Lick the Plate on 93.9 The River Celebrates Great Lakes Surfing & Food with Ella and Beryl Skrocki from Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak

Ella and Beryl Skrocki with surfboards shaped for the Great Lakes at their Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak store (PRNewsfoto/Lick the Plate)

EMPIRE, Mich.  — Lick the Plate on 93.9 The River where the DetroitWindsor, and Michigan culinary and foodie communities tell their stories, is celebrating the freshwater surfing scene and the food that fuels it on its 5 episodes airing the week of October 30, 2017. Lick the Plate host David Boylan honed his early surfing skills on the Great Lakes, primarily in Grand Haven and other spots along the west coast of Michigan.  His connection to Empire, Michigan through a sibling in the area led to meeting Ella and Beryl Skrocki, of the family owned and operated, Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak. The Skrocki family has been leaders in the Great Lakes surfing scene since 2004 as retailers of boards, wetsuits and all surf and paddle related accessories. They also spread their stoke for surf and the freshwater through rentals, lessons and camps. Ella has surfed all over the Great Lakes, including a stint in Lake Superior and has been featured on the cover of Traverse Magazine. Ella is also a contributor to Great Lakes Surfer’s Journal.

The correlation of surfing and the appetite it builds, along with October and November being prime surfing months on the Great Lakes inspired Boylan to feature Ella and Beryl on Lick the Plate. “It was such a treat for me to come across these two women who are so immersed in the freshwater surfing world,” said Boylan. He added, “Ella totally walks the talk when it comes to knowing the weather patterns that create waves, then hitting the road to ride those waves, unless they happen to be in her own Empire backyard. She also has some killer selections for after surf-spots to quell that surfing appetite. Both Ella and Beryl also had some great picks and stories for the music episode which added to the fun of this interview.”

Beryl and Ella Skrocki recording their Lick the Plate on 93.9 The River show at Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak (PRNewsfoto/Lick the Plate)

When she’s not surfing the lakes, Ella helps run Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak and added, “When David approached us about this it sounded like a hoot, and made perfect sense, as surfing, food and music are such integral parts of our lives. A good surf session begins with fuel through great music and good food, and ends with a momentous, well-deserved meal. We love that he was able to combine them on Lick the Plate and it was so fun sharing our story.”

Lick the Plate on 93.9 The River airs Monday – Friday during the first commercial break at 7pm and 10pm and can also be found on The River website in podcast format at

Lick the Plate also airs on 93.9 The River in Detroit and in Traverse City KSONSunny 98.1FM94/9 in San DiegoEdible San Diego and The Coast News in Encinitas, California.

About Lick the Plate

Lick the Plate has interviewed over 700 chefs, restaurateurs, growers, brewers and culinary personalities over the past 10 years as a column in the Coast News in Encinitas, Californiaand in Edible San Diego.  It’s on-air and podcast presence began on 102.1 KPRI in San Diego in 2011, then in 2014 moved to the Entercom group of stations in San Diego that include KSON, FM94/9 and Sunny 98.1 where it still resides.  In 2015 it expanded to 93.9 The River in Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario and recently joined, a part of MyNorth Media in Traverse City, Michigan.  Its unique format allows the radio audience to really get to know the culinary talent behind their favorite restaurants. Besides their culinary background and experience, guests share the road to their current position, music memories and dream concert lineup, where they eat and drink around town, and an in-depth look at their current menu. The original format has proven to be very popular with both the culinary community and their foodie audience.  More at

About The River

93.9 The River—CIDR-FM is an adult alternative radio station located in Windsor, Ontario. With 100,000 watts of power, the signal is able to reach southeast Michigan and northern Ohio.  In 2016, The River joined the iHeartRadio family of stations. The River plays a unique blend of new, classic and retro alternative hits alongside special programming such as “Lick The Plate.”

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