I love and hate fall in equal measure. Summer is over, which means good times in the sun, quality surf, and long days of light are over. On the other hand, the months of september-november is a good time to get back in shape, look over equipment, and make new exciting plans for winter. Spending a lot of time looking at footage accumulated during the season is also a good way to get yourself excited for the year to come, even though I haven’t exactly collected too much of it this year since the ankle injury. Even if I was back on snow as early as march, it wasn’t until the end of april I could really start committing to big stuff, and then the issue of finding good snow and weather slowed us down considerably. I still managed to get a few amazing days back in Riksgränsen at the end of the year, something you will see a full project come out of very soon, I promise:
Oscar and I standing on top of a beauty northern Sweden face last may.
Other than editing video for your viewing pleasure, I’ve been using my alleged writing talent in other places than this blog, so hopefully you’ll understand the absence of daily updates. If you read Swedish, you may have seen some of my texts in the Freeride newsfeed, as well as various ski magazines. It’s a good way of making the long Stockholm autumn days pass.
What else is going on? Working out of course, my least favorite activity. Loving the feeling after, but can’t shake the fact that skiing, surfing or skateboarding is a hundred times better. But I know from experience that without a good basic strength I won’t last long doing either of those sports, so I make sure to drag myself to the gym at least 4 times a week during the pre-season.
Going to finish off this post with some photos from Sofia and I’s trip to Lofoten, northern Norway a few weeks back, got the opportunity to come with Swedish pro surfer Tim Latte to write a story on his adventures up north. Some photos by me, most by Sofia:
Drive-by shot snapped while driving through the north of Sweden at the end of september. This is just before Riksgränsen where I’ve been spending much of my spring the past two years.
Lapporten, or the Port to Laplandia, sans snow.
Quick stop after driving for a solid 14 hours, another 8 to go.
Norway greeting us with some pretty breathtaking scenery!
Fully packed Mazda, Tim having a last snack before setting up camp.
At night, the Aurora Borealis comes out in full effect. I had never really seen the phenomenon before this trip, so I was very excited getting some photos of it.
Morning coffees before long surf sessions are the best.
Spraying down the line at a secret spot
Getting in and out of the wetsuit is the hardest part about surfing in the Arctic Circle!
After 3 hours in the water I was still toasty in my winter suit. Turns out the water temp up here doesnt really go below 10°C in the fall so I was a bit over-clothed with 6 mms of rubber!
Tim and I being greeted by the locals.
Sofia, exploring the perimeter after setting up camp in Unstad, a famous Lofoten surf spot.
Pre-surf rituals with Tim
Unstad lineup, empty and pumping!
Barrel photo by Mats Grimseth, local photographer. So stoked to see him swimming out right as I got this little tube!
The most scenic place I’ve ever spent a night, what a show!
So Lofoten suddenly went right to the top of planned camping destinations for Sofia and I, and will definitely be part of the itinerary next spring. We even went so far that we are planning some new travel/camping arrangements, but I won’t spoil this one just yet. The next few days though…keep an eye out!
Alright, back to work, I have another story to write, this time about Oscar and I’s heliskiing trip in the Swedish mountains last spring, for a european ski magazine. Any ideas of an angle? Always fun documenting someone’s very first experience doing something as life-changing as skiing big mountains out of a helicopter, as much fun as it is to do the same yourself, especially with your brother. Daniel’s photos are amazing so I think it will be a good read!
Stay tuned for more content soon!