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Skiing and surfing in a single day in gorgeous
Lofoten video

Three skiing professionals and one surfer headed up to Unstad beach in Lofoten to combine their passions in one day.

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In April of last year, ski mountaineer Greg Hill travelled with freeride skier Seb Michaud, freeskier Nico Zacek and surfer Simon Strangfeld to Unstad beach in Lofoten to realize their shared ambition of being able to ski and surf in one single day.

The trip was arranged by clothing label Gore-Tex, who have published a beautiful video where the enormity of the Lofoten nature is truly allowed to shine, while the skiing professionals travel to various locations via boat on a sea that is unusually mild and friendly – though later, it does throw up the requisite amount of waves for when the surfboards come out.

 

The journey north was part of a competition where a select group of participants got the chance to meet the pros and experience Lofoten at its very best. The participants stayed at the idyllic Lofoten Ski Lodge, and they all seem to have had a very special week.

“It’s just amazing here,” Hill says in a blog post published during the trip.

The Canadian is no stranger to mountains and his most famous accomplishment is ascending 600.000 vertical meters over the course of just one year. Still, Lofoten seems to have left an impression.

“You’re standing alone on a peak looking out at a fascinating mountain landscape all in the middle of the Norwegian Sea.” 

For German Strangfeld, going to Lofoten was the culmination of a life long ambition.

“To surf in Scandinavia – as far north as humanly possible – has been on my bucket list forever. Finally, I get to do it!”

And for Zacek, also from Germany, Lofoten turned out to be the best of two worlds.

“This is fulfilling a long-time dream to be able to finally bring together both of my passions,” he says.

“In the winter I’m totally a snow person, no question, but in the summer, the ocean and the waves attract me. The possibilities that we have in Lofoten aren’t available anywhere else on this planet.” 

For more information about the surfing opportunities in Unstad, visit the web page of Unstad Arctic Surf.

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