For reasons not entirely mysterious, the Arctic Circle and its neighboring reaches of frost-ridden tundra have been largely ignored by the surf-starved wave riders. It’s just too friggin’ cold.
Not all people are easily deterred, though, and such is the case with surfer/artist Ben Weiland. German born and San Diego bred, Weiland has spent much of his life on the road in search of surf. His travels inevitably led him to the outskirts of civilization in the north, and this led him to start a blog to document his frozen adventures: arcticsurfblog.com.
As a man of many talents, Ben has built quite the intriguing web space, filled with updates on his exploits in several mediums, including photo, video, and illustration. Below is his latest piece of cinema, a short documentary glimpse of the preparation process required for his latest excursion, a trip to the Kamchatka Peninsula on Russia’s eastern tip. Along for the ride are Cyrus Sutton, Keith Malloy, Trevor Gordon, and Dane Gudauskas. Assuming they make it back alive, we should be seeing the footage from the trip on Ben’s blog sometime soon.