On the 3rd and 4th of October, the historic cinema Röda Kvarn in Helsingborg plays host to the first ever nordic surf film festival. Organized by professional surf photographer Jeff Flindt, who left California for Sweden six years ago only to discover that there was a growing surf scene in the Nordic countries, it is set to bring a touch of surf culture to the area and showcase the thriving Nordic surf scene. Although it is common knowledge that many Swedes surf abroad, 90% of people don’t even know there is a surf community here in Scandinavia. Yet local surf shops report a major increase in sales of boards specially crafted for northern surfing climate. At the same time local surf school statistics show big increases in turnout. There is definitely a surf scene in the Nordic countries, and it’s growing fast says Markus Boman at surfers.se.
Surfing in Scandinavia is concentrated on the North sea, Skagerrak and Baltic coastlines and the spots on these coasts unite surfers across southern Sweden, Denmark, Norway and northern Germany. Mathieu Turries of the Nordic Surfers Magazine sums up the unique culture blooming at these spots. ”Surfing in the Nordic countries is addictive and each spot leads to a desire to find the next. There is a great vibe in the surf community with characters one unifying goal; to surf the wild and raw north where the sea is rough and you need a thick wetsuit to survive the arctic climate.”
The film festival invites you to take a deep breath, paddle out and experience the arctic waves. Northern surfing is about true passion and about exploration. There are so many hidden spots and there is world class surfing in truly remote areas. The films document the few with the eagerness to go far beyond, allowing you to experience the journey alongside many of the riders pushing the boundaries not only on rugged coastlines of the north but on more exotic waves all around the world.
Films to be shown include the new Globe movie, the Weggebros production ‘North of The Sun’ and ‘The Old, the Young and the Sea’. There will also be a showcase of wetsuits, techs, and local board shapers giving you a chance to see what it takes to surf the northern coasts, along with chance to meet with the with surfers and check out live sets from local musician Jonah Lake.
Agnes Flora Szilagyi
Jeff Flindt: www.jeffflindt.com
Markus Boman: www.surfers.se
Mathieu Turries: www.nordicsurfersmag.com