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Surfers brave freezing waves on Lake Michigan


UNDATED (NBC) - For surfers looking to catch a wave, Lake Michigan isn't the most likely destination this time of year, but that hasn't stopped a few brave friends.

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

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

"We get only one good day of surfing during the summer, but it's almost like every day in the winter," Brown says.

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

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