The Ice Beard Surfers of Lake Superior | Local Legends

By | March 7, 2020


-I heard of Surfer Dan.
-Yes. He has the world’s
most epic beard in the winter. -Wait, so you’ve
actually seen him? -Yes, stopped on the side
of the road in a really bad storm. I was like, “There’s this man
out there surfing. What is happening?” -He comes out of the water
and this, like, frozen beard. -We’ve got some pretty extreme
people up here, but he’s one of the most
extreme extreme people. -He’s like a local legend.
He takes care of everyone. -I think somebody, like,
almost died, and he saved them, like, on his surfboard
or some shit like that. -My understanding is that
he literally just, like, lives in the water. -I don’t think he’s real. ♪♪ -Morning. How’s the sky look out there? Let me check the forecast. -Still building. -Wind chill,
7 degrees Fahrenheit. -7?
-Yeah, it looks like you’re probably gonna be
bearding today, dude. I guess everybody kind of thinks
they know Surfer Dan, myself. Hardcore Dan, Surfer Dan,
Psycho Dan, Late for Dinner Dan, whatever you want to call me
Dan. Do they really know me
or do they just know of me? Dan Solo. Surfer Dan Squatch. I got to find my pants Dan. My name is Daniel,
I live in Marquette, Michigan. It’s the biggest town in the UP. Man, I sure love living
in my hometown. ♪♪ A Yooper is someone from
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, born in the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan. Someone who loves
the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My friend Allen’s staying here
right now, catching waves,
ice bearding, doing his thing, and I have my dog,
and I have a lot of friends, and I’m really grateful
for that. ♪♪ So cold right now. There’s waves breaking over
the wall over there right now, splashing over it. There’s waves, baby. Smokey, you ready? Go.
Come on. Up there.
That a boy. We can’t see the bottom
of the lake. We don’t really know
what’s in there. We think we know
what’s in there. And I know the ocean has way
more life in it, it’s older and everything, but there’s also
mysteries in the lake, there’s magic spirit beings,
there’s folk lore, there’s Grandfather Turtle
at the bottom of the lake, moving around. ♪♪ This is where the ice beard
started for me, right here. I started surfing this spot
with a wet suit, and then I noticed I started
to get icicles on my beard, and it made me feel
like I was a kid again when you take a shower
before school, and you’re walking to school,
and your hair freezes, but it was on my face, and I had this vision to grow
the ice beard in the wet suit, and then cut out
of the wet suit, and surf naked, and the ice beard
would be so big that it would cover
my private parts. Through the ice surfing
and the beard, this media thing these days, and learning how to use
the Internet a little bit, it’s really, like,
sort of exploded. ♪♪ I shaved my beard for next year, so the focus is on Allen’s
ice beard this year. Man, he’s got a great ice beard.
-I saw Dan ice beard it up. He called me up,
I hadn’t seen him in years, and he goes,
“Do you have your beard still?” And I said yeah.
He sent me that picture, and I was just like,
“I got to do this.” You know, he’s just like,
“Get up here, man. We’re gonna bully them
with your beard.” And I’m glad to be back. Every time I get a chance
to come back and surf, like, I just love to. It’s like a garden of Eden,
kind of, except, like, just made of snow and ice. I didn’t realize how hard
the lakes are to surf because it’s no salt
in the water, so the buoyancy’s a lot less,
but it gets really fun. It’s a real wild thing
getting in the water and then feeling that water
the first time every day, like, that first hit. -Yeah! ♪♪ Surfing’s a weird thing because
it’s sort of a selfish thing. You’re enjoying this beautiful
magic place, so you kind of want to guard it, but at the same time,
it feels so good. Me as a person,
I want to share that feeling. First time I surfed,
I was living in Okinawa, Japan, and we stopped in Waikiki
on the way to Michigan, and I caught a wave
with a boogie board, and I was like, “Whoo! This is the best feeling ever!” And instantly, I was addicted. Then we came back to Michigan
and I saw the waves. So now I had this new thing
called surfing in my mind and in my heart to apply
to our local waves. I kind of sort of gave up
on school for the life of the lake. I drifted away from surfing
for quite a while, and now that I’m back
into surfing, it’s really —
it’s become my medicine. I quit drinking,
I got back into surfing. Had I not, I would probably
be dead or in prison because surfing
has saved my life. ♪♪ ♪♪ Hi, everybody. Come say hit to them. Say hi to the pigeons, dude. -There’s pigeons?
Hey, pigeons! -Fly around a little bit. There they go!
There they are. Come here, babies. Okay, let’s go get some food. What’s up? -Dan!
-We got a crew. -I know, they were in yesterday.
-Hold on, feel this. -Ugh! I hate it.
-No! -Just let me warm up
a little bit. -Don’t do it! -Okay, okay, okay.
-Give me a hug. -I didn’t know if you were
around here anymore. -Dan!
-Come on in, we’re sitting
at the counter. Let me get a steak and eggs. -Surfer Dan comes here about
three or four times a week. I’d say this is his spot. I think it’s crazy that he surfs
in the winter. It’s so cold in the summer
in the lakes, I can barely get in the lake. I can’t imagine how cold
it is in the winter. -He doesn’t have, like,
a specific job. He kind of just works
on his own. I don’t know, he’s kind of just
like a free bird, just kind of surfs and finds
jobs here and there, I think. -Everybody’s got different
skill levels and bravery levels, and it can be very dangerous. So, being comfortable
in these positions and knowing what’s happening
can really help save your life. When the fire chief told me that I’m the most valuable guy
in the water during rescues… I agreed with him. Whoo! -He’s rescued at least three
people I know from drowning. -I’ve saved a lot of people. Last summer, I was out
at a little inland lake, and there was a raft
where all the kids were playing. The moms were on the beach
talking, and I see a kid struggling right in front of everybody,
but nobody sees him. So I jumped on this kayak
and I paddled straight to him. He went right under, and I reached down
out of nowhere, and I picked him up
and put him on the kayak. He would’ve drowned
right in front of everybody! I’m not always looking,
I can’t save everybody. When it happens, that makes me
feel good that I helped someone live
to have another breath. Hey, you guys should get in
over there where it’s beautiful! Come on. Where it’s beautiful over there, with the trees in the water
and the sand. -Over there?
-Yeah, over here. ♪♪ -Whoo! ♪♪ When I go surfing,
sometimes I’ll get so cold and so hypothermic
that I’m convulsing, that activity itself makes me really appreciate
normal, everyday life that gets boring
or depressing to me. So all of a sudden, I’m grateful
for those warm, boring times
where I felt restless. Now I’m really grateful
for a hot shower, a comfortable chair to sit in, and surfing in this cold weather
and that, it — it brings it back
into perspective for me. I don’t really know
what a legend is. It’s a lot of pressure,
but at the same time, I’m not trying to live
up to that. I’m just being me because
I think the fun stuff we do is so unique that it seems
legendary to people when, to me, it’s kind of,
like, normal. You can look at us and say, “Oh, they’re not that great
of surfers,” or — or, “Those waves aren’t really
that good,” but it gets real out there,
and it can be very dangerous, but I think that’s part
of the draw for me. Sometimes I get to
the brink of death, but it really
makes me feel alive. As much as it almost kills me, it’s really given me
more of a purpose. ♪♪ Isn’t it fun when I’m talking? The… ♪♪

