Seeking a new place to surf means exploring Norway, Iceland, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Alaska or Russia.
The rugged terrain and fast changing weather makes surf in freezing temperatures even more challenging.
Quality equipment that fits with the weather is essential.
Extreme or Arctic surfing has been riding a wave of popularity.
Custom surfing and outdoor adventure excursions around Iceland are available year-round.
Relaxing after a rough day of surfing.
The invention of the neoprene wetsuit in the 1950s opened the door to cold-water surfing that until then had been impossible.
Frigid waters rarely top 40 degrees and often getting to the water requires battling the elements.
Pro surfer Patrick Millin: “The water is so cold it feels like fire. It strips your air away.”
Fast-changing weather sometimes leaves surfers in the middle of a storm.
A niche of hardy wave-seekers journey to surfing nirvana in a remote cold-water place like Norway, Iceland, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Alaska or Russia.