Man muss schon aus besonders hartem Holz geschnitzt sein, wenn man sich fürs Surfen wie diese Skandinavier erwärmen kann: Der norwegische Filmemacher und Extremsurfer Inge Wegge und Freunde aus Schweden formen Boards aus Eisblöcken und surfen mit ihnen in arktischen Gewässern vor den Lofoten.
Aus dem Kühlhaus vom Fischereihafen Svolvaer kommen die Eisquader, die die Sportler dann mit Sägen, Schabern und Feilen in Form bringen.
Was dann folgt, ist allerdings ein kurzes Vergnügen: Denn kaum aus dem Eisklotz geschnitten, beginnen die Boards bei Temperaturen knapp über dem Gefrierpunkt schon wieder zu schmelzen.
Gerade fünf bis sieben Grad über dem Gefrierpunkt liegen die Wassertemperaturen dort um diese Jahreszeit.
Trotzdem schmelzen die über 80 Kilogramm schweren Teile den Surfern schnell unter den Körpern weg.
Nur 20 Minuten lang taugen die Bretter zum Surfen. Davon sind nur die letzten drei Minuten ideal, bevor das Board dann schon wieder zusammengeschmolzen ist.
Wer jetzt die perfekte Welle erwischt, hat das volle Vergnügen. Wer sie verpasst, sitzt bald auf einem bröckelnden Brett.
Unsere Fragen nach seiner Arbeit hat Olivier Morin so beantwortet:
First of all we’d be interested to know what you experienced during the photo shoot and what made you pick that particular theme ?
I follow them because there is a small community of local surfers with a very good level. I met them 4-5 years ago during my first trip up there. They are very active in terms of surfing and challenges in any weather conditions. One of them, Inge Wegge, the leader of this project, has already spent 9 months in 2012 during a full winter in autonomy with a friend of his, in a remote bay in Lofoten. From this experience a documentary exists. “North of the Sun” is a world reference in terms of Surfing spirit. It tells about surfing off Lofoten. It is a humble community living in a very hostile land. They are full of energy and happiness.
Geographically, at winter time, and beyond the arctic circle, there are not many spots in the world where you can climb a mount with your skis on the back for a couple of hours, enjoying the downhill in perfect puff back to the car. Changing clothes to put a wetsuit on and continue in the ocean to ride some waves, at night time lit up by northernlights. Heaven.
When they told me about their project, I was very enthusiastic and confident. Because I knew they could do it! They have the gutts to success, and after all, why wouldn't it be possible. Because everything floating is surfable. An ice chunk is surfable, because it is floating, heavy but floating, so ridable. Where else than an arctic land such an idea can be born, where else than in an arctic land such a project can exist? I never had any doubt they could make it, though the question remained how long it would take from attempt to success.
When and where were you born, where have you been educated und what are stages of your professional career ?
I’ve been a staff photographer for Agence France-Presse for the past 29 years.
Born in France in 1965, I’ve been based in Bordeaux, Lille, Paris where I shot mainly international sports. Later I became Eastern France Photo chief based in Strasbourg, before becoming Chief Photographer for the Nordic Countries in Stockholm and spending six years in AFP Milan, Italy.
For the past year, I’ve been Photo Chief Editor France based in Paris.
I used to cover a variety of daily news events including economy, fashion and sports, specializing in outdoor-water features .
I’ve been shooting 10 Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter, and covered soccer (Football), Rugby, Athletics Worlds Championships, Alpine skiing World cups and World Championships on a regular basis.
I’ve been also awarded first prize in the 2000 Fuji photo contest for an archery picture from the Sydney Olympics, 2nd prize and 3rd prize in Sportfolio in 2013 and 2015, and won Italy’s sports picture of the year in 2013 for a shot of Usain Bolt under lightning bolt during the 100m final at the World Championships in Moscow, and Sports Illustrated photo of the year with this photograph also, among others awards including New Yor Times.
Which equipment did you use for the story?
For this story I used 2 new Nikon Z6 with the waterproof housings by Liquideye (this heavy duty housings are made for surf photography).