Minus-13 Degrees. Minnesotans Go Surfing On Lake Superior

Proving that Minnesotans rank among the hardiest of winter warriors, this video from last weekend shows a group of surfers braving below-zero temps to ride big waves on Lake Superior.

The video, “Year End Swell” by Erik Wilkie and Hunter Rumfelt, was shot at Stoney Point, a popular break north of Duluth, Minn., that surfers hit all year ‘round. (I profiled wintertime surfers on Lake Superior in a 2009 story for the New York Times.)

It was minus-13 degrees F last weekend at Stoney Point. Big winds cranked the chill factor to -30F or lower, some estimates cite. The group wore thick wetsuits and surfed for hours between warm-ups in idling cars. Noted one of the surfers featured in the video here, “the water felt super warm by comparison at 38 degrees F.”

—Stephen Regenold


Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.