The smell of sunblock hangs heavy in the air. Throngs of tanned souls lazily watch the action under a sweltering summer sun. The water is blue, the fans are stoked and free swag's aplenty. This is the summer surf contest scene. But not this contest. For the coldwater surf warriors of the Northeast, the fourth-annual Red Bull Icebreak, held April 1 in Nova Scotia, Canada, is an icebreak from the norm, a 32-degree test of a pro surfer's grit.
The day's lineup, determined by five regional ...
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