Notorious Surfer Grows Ice-Beard For Catching Waves At Frigid Temperatures

danielschetterPublished: January 10, 2018Updated: January 11, 20188,016 plays$34.53 earned
Published: January 10, 2018Updated: January 11, 2018

Meet America's coolest surfer, Dan Schetter, 39, from Michigan who grew ice beard after he hit the waves of Lake Superior in below-freezing temperatures and had his beard completely frozen.

A brave Michigan surfer dared to take on the waves in Lake Superior at below-zero temperatures and grew an incredible 'ice beard' in the process. Notorious Dan Schetter wears a wetsuit designed to withstand the freezing temperatures of -24F with windchill as he rides waves through Lake Superior in Michigan's cold weather.

Although his body is well-equipped to withstand cold temperatures, his face is still exposed to the cold, and he often ends up his surfing sessions with eyebrows and beard completely covered in icicles.

This extreme athlete is known as 'Surfer Dan' and he rides the waves throughout the year, even when temperatures are extremely low. Often times Schetter jumps into the icy water wearing a 9mm XCEL wetsuit, 8mm boots and gloves. That is his armour to survive the cold weather!

On windy wintery days, Dan usually gets an ice beard going at -24F temperatures against the wind chill factor, which are the perfect conditions for growing an ice <a href="" target="_blank">beard</a>.

The 39-year-old surfer has been surfing for over 20 years on Lake Superior and the surrounding Great Lakes. He grew up in near Marquette and knows the waters well and surfs year round.

It is amazing how the cold doesn't seem to bother him as much as people would think after seeing him all covered in ice. It is because his wetsuit is very thick and made for extremely frigid temperatures. However, it is his numb face that gives people the fright!

However, that is not even nearly enough to discourage him from surfing because he genuinely loves catching waves. He has surfed in Japan and Hawaii but the Great Lakes are his home, which he has been mastering for 20 years now.

It takes a lot of practice getting into the <a href="" target="_blank">frigid waters</a> surrounding Michigan in the winter, advises the ‘Ice Man’. In the past, he used to get hypothermia a lot, it is when your body is that cold that you don’t even feel the cold anymore. In those moments, he goes to the happy place in his mind, and reminds himself that everything is going to be just fine! What a dedicated surfer!

Credit to @danielschetter

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