Surfers Hit Lake Michigan in December, Become Covered in Ice

A group of surfers braved Lake Michigan waters as Chicago faced some of the coldest air temperatures of the year so far. This is what happened.

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Mike Killion / @killertown
Chicago photographer <a href=http://www.mikekillion.com/#modern-organic-thai>Mike Killion</a>, a Columbia College graduate known for his photographs of surfing on the Great Lakes, captured some seriously cold images of what happens when you go surfing on Lake Michigan in December.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
The group headed out into the frigid waters in northwest Indiana, close to Chicago, over the weekend.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
Temperatures hit some of the coldest they've been all year this weekend.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
It's not the first time surfers have braved winter waves on Lake Michigan. See video <a href=http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/Surfers-Brave-Winter-Waves-on-Lake-Michigan_Chicago-235735121.html>here</a>.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
While most wouldn't dare go near the freezing waters, enthusiasts see it as an opportunity to enjoy the whipping waves.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
And that's just what they did.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
And again...
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Mike Killion / @killertown
The group donned full-body wet suits during their excursion.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
But that didn't keep some things from freezing.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
Many left the water covered in icicles.
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Mike Killion / @killertown
Would you ever surf in Lake Michigan in December?
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