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The Vigeland Installation in Frogner Park is one of Oslo’s best-known tourist attractions, but the park is also a hotspot for activities and recreation during summer. People meet to jog together, do yoga – and skate.
During winter, however, people do their workouts inside, while the skate scene is relocated to car parks and indoor skateparks.
This winter, the young skater Gard Jenssen Hvaara (18) decided that he wanted to test himself against the forces of nature. He wanted to skateboard on a surface of ice and snow.
“I have skated in Frogner Park from the very beginning, but this is my first time outside in snowy weather. I thought that it would be cool to do something that hasn’t been done before,” said Hvaara.
A photographer and a camera crew from Red Bull documented the whole thing. See the video here:
Hvaara escaped without injuries. The skateboard, however, wasn’t as lucky:
“It totally destroyed that board – the day after, I had to change it. The bearings wouldn't go around and the wood was heavy, no pop left!”, Hvaara said to Redbull.com.
Young Hvaara is gaining quite a lot of publicity in Norway and abroad because of the video, just a few weeks before the X-Games qualifiers in Oslo from February 24 to 28.
This is the first time both summer and winter sports will be contested internationally at the same X Games, and Hvaara is hoping to qualify for the skateboard event.
“X Games and Street League is the biggest event in skateboarding. I’ve been to Los Angeles and seen it live, and it would be cool to participate in Oslo. The tickets were sold out in two weeks, so it’ll be really great,” said Hvaara.