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The Coolest Surfers in America

Diehard surfers emerge from the surf covered in ICICLES as they catch waves in the freezing water of Lake Superior.

When you have freezing temperatures and strong winds, most of us would refuse to dip into the icy waves of Minnesota. 

But some surfers say it's actually the perfect time to dip into the western tip of Lake Superior...that is unless the lake is entirely frozen over.

See there's a die-hard batch of icicle-dripping surfers that like to ride the waves of Lake Superior.  They brave below-freezing temperatures, and the beaches are covered in white ice and snow.

In northern Minnesota, the peak season for surfing is from January to March.  They say this time of year offers the most frequent and 'cleanest' surf.  They also say a winter storm makes it even better.

Just a few days ago, Duluth woke to temperatures of -15F.  Arctic air arrived, and this means stronger waves. 

On Friday the city of Duluth, just south of Stony Point, woke to temperatures around -15F (-26C) thanks to an arctic-blown chill with winds traveling up to 12mph.

When one surfer came out of the water, he had blunt icicles dripping from his hood and facial hair. 

Waves are occasionally 10-12ft in height.  But action can get as high as 30ft.

 

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