What's the difference between November surfing in Maui and November surfing in Lake Michigan? I'm guessing attendance.

It's probably really crowded at this time of year on Maui's Big Wave Beach, with bikinis and surfboards as far as the eye can see.

However, if you're an Illinois-based surfing enthusiast, you can probably count your fellow board-riders on one hand.

Or one finger, if you were out on Lake Michigan yesterday.

Record cold, combined with several inches of snow, apparently short-circuits some people's brains. Or...other things.