Extreme surfing: Cold feet on Arctic ice boards


first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Wegge 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 MOST READ Errol Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Mikey Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSo why bother?Extreme surfer and filmmaker Wegge, 33, has spent nine months trying to carve the perfect ice board. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img

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