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PHOTOS: Natural ice bath

Three young men used the Superior Bay to soak their sore muscles.

Alex Paredes, left, and Scott Wilson wade out of the frigid waters of the Superior Bay
Alex Paredes, left, and Scott Wilson wade out of the waters of the Superior Bay after eight minutes of soaking their sore muscles at Barker’s Island in Superior on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Alex Paredes, left, Blake Perry, center, and Scott Wilson stay bundled up as they look at their phones while they stand in the frigid waters of the Superior Bay
Alex Paredes, left, Blake Perry, center, and Scott Wilson stay bundled up as they look at their phones while they stand in the frigid waters of the Superior Bay off of Barker’s Island in Superior on Thursday, May 5, 2022. The trio use the water as a natural ice bath sometimes until July, they said.
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SUPERIOR — A trio of soccer players bundled up as they bravely waded into the Superior Bay off of Barker's Island on Thursday, May 5.

"I don't know how long I'm going to make it," Blake Perry said as he tried to get used to the frigid water.

The group all play summer soccer for Duluth FC, which has its first game Saturday, May 7. During the fall, the group played men's soccer for Wisconsin-Superior.

"We start out the year going in for eight minutes and work our way up to 12 minutes," said Scott Wilson.

They use the chilly water in the Superior Bay to rejuvenate sore muscles like a natural ice bath.

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"We come out here until at least July," Wilson said.

Scott Wilson, left, Alex Paredes, center, and Blake Perry chat as they stand at differing depths of water in the Superior Bay
Scott Wilson, left, Alex Paredes, center, and Blake Perry chat as they stand at differing depths of water in the Superior Bay off of Barker’s Island in Superior on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Alex Paredes, left, and Scott Wilson, right, chat with Blake Perry as they stand in the frigid waters of the Superior Bay
Alex Paredes, left, and Scott Wilson, right, chat with Blake Perry as they stand in the frigid waters of the Superior Bay off of Barker’s Island in Superior on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Related Topics: SUPERIOR, WISCONSINSOCCER
Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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