Surfers Learn The Hard Way What Happens When You Go Surfing During A Polar Vortex

At a time when most people in North America were spending the end of January freezing their butts off under 20 layers of clothes, Daniel Schetter (aka “Surfer Dan”) wasn’t going to take a day off from surfing. Dan is a well known legend from Marquette County, Michigan, and he’s well known for being brave when it comes to surfing in crazy weather. This time, we’re luck photographer Devon Hains was there to capture it.

 

“The photos were shot two days last week, Sunday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 30th,” Hains told Bored Panda. “The photos feature both Surfer Dan and Allen Finau. They were shot at Presque Isle Park in Marquette Michigan on Lake Superior. The temperature for the Sunday shoot got down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit (-34°C) with the windchill.”


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography

“I’m not very experienced with surfing at all,” he said. “I’ve only tried a few times with Surfer Dan. He’s the experienced surfer and also the feature of my photos. I mostly photograph Dan from a safe spot on shore.”


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography

The ‘safe spot’ wasn’t so safe this time, though. “As the photographer, the most challenging part was being able to see through my viewfinder. The cold windchill caused my eyes to water a lot and it would freeze in my eyelashes. The cold air temperature meant I couldn’t exhale with my face raised to my camera because it would cause a layer of water vapor from my breath to freeze over my viewfinder and sometimes my lens.”


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography

“I’ve photographed Dan surfing in both sub-zero temperatures and pretty intense waves. Each time I feel a little concerned but I’m confident he knows his limits and it shows when he gets out there.”


Image credits: Devon Hains Photography

To follow Devon Hains’ adventures, go to his Instagram and Facebook pages!

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