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Surfers ride winter waves of Lake Michigan

S urfers riding waves in December on Lake Michigan.


I

t's enough to make you do a double take.


S

urfers riding waves in
December on Lake Michigan.


"

The
cold water adds an element of adrenaline," John McNeil, winter surfer said. "It's not the same as a warm water wave, it's almost more exciting."


Z

ach

Dorvinen

,
John McNeil, and Nick Brown have been winter surfing for years.


T

raditionally northern
Michigan isn't know to be a popular surfing destination, but these guys say it just depends on the time of year.


"W

e get only one good day
of surfing during the summer, but it's almost like every day in the winter," Nick Brown, winter surfer said.


T

he water temperatures in
Lake Michigan today was 45 degrees, which is actually much warmer than the chilly 18 degrees on the shore.


W

hile it sounds like these guys would freeze in the water

,

they had special gear to keep them warm.


"

Our eyelashes can freeze

,

our feet get cold

,

but overall I'm probably almost just as warm as you are right now maybe even warmer

," McNeil said.


W

hile this sounds like an unconventional way to have fun

,

these guys say it's just another way to survive the frigid
Michigan winter.


"

You know what

,

you live in northern Michigan

,

if you sit at home when there's snow out you might as well move somewhere else you've got to have a hobby in the winter

," Zach Dorvinen, winter surfer said.


U

nfortunately for these surfers

,

the sport doesn't last all winter long

.



O

nce the lake freezes

,

surf season is over.

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