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Catching waves in the freezing waters of Lake Superior

 

Freezing temperatures and high winds would prompt few to call ‘surf’s up’ before barrelling into the icy waves of Minnesota.

But in Stony Point which dips into the western tip of Lake Superior, now’s said to be the perfect time – provided the lake isn’t entirely frozen over.

A die-hard batch of icicle-dripping surfers are seen riding Lake Superior’s winter waves this week while astonishingly braving below-freezing temperatures that accompany white ice and snow-padded beaches.

Frozen: Northwest winds produced 3-foot waves at Stony Point, Minnesota on Thursday bringing out winter surfers despite frigid temps that like this man, froze icicles to his beard and hood
 Northwest winds produced 3-foot waves at Stony Point, Minnesota on Thursday bringing out winter surfers despite frigid temps that like this man, froze icicles to his beard and hood

 

Diving in: The peak season for surfing Lake Superior is said to be now with January to March said to offer the most frequent and 'cleanest' surf
The peak season for surfing Lake Superior is said to be now with January to March said to offer the most frequent and ‘cleanest’ surf

 

Catching a wave: A man originally from California who called himself 'Hollywood' put in a two-hour surf session despite the icy wind which to him aided his surf
 A man originally from California who called himself ‘Hollywood’ put in a two-hour surf session despite the icy wind which to him aided his surf

Suited up: Those who braved the frozen waves did their best to stay warm by moving, though their specially designed wet suits, complete with hoods, gloves and boots, tremendously helped as well

Those who braved the frozen waves did their best to stay warm by moving, though their specially designed wet suits, complete with hoods, gloves and boots, tremendously helped as well

Scenic: Replacing sand for snow, the surfer trudges across a white powdered beach cuffed on the edges with thick ice
 Replacing sand for snow, the surfer trudges across a white powdered beach cuffed on the edges with thick ice

Here in northern Minnesota, where winter temperatures can often be at or below zero-degrees Fahrenheit, the peak season for surfing is now with January to March said to offer the most frequent and ‘cleanest’ surf.

It’s especially good if there’s a winter storm.

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

To surfers that means stronger waves.

Matt Nelson of Two Harbors, MN who said he only began surfing last spring was one of them on Thursday.

Cozying up: A man happily lounges on an ice chair at the ice sculpture area in Rice Park in Stony Point where temperatures easily dipped on Friday below zero-degrees
A man happily lounges on an ice chair at the ice sculpture area in Rice Park in Stony Point where temperatures easily dipped on Friday below zero-degrees

Troopers: In January of 2009 these two surfers similarly braved icy air, water and beards at Stony Point where they said the water was warmer than the below-freezing air
In January of 2009 these two surfers similarly braved icy air, water and beards at Stony Point where they said the water was warmer than the below-freezing air

 

Windchill: Markus Barasch, an avid surfer from Wisconsin, snapped a photo of his jagged facial hair and wet suit while describing a 30-degree below windchill
 Markus Barasch, an avid surfer from Wisconsin, snapped a photo of his jagged facial hair and wet suit while describing a 30-degree below windchill

 

All in: Ice is seen covering this surfer's head and back while protected by his wetsuit that provided a soft heat-retaining armor
 Ice is seen covering this surfer’s head and back while protected by his wetsuit that provided a soft heat-retaining armor
Holding up: Surfers are seen bobbing around in the surf on one January 'beach day' that saw temperatures around 20F
 Surfers are seen bobbing around in the surf on one January ‘beach day’ that saw temperatures around 20F

Also nearby, a former-California man who only identified himself as ‘Hollywood’ also put in about two-hours sloshing in and out of the waves.

When he came out, the water had easily frozen into blunt icicles dripping from his hood and facial hair.

But far from any blue lips or skin, their faces appeared rosy, alive, accompanying their bright eyes which scoured for their next big wave.

Attribution: Nina Golgowski, Mail Online

Catch a Wave and Your Sittin on Top of the World!

