Norway is one of the last surfing frontiers. The battered coastline is punctuated by secluded breaks. 10km in from the coast and the mountains start, stunning Fjords and, of course, mountain passes characterise the country as a truly epic place to skate and surf.
In terms of skating, Norway is awesome. The roads are quiet, wide, and waiting for you. The only thing holding you back is your own nerve. Some of the descents are steep, fast and winding be prepared for a bail or two. The scenery is stunning, expect big mountains, Fjords, Tunnels (everywhere) snow and glaciers stretching down to the waters edge.
We were drawn to Norway for both surfing and skating. The coast is generally rocky and fringed with islets and skerries; getting around can be time consuming. The Jaeren area, extending from Stavanger down to Eigersund has the highest density of spots. The tides in this part of Norway are tiny which means pretty much any time of day is a good time, a strange sensation as a British surfer.
Norway has only really been surfed since the 1990s as wetsuit technology developed, there is now a thriving little surfing community, but still very little infrastructure in terms of surf shops or hire centres. We contacted Rune of http://surfschool.no/ to sort us out with boards rather than flying our own out there, what we didn’t know is that this would also secure us a guide for the duration of our trip.
There are popular beaches and these do get ‘crowded’ but use your nose, the majority of the Jaeren coast is ripe with empty line-ups, you just need to go looking. Rune was a great source of knowledge, feeding us with an analysis of the weather conditions and where to head. The main concentration of surfers head to the Jaeren area but if you travel north the crowds drop off almost instantly.
Because the tides are small the sand bars produce consistent waves, pulsing hollow barrels of clear blue perfection peel unrelenting against the isolated shores of Jaeren.
The locals are friendly, stoked to have a new person to surf with, interested in your story and surfing in the U.K. The best time to go is between October and May when the winter swells still pump onto the shore. Summer tends to be a little less consistent but definitely warmer. Winter can be cold in Norway, hoods, boots and gloves are standard place, at 4-5 degrees C the sea temperature is chilly but go prepared and you’ll love it. Post surf, nothing beats a beer and a skate.
Pack your Nomad and get riding!