding new ones, usually some form of outdoor recreation. And combining multiple outdoor hobbies together into fun hybrid adventures.
Favorite thing about Michigan: “Ohh, the water…” Paddling my local river, fly-fishing the inland lake at my family’s UP cottage, camping out and surfing on the Great Lakes, nordic skiing on it or tracking deer through it when it freezes in the sky and falls as snow.