Extreme surfing: Cold feet on Arctic ice boards

first_imgWegge started out by cutting ice blocks from a frozen lake with a circular saw but found they were too full of air and too soft to last more than 10 minutes.So he and his team of fellow surf enthusiasts built a mold and installed it in a fishery refrigeration plant at minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus four degrees Fahrenheit) in the fishing port of Svolvaer.The steel-hard ice blocks that come out are shaped with a sculptor’s tool and strewn with seaweed so surfers can hold their footing.Staying upright on slippery boards with cold feet was half the battle as Wegge and his pals tested their latest ice boards in February, balling their eyes shut again the snow, driven vertically across the wave by the winter gales.“Next time we will make 20 to 30 boards and use all of them in one day. We are going to make it work,” he said. NVGRELATED STORIES:Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedomIn South Africa, disabled surfers thrill at catching a wave Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting It’s hard, heavy, brittle and melts away without trace.Norway’s Inge Tamburaci Wegge, 32, head of the Iceboard project, poses with a surfboard made of ice, on the Delp surf spot, near Straumnes, in the Lofoten Islands, over the Arctic Circle, on February 18, 2019. Image: Olivier MORIN / AFPBut ice is the material of choice for Inge Wegge, who sculps chunks of it and uses it for a most unlikely purpose — to make surfboards.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Errol Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Mikey Garcia “When I talked about it to people, they thought it was a joke. It was too crazy. I had to make it come true,” he said.Just before the blocks melt, the ice boards lose their bulk and weight and achieve perfect symmetry.For a brief span, the ice block becomes the ideal surfing machine.Then it vanishes.“The first 20 minutes, they are surfable,” he said. “Then just perfect for two or three minutes — you need the right waves just then — and then (after that they are) too fragile.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The Norwegian adventurer rides the ice boards on the waves off Norway’s Lofoten archipelago north of the Arctic circle.The blocks weigh 60-80 kilograms (132-176 pounds) against two or three kilograms for the classic board. They are hard to carry, difficult to float and tough to balance on with cold feet. And they melt away within minutes in seawater warmed by the Gulf Stream.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSo why bother?Extreme surfer and filmmaker Wegge, 33, has spent nine months trying to carve the perfect ice board. Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget PLAY LIST 01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img

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