It´s autumn in Norway, windy, dark and cold, a bit threatening really. But take precautions and experiencing the power of nature is special.
Surfski is taking off, no doubt about it. Nowhere as fast as in Sweden. But without enthusiasts nothing takes off. This is just what they’ve got in Sweden. Namely the surf ski community “West Coast BAMF Surfski HPG Luck-lovers” headed by Trent Victor.
Two other VERY active members of this society are Emma Levemyr (European SS Silver Medallist, Swedish SS Gold Medallist) and Evy Lantz (Swedish SS Bonze Medallist) and many other enthusiast are found here too.
Wind and cold waters are perfect for surfskipaddling too. So Emma’s, Trent’s and Evy’ home – Kungsbackafjorden – near Gothenburg just has it all and is is THE cradle of cold surfskipaddling. And more on this later.
Now Emma, Evy and all these creative forces have created the annual Surfski Film Festival. The world’s first & only Surfski Film Festival? What a really great idea. Here´s the trailer. Enjoy! #Entrepreneurship
I visited Mocke Paddling’s Surfski School in March and had a blast. A novice back then when it came to beach breaks and big conditions I learned a lot. The surfski school is definitely recommended.
On a windy grey Octoberday a group of surfski paddlers from Oslo hit the waves at the surfspot Larkollen
This Saturday 11th or Sunday 12th (depending on weather) the Kungsbacka Fiord near Gothenburg is the scene of the second version of the surfski race King/Queen of the Fiord.
The hugely poluplar Strava feature KOM King/Queen of the Mountain doesn’t apply to on-the-water sessions Strava answered me lately – although you can actually easily create segments and compete with yourself.
But now you can compete for the title King/Queen of the Fiord in this magnificent race which is organised by surfski enthusiast Emma Levemyr. Check out Emma’s Swedish blog Surfskidagbogen “The Surfski Diaries” full of interesting posts about her training and racing.
The Kungsbacka Fiord
In the event of southerly winds the race will follow a notherly route though the fiord from “Draget” to “Daggudden” and according to Emma is a bit similar to a Millers Run with consistent stacked runs easy to catch.
The Kungsbacka Fiord is about equidistant to the capitals of all three Scandinavian countries.
Half a day’s drive from Oslo, Copenhagen and a bit more from Stockholm
Last year saw Emma as the winner of the title “Queen of the Fiord” and “King of the Fiord” was Norwegian Anders W. Andersen, Norwegian and Swedish Fenn dealer and not least ICF Master Class Marathon World Champion in K2 in 2013.
Race report from the 2013 “King/Queen of the Fiord” from Vimeo
Final decision on race day and course TBA on Emma’s Blog.