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

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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.