Surfing with ice in Norway
Despite negative temperatures and freezing weather for 10 months of the year, many Norwegian islands have a strong passion for surfing.
This adventurous sport became more and more “heart-wrenching” in the cold, moreover, getting the right waves in such conditions was a huge challenge.
However, apparently not harsh enough, a group of daring people have made surfboards made from the most common material in the North Sea, that is… frozen water.
The author of this idea is a young filmmaker with a passion for extreme sports named Inne Wegge. He shared that, from once trying to surf with friends with wooden planks on the beach, he found a piece of ice enough to stand up and experience the feeling of drifting on the waves with that ice.
At first, Inne Wegge and his friends chiseled “planks” from a frozen lake, but the finished product melted after just a few minutes in the sea. To increase durability, they pour fresh water into molds made of wood and plastic in freezer warehouses, forming ice sheets that look like giant ice cream sticks.
Then they coated seaweed on the surface to create grip. After about two days, the ice sheet was cut into a shape of a surfboard, with a full set of fins to stabilize depending on the wave conditions.
The first challenge was to put a complete 60-70kg board into the water, a job that required 3 people, while a normal surfboard weighed only about 3kg. These people then swim according to the surfers to get to the location to pick up waves at sea.
Unlike the waves of alcoholic waves, the waves formed by the cold wind should be weaker but no less dangerous, especially when at the foot of the surfer is a hard ice sheet.
Moreover, the user only has about 30 minutes with the board because it will melt in a water of approximately 0 degrees Celsius. Even so, the “board” still succeeds in receiving the wave, keeping the picture intact. form in about 5 minutes.
After 4 days of testing, Inne Wegge and his team concluded that making surfboards is so feasible. Currently, they are looking to improve their products, experimenting with different lengths and thicknesses.