100 thoughts on “The Ice Beard Surfers of Lake Superior | Local Legends

  1. John Watt Post author

    What are you saying, covering up my private parts? I went for a long distance bike-hike, pedaling into a snow
    storm, making it to Fort Erie. I had to stop and urinate, going behind a forest to get out of the wind.
    I couldn't do my zipper up again and my pants were frozen open. Riding the bike, the snow built up around
    my crotch and I warmed up. You should visit Point Abino, north of Fort Erie, and surf the winter waves there.
    The lake doesn't freeze over any more. I forgot to say I'm sixty-eight. Yes, it's an easy ride.

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  2. me Post author

    Bahhhhh wim hof would surf that lake in a pair of speedos

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  3. chris campbell Post author

    I have surfed lake Erie in January in Cleveland. it's awesome

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  4. Pepsiman Post author

    Dan “have you ever had a ice beard” Rogan

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  5. Jean Pol Post author

    i mean , should't he get frostbites and stuff ?

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  6. Cyz Walker Post author

    I can't even take a cold shower at home…

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  7. Luis Castellon Post author

    Ok. I just walk outside for a few minutes so I can appreciate how not cold my house is. 🤣🤣

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  8. akira genesis Post author

    He took one for the daniels. thank you daniel

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  9. Alan Martinez Post author

    Whoa how's this news vice ur banned from my phone u and ur shitty documentary

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  10. Alan Martinez Post author

    How's the I knew u didn't finish school!!! Was it the beard or the ur from Michigan

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  11. johnny rockin Post author

    I have my dog I have my friends and I am grateful
    that's a rich man

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  12. tritondriver1 Post author

    I could see his breath while he was talking in his RV- Holy $

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  13. Kristen Honeywill Post author

    I would love to know how thick his wetsuit is!? Here in Cape Town the water temp is between like 11-18 degrees Celsius and in my family we all surf in 4ml/5ml wetsuits. I could see this guy coming down here and surfing in boardshorts at Muizenberg beach 😂

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  14. J Smith Post author

    I dislike the cold at times here in the PNW…you are an inspiration.

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  15. RedEagle Post author

    This is the vice i miss to watch.
    Bring back these original people and longer times with the people.

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  16. Kyle Bates Post author

    Durable, robust human beings. Mad respect Yoopers!

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  17. jitsu222 Post author

    Living close to death is where you’ll find peace and become who you really are.

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  18. Alfonso Mendoza Post author

    This mans I'm froutsing now wtf I'm like wtf

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  19. Russell LeCour Post author

    I have a friend in Toronto that does the same thing. He's nuts. Someone called emergency services on him because they thought he was drowning. They showed up with the news and he got to do an on air interview with 6 inch icicles hanging from his head.

