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While you're hiding from the cold, Duluthians are out surfing

Do you know about Minnesota's extreme winter sport?
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No big deal, just a guy surfing on Lake Superior in February.

No big deal, just a guy surfing on Lake Superior in February.

With the record-breaking amount of snow they got over the weekend, you'd think the people of Duluth would be staying warm on the couch with Netflix and hot cocoa.

Instead, a bunch of brave souls were out enjoying the water.

One of the founders of Bent Paddle Brewing Co. caught some Duluthians surfing the icy-cold waves of Lake Superior on Saturday and posted the video to Facebook. Watch it here.

Apparently this is the norm for North Shore surfers, who often gather at Stoney Point for the swells. Surfers told the Duluth News Tribune that's where you find the biggest waves.

And this time of year is actually the best for surfing in Minnesota, the paper says, because blizzards and winter storms provide gusty winds across the lake – aka ideal surfing conditions. 

"Waves along Lake Superior's frozen northern coast can be just as good as any found in the ocean. Just don't expect surfing them to be easy," Surfer Films says.

Surfing on Lake Superior is a relatively new sport. Bob Tema, a surfer from the island of Oahu in Hawaii, helped pioneer the sport in the late 1990s and formed the Lake Superior Surf Club, according to the Upper Midwest Scuba and Adventure Travel Show.

Over the years, the Lake Superior surfing scene has grown to about 50 active surfers in the Duluth area alone, the website says. 

The Lake Superior Surf Club also posted some photos and videos from Saturday's surf. 

Check out this amazing drone footage:

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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