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Northern Minnesota is not a tropical place. Home to bone-chillingly cold winters, the Great Lakes lay claim to some of the coldest conditions surfers can face. At the end of December of 2013, in particular, temperatures dropped to -30F with the windchill – luckily, it was an offshore wind. On this day, after a series of brutal storms laid into the area, the waves turned on at Stoney Point, Minnesota, a pointbreak that comes out of deep water on the north shore of Lake Superior.

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