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  20. -Glass Caskets- Post author

    You can call me whatever but DON’T call me late to dinner

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  21. Randy Vizcarra Post author

    Real life lifeguard. In California lifeguards can make $120k+ year. State of Michigan should be paying him to surf out there and keep an eye out.

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  22. Kaizen Clay Post author

    I only clicked for the Ice Beard. 🧊🧔

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  23. mitchell bliss Post author

    Oh that water is cold, but the water actually stays warmer then the air temp at times. Superior stays btwn 25-35 degrees year round never getting above 40 degees. So when it's 10 degrees out the water may feel like there warmth almost compared to hopping out of it lol

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  24. YAHWEH'S KID Post author

    These guys immune system would bitch slap the Corona virus!😂

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  25. North Eastern Roberts Post author

    I went to swim that lake during summer
    The water is freezing

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  26. T. S Post author

    Michiganders represent 😁👌 we're a crazy bread haha.

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  27. HokiePitcher22 Post author

    So…does the surfboard get covered with ice too?

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  28. Babyy Spiice Post author

    I mean you body gets used to the cold after time no wonder why he also looks young and skinny

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  29. David Dimachki Post author

    This is ass backwards…but the balls to get close to that cold ass water and then on top of that manage to not hyperventilate and/or get sick is pretty cool. A cold 🥶 shower kicks my ass

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  30. nOT tHEE Post author

    I should have never applied for credit or went to college with a loan I could be living my life worry free lol

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  31. Piz Mahself Post author

    3:20 when you bust a nut bigger than you expected and it goes everywhere.

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  32. mistere early Post author

    Surfer dan has no beard. Epic buzzkill. Didn’t even bother watching the whole way thru

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  33. Jim Mallos Post author

    Love my hometown! Loved seeing Dan out there. Well done vice

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  34. Sweaty Socks Post author

    I love this guy. He and I share very similar views on surfing in dangerous conditions. I used to sit surf on my SOT kayak in the middle of the night on lake Michigan before an injury. Even with a headlamp all you could see was the wave ahead of you. I never felt more alive, I never appreciated things more, and I never felt more one with nature. I miss it so much. Yeah it was selfish as I put my life at risk, but when you aren't really living life without it then you just gotta go for it and hope everyone understands.

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  35. Scoots Mcgoots Post author

    Never thought I'd see my college's (Northern Michigan University) town in a video with over 350k views.

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  36. SuicidelG Post author

    I hate vice, but this is great. How do they not freeze to death?

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  37. Sushi Mamba Post author

    That's hard core. Good thing they don't have to deal with sharks out there.

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  38. Itachi Uchiha Post author

    I'll finish his sentence since they didn't let him. "And then feeling the water for the first time, everyday, like the first hit, of weed in the morning."

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  39. Ceerstar Ceerstar Post author

    I swear I fckn love VICE. I've probably seen more interesting things I would've never seen, than I have on all other channels put 2gether.

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  40. Dash Cam California Post author

    Vice: makes a video about a dude named surfer Dan
    Also vice: applies a thumbnail on said video that is not an image of surfer Dan.

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  41. Disgruntled pacifist Post author

    "I going to surf naked and the ice beard would cover my private parts" #Life goals.

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  42. upcycler Post author

    Every surf spot has one to one degree or another

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  43. SUPREME IRON CROSS POWER Post author

    And not one person knows who the thumbnail is? Vin Diesel in Chronicles of Riddick in the beginning. YouTube violation, lmfao.

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  44. Brent McDonald Post author

    When i was 7 years old my sister and I almost drowned in lake michigan. It was early in the morning when everyone was still asleep. But a random man pulled her and i out if the water. My parents thanked him but we never saw him again. Was that you Dan?

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  45. Jeff Miller Post author

    Yeah, not for me. I tried on the northern Pacific coast and that was plenty cold for me. I do appreciate them, though.

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  46. skipperrich878 Post author

    A true soul surfer, people like these are so important, and the fact he reminds me of Derek from the good place is just another bonus🤙
    Shine on all you crazy Dimond's

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  47. Burton Bonham Post author

    In the description below you should have a link for helping who ever it is the story is about.

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  48. NATHAN L Post author

    Those men are real Vikings SKOL!!! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻🍻🍻

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  49. Medicinehat Pinto Dahl Post author

    Hey guys – Thanks so much for the super-duper yooper vid! I love that you had the experience of frozen hair. I'm NA and when I was a kid, before school I would wash my thigh length tresses, go out in the frozen weather of Michigan, and my hair literally, would ring like wind chimes, as I walked the 1/4 mile to catch the bus. There were times, I was afraid of touching it, because I did not want it to break off! I also did the naked polar bear thing – HOLYCRAP – That was kewl too. Blessings, be safe out there. Love ya.

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  50. Efrem Lee Post author

    I never walked to school and my hair FROZE man I grew up way down south and I'm really happy about that now but cool dude man 4 real

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  51. Nate Blame Post author

    So happy to call this place my home now. They are just as nice as you think they are in person

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  52. Don Ricco Post author

    Collecting that disability? Or military cash

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  53. Kirk Douglas Post author

    Lake Superior is just that, and no joke. 906 boy, YOOP!

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