Surfing in the polar sea: Olivier Morin

Surfing is more than just a sport. Today surfing is about a dream we all have at some point. The freedom to live the day to its fullest, to lie on the beach in a bikini and spend some time on the waves, to only live in the here and now and to sit on a beach at the end of the day, exhausted but happy and kissed by the last sun beams, and to talk with like-minded guys about God and the world. Well, that’s the way I picture my life as a surfer! 😉

However, surfing needn’t happen on beautiful blue beaches to be magical. You can even surf in the freezing cold, in a blizzard and with frozen sea water on your eyebrows. I’ve got to admit that I prefer the first image though. But the photos taken by Olivier Morin in Norway even make surfing in ice-cold water under the northern lights sound like something that could be on my wish list.

In France Olivier Morin counts among the top sports photographers. He works for the Agence France-Presse, the oldest international news agency which was founded in Paris in 1835. Beyond this, in the year 2000 he was awarded the first prize in the Fuji Photo Contest. And in 2013 his photo of the Usain Bolt in the 100-meter-final of the world championship in Moscow was the “Sports Photo of the Year” in Italy. The renowned magazine Sports Illustrated has also awarded his photos a couple of times.

In Lofoten the French photographer shot the surfers at a temperature of minus 13°C while they were riding the waves in the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean. Olivier’s pictures are simply stunning. Snow-covered mountains in the background make a breathtaking setting and the colorful surfboards are a fantastic contrast to the usually rather somber and freezing scenery. You can find many more spectacular photos on Instagram and Facebook as well as on the photographer’s website.

Frankly, I’ve got to admit that I’m already freezing when looking at the photos. But in his photos you clearly notice that the surfers enjoy every single minute. What do you think? Could you imagine riding the waves at minus temperatures or even put your foot into the water? 😉


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