“A Yooper is someone from the U.P.—someone who lives above the Mackinac bridge,” explains Daniel Schetter AKA Surfer Dan. The five-mile long Mackinac Bridge separates Michigan’s Lower Peninsula from the Upper Peninsula. Those who call the U.P. home are a hardy bunch who live close to the land, no matter how gnarly the weather. If all Yoopers are rugged, Surfer Dan may just be their mascot. People in the U.P. know how to take care of themselves, but they also know how to take care of each other. And that sense of community is what Dan loves most about being a Yooper. Even more than he loves the waves.