The breathtaking moment thrill-seeking surfer catches ‘world’s biggest wave’ off  the coast of Portugal

This thrill-seeking surfer was but a speck on  this enormous wall of water as he appeared to set a new world record for the  biggest wave ever ridden.

Surfing legend Garrett McNamara caught the  towering wave – believed to have measured around 100ft – off the coast of  Nazare, in Portugal, yesterday.

If the claims are verified the U.S. born  athlete will have successfully beaten his own record, which was also set at Nazare, when he successfully rode a 78ft high break at the end of  2011.

 

Monster wave: Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave ever surfed when he rode this 100ft crest in Nazare, Portugal
Garrett McNamara is said to have broken  his own world record for the largest wave ever surfed when he rode this 100ft  crest in Nazare, Portugal

Mr McNamara, 45, was born in Pittsfield,  Massachusetts, but his family moved to Hawaii’s North Shore when he was 11 where  he followed in his older brother Liam’s footsteps and began to surf. He started  competing professionally at the age of 17 and spent ten years on the circuit  with his brother.

His previous record breaking ride in 2011,  described as ‘inspiring’ by fellow pro-surfers, beat the previous record by one  foot.

The surfer’s latest breathtaking feat came  yesterday, as huge waves crashed off the coast of Nazare throughout the  day.

The exposed beach break in the north of the  country attracts surfers all year round.

McNamara risked being forced dozens  of feet  beneath the water, or slamming into a reef or the ocean floor,  if he had wiped  out on the massive wave.

Crashing surf: The thrill-seeking surfer is thought to have set a new world record for the highest wave ever surfed
The thrill-seeking surfer is thought to  have set a new world record for the highest wave ever surfed

Return of the Mac: Garrett, known as GMAC on the surfing circuit has been surfing aince the age of 11 when his family moved to from Massachusetts to Hawaii
 Garrett, known as GMAC on the surfing  circuit has been surfing since the age of 11 when his family moved to from  Massachusetts to Hawaii
Brave: Barely visible on the wave, Garrett McNamara begins to make his way down the record water wall
 Barely visible on the wave, Garrett McNamara  begins to make his way down the record-breaking water wall

PREVIOUS RECORD  RIDERS

1. Garrett  McNamara, 78 ft  wave Nazaré, Portugal in November  2011

2. Mark  Parsons, 77ft  wave Cortes Bank, California in  January 2008

3. Pete  Cabrinha, 70ft wave Jaws Beach, Maui in January 2004

4. Brag  Gerlach, 68 ft wave Todos Santos, Mexico in December  2005

His 2011 record was confirmed by a panel of  experts at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.

He had  skillfully rode a 78ft wave – beating the record held by Mike Parson since  2008.

The surfer said at the time that hearing his  name announced at the awards  ceremony gave him ‘a bigger rush’ than actually  riding the wave.

‘It’s amazing we get to do what we do, I am  so grateful,’ he said at the ceremony in California.

‘I didn’t want to get caught up in it all,  but I have to tell you the  truth, when they announced my name I got a bigger  rush than probably on  all the waves I rode this year.’

Mr McNamara’s record-breaking began as early  as 2007, when he became the first man to ride a glacier wave on a surf board.

Teamed up with a colleague on a jetski, he  spent three weeks camped out by the 400ft Child’s Glacier in Alaska waiting for  the perfect wave.

The couple were filmed riding the giant grey  wave caused the glacier  calving, which is when a mountain-sized block of ice  breaks off the  glacier.

Behind you: GMAC has not only broken the record of largest wave surfed twice, he is also the first person to surf a tidal wave caused by a calving glacier
GMAC has not only broken the record of  largest wave surfed twice, he is also the first person to surf a tidal wave  caused by a calving glacier
Surfing legend: Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, Hawaii, is seen with the surfboard he used to set his existing record in Portugal in 2011
Garrett McNamara of Haleiwa, Hawaii, is  seen with the surfboard he used to set his existing record in Portugal in  2011

Attribution: Kerry Mcdermott, Daily Mail