Like we said, cold is hot right now and here’s a fine example of high performance surfing going down in low, low sea temperatures.
The Nixon Surf Challenge is all about taking Europe’s finest surfers to a remote, radical location an setting them free on whatever waves show up. This year, Iceland, and some decent swell, iffy winds and an excess of hot surfing.
Here’s Nixon’s take on the event:
The 12th edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge, in association with Monster Energy, Dragon and Reef, headed all the way north to Iceland for an incredible adventure just below the Arctic Circle, May 13-19 2013.
After a week of exploring the volcanic island and surfing little-known breaks peppered along Iceland dramatic coastline, France’s Vincent Duvignac was voted Best Overall by his fellow surfers. The 25-year-old stood out from the crowd thanks to his tireless motivation to score waves despite the freezing temperatures, as well as his consistently impressive performances in the glacial water.
Australia’s Chippa Wilson walked away with the Best Trick award, doing just about enough in the eyes of his fellow surfers to edge out William Aliotti. Armed with his huge arsenal of aerial tricks and an uncanny ability to eek the most out of the conditions, Chippa took to Iceland like a duck to water.
The third and final award was the ‘I Rocked Iceland’ prize. And that went to the Canary Islands’ Jose Maria Cabrera. Bursting with positive energy throughout the trip, Cabrera was a veritable force of nature that embraced the daily challenge of paddling out in barely-above freezing water temperatures while still finding the energy to party with the best of them on fun-fueled nightlife adventures in Reykjavik
Filming: Falling Angels Prod / Ludovic Lasserre
Water filming: Yannock Loussouarn
Additional footage & Editing: Nixon
“Mess Of Me” performed by Switchfoot (http://nixon.fm/Switchfoot-MessOfMe)