Crazy Great Lake Surfers In NYT

by The Editors on January 16, 2009


It’s the same old story but we fall for it every time (especially when it’s in the New York Times): the world’s most core surfers hit the icy waves of Lake Superior and make anyone who has ever complained about surfing in a wetsuit feel like complete, whinging pussies.

It was a Sunday morning north of Duluth, Minn., and a blizzard had overtaken the region. The surfers — apparitions in black neoprene, floating in mist far offshore — paddled and stood when a wave began to break. . . . “It’s warmer in the water,” said Markus Barsch, 21, a tree trimmer from Ashland, Wis., and one of a dozen surfers who had shown up to shred on a 20-degree day.

Yes, we’re all really inspired here in Sunny SoCal. But we always have one question after reading these stories: if you’re that serious about surfing, why not move to Hawai’i?

[Link: The New York Times]

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