I started surfing about 4 years ago in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since then, this hobby has taught me more about myself than 25 plus years of competitive team sports have. The only pressure to perform here is how well you take your next wave.
Here are some of my favourite surf pictures and stories so far. I´ve been fortunate enough to surf on 4 continents, finding enjoyment in each and every break I´ve dragged my board onto.
Hawaii – where it all began
Mauritius – not the best waves by Le Morne (I had to take a boat out to them and they weren´t anything to shout home about but I did see some dolphins underneath my board and that was unforgettable!
Denmark – Cold, not known for surfing but oh such waves!
Løkken – the beach break closest to my home away from home in Jutland
Cold Hawaii, Klitmøller / Vorupør. My favourite surf spot in Denmark
Indonesia – a surfer´s paradise
Jungut Batu – Nusa Lembongan Island – my favourite surf spot in Indonesia – on a small island with very few cars on it
Balangan Beach – the first place I surfed in Indonesia. The break is quite a rough one and it´s popular but there´s a laidback feel to life in these parts that I liked
Batu – Bolong – an easy but crowded break in Canggu, Bali. Truly a surf Mekka
Hawai – land of Earth, air, water and fire. Of all the places I have visited, it stands out as one of the most spectacular. In many ways, I find it hard to believe that Hawaii is part of The United States – it seems so genuine and humble by comparison to the mainland. Here’s a video of one of my best trips yet, and a bunch of photos to boot.
Waipio Valley / Hawi
North Shore (Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach)
The largest migrating sand dune in Northern Europe. Some call it the Danish Sahara, others make do with calling it Råbjerg Mile. Whatever your preference – this natural wonder is a place to behold, as a unique landscape that is very different to everything around it.
These are some of my favourite pictures – in all the years I have been a photographer. For me, they sum up what Denmark´s West coast is all about – rugged, otherworldly shorelines – where the sea and sand clash fervently in their eternal battle.
The pics were taken from the cliff by the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse (see my pictures from this iconic landmark here.)
The old fishing town of Lønstrup, on Jutland´s northern tip has to be one of Denmark´s most beautiful.
Erosion from the might north sea has made its mark in and around Lønstrup. Indeed the well-known landmark, Rudbjerg Knude Lighthouse (see my pictures from this iconic spot, here,) is located not to far away) but the town stands firm – with its quaint houses built on the hilly landscape.
Another of my favourite beaches on the Danish West coast, Slettestrand is a white, sandy beach that´s also great to surf at, if you´re not headed as far up as Cold Hawaii (read my post about Cold Hawaii here)
Believe the hype. The Northwestern stretch of the Danish west coast, commonly referred to as Cold Hawaii, is home to some of the greatest swells in the world. Unlike its American namesake, however, this is not a place of palm-fringed beaches, hula shirts and unending sunsets – it is, as the name suggests, predominantly cold.
Not that this should deter the ardent surfer, however – if you don’t have one already, you can easily purchase a wetsuit in one of the many surf shops in the area. Choose between wetsuits that will keep you warm enough during the cold winter months or thinner suits that’ll have you covered for the months of the year where It’s cold but not blisteringly so.
My favourite spot, when it comes to riding these north shore waves, is around the small town of Vorupør – The waves here break close to the shoreline and will roll you gently in – so a longboard is my personal preference.
Do I prefer Cold Hawaii to the real (American) Hawaii? Well, if I could surf in the latter every day of the year, I would. However, being that I live in Denmark currently, I´ll gladly take Cold Hawaii and its generous offerings, cold or otherwise.