When trekking across Norway pays off in empty, freezing surf

By car, boat and foot, Marlon Lipke and Gony Zubizarreta prove Norway is totally worth the extra effort.

Norway is certainly not the first place that comes to mind for a surf trip. But cold water surf destinations are certainly becoming a thing. And a coastline that is plenty craggy, sits north of the North Atlantic and faces harsh winters makes for the ideal country to do some trekking.

Which is exactly what pro surfers Marlon Lipke and Gony Zubizarreta did. The initial set-up that Joel Stevenson showed them didn’t quite work out -- it was pumping, but extremely shallow and not really surfable. So they decided to trek 17 hours across the country for a better set-up.

Now that might not sound like a whole lot, but when you factor in that it was in car, via boat and on foot in the freezing cold it becomes a little more involved. And all that ended in a four-hour hike around/over a mountain to get to the righthand pointbreak that eventually gave them the gift they were looking for.

Scoring it to themselves, even viewers can recognize that the juice was worth the squeeze for Lipke and Zubizarreta.

As Lipke says after surfing in the video, “Probably the craziest experience I’ve ever had. Such a mission and then scoring, wooh!”

If you’re willing to go the extra mile and find that unbeaten path, many times it will pay off.

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