Along Bore Beach at Jæren, surfers from all over Europe are gathered to conquer some of the Norwegian coast's most awesome waves. It is the first time the championship is being held here in Scandinavia.
Published: 13. oktober 2017
In recent years, Norway has earned its deserved place on the world map as an international surfing destination. From Lofoten's mighty coastline to Rogaland's postcard-perfect sandy beaches: all along the coast, you will find excellent conditions for surfing.
This week, participants from all over Europe have flocked here to compete for the title of European Champion. And that is precisely what surfing is, according to Eurosurf boss and "Surf King" - Tore Kramer.
"This event promotes surfing as a sport rather than just a lifestyle," says Kramer. "We have the best judges, the best technicians and a large team of real professional people on our crew. A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work, and it's incredibly fun to make this happen on our home turf."
The waves breaking at Bore Beach these days have come here all the way from Canada - and have met the festival boss's expectations for the most part.
"Few events are this dependent on weather conditions as this," says Kramer.
"We have some great days ahead of us and optimal conditions. It has been good so far, but during the final this Saturday, we expect that it will be ten times better."
The Stavanger-born Kramer has long been known as one of the sport's most dedicated athletes here in Norway and has devoted most of his life to building up and promoting the surfing scene here. He was bitten by the surfing bug as a young boy and 24 years on surfboards has in no way watered down his passion for the sport.
"Surfing will always have a special place in my heart," says Kramer. "It's a healthy sport with a sound environmental aspect that can be enjoyed by all. From lawyers to crown princes to ordinary working people. It's incredibly fun watching the interest grow and seeing how Norway just gets bigger and bigger as a surfing destination."
Someone who shares Kramer's enthusiasm is none other than Crown Prince Haakon. An avid surfer himself, the Crown Prince has been involved in the promotion of the Eurosurf 2017 Championship in the lead up to the event.
Along with Norway's Crown Princess Mette Marit, Princess Ingrid Alexandra and Prince Sverre Magnus, he was present at Bore Beach for the first day of the championship.
"I really enjoy it too, heading out in the waves but on a completely different level than those surfers standing over there," as he remarked to NRK on day one.
"It's great fun that the surfing championship is happening here in Norway, and that's thanks to Tore and everyone who is helping out here. It's a blast that it's underway, and cool to have such a major event at Jæren and at Klepp," says Crown Prince Haakon.
Until 16 October, 95 competitors from 11 countries and thousands of spectators from all over the world will provide for an action-packed atmosphere at Bore Beach. It is the first time the event is taking place in Scandinavia and is fulfilling many people's dreams of a stronger surfing culture here in Norway.
As Kramer himself puts it:
"This is part of my legacy after a long career as a surfer. After three years of planning it all, these days are flying by, but it gives me an incredibly good feeling that we actually made this happen here in Norway."
- Taking place from 7 to 16 October
- The championship is being held at Bore Beach in Jæren
- It is the first time the European Championship of Surfing is being held in Scandinavia
- The event was planned and organised by Tore Kramer
Read more about the event at eurosurf.no
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