N, NE at Sliver is absolute heaven.
I haven't been down to MI city yet on a big Westerly and from what I've been told it can get really heavy, however the wave at Silver is one of the cleanest, reforming, powerful waves I've ridden on Lake MI. Sort of like a mini San Carlos down near the chili bowl. On LARGE days you can pick up a wave at the pierhead and ride it all the way down and past the outpost if your legs can take the burn. I'd say that may be a quater mile? That's alot of turns to make and sections to hit.
During the last day of a KOGL when it was light up north I recomended that riders come down to Silver for some wave action. Damien Leroy and Jon Modica came down on there way home and scored a great day. It was meduim sized and wind was just filling into the inside.
When those guys got out of the car, Jon's jaw dropped and he instantly ran for his surfboard and 12m....then he just killed it out there. Afterword he said that he was surprised that lake MI could produce such a nice wave.
I would like to see what they thought if they came out on a big day.
I've had some of the best kite and windsurf sessions down at Silver. If you like riding down the line, Silver can be downright magical. It just lines up down there.
Anderson is correct in stating that it can get light on the inside where the nuggets are when it's NE, but once she gets a touch of north and it fills in it gets really good.
Silver IS NOT a place to learn waveriding. You need to have everything dialed in and be able to perform without hesitation. It is an advanced spot due to the many breakwalls, lack of beach, rocks, there is no safe bail out for a long ways downwind, you have to be fully comitted and concentrate and know when to cut out. The next option for a bail out is a ways down the coast at the next park.
DO respect and give a wide berth to the surfers. They only hang out at the outpost where it's really crankin, but for us kiters we can pick the nuggetsa little furthur outside and everyone gets their share.
Wow....now I'm ready for a Silver session.
I will be taking off vert on a Shiner bock Brokite 130 to smash the lip at every oportunity to do so.