The saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” couldn’t be truer in the doldrums of winter. Especially in a harsh one like that of Norway.
Filmer Jørn Nyseth Ranum and skaters Hermann Stene, Didrik Galasso, Henrik Lund and Karsten Kleppan took that saying to heart in their short film, “Northbound”.
In it, the crew ventures to the remote coast of Norway for a skateboard adventure like no other. Skating on the frozen sands and waters of the beach, they immediately find that it’s possible to skate just about anywhere you want to.
They make due with what’s on the beach, including an old row boat, patches of ice and a gas tank of some kind. The bitter conditions and gorgeous landscape battle each other in the short film, culminating in the skating of what we can presume is a mini ramp they built themselves entirely out of frozen sand.
This Norwegian crew is by no means the first group of skaters to take advantage of natural surroundings to skate on — Bob Burnquist’s skating in the desert comes to mind. But “Northbound” is certainly inspiring, as well as a testament to their creativity and dedication.
If you want to check out how “Northbound” came together, you can watch the documentary “On Thin Ice” about it here.