I came across this little clip of Swedish surfer, Vera Nording, yesterday. By now I've seen lots of stories of surfing in Scandinavia so the knowledge that there is a thriving surf scene in that part of the world is not new. But until this clip I had not seen any footage of logging.
VERA NORDING from NORDICSURFERSMAG.SE on Vimeo.
This clip is lovely and I was stoked to find it. So much about it is so familiar - the shape of the board, the aesthetic of the design and the way the film is shot, the evoking of Southern California with the soft sunlight light, the happy, cute, girl-next-door surfer, the tattoos - but the overall feeling of steely cold is something unfamiliar too. For me, anyway.
Maybe it's just one of those moments when you realise the pervasiveness of certain aesthetics or ideas across this kind of longboarding. I'm not saying that's a terrible thing - my surfing life is recognisable in this way too - I'm just saying that if I hadn't been told this was Sweden, I could have assumed it was, well, any cold place really. The core in this clip wasn't the specifics of what surfing is like at Halmstad, so much as it was the recognisability of the culture of this style of surfing despite it being in Halmstad.
Anyway, the clip is nice and I like it and you can check out more at the Nordic Surfers Vimeo site.