If you have any preconceived notions that skateboarding is an activity only for sunny days in concrete-filled cities, a new video featuring four skateboarders riding on frozen sand on a Norwegian beach is sure to dispel them.
In the new short film Northbound, four skateboarders head to the north of Norway to skate on frozen beaches. The skaters, which are described as four of Norway’s most talented, head north to the cold coast, and apply urban skills “to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies” in Norway’s picturesque Lofoten islands.
Northbound – or Mot Nord – features skateboarders Hermann Stene, Didrik Galasso, Henrik Lund, Kartsen Kleppan, who even skate on what they say is the world’s first mini-ramp made out of frozen sand and water.
The film’s director Jørn Nyseth Ranum described making the film on the official website, explaining that “in the beginning people were really sceptical about the whole idea. Everyone thought it was a cool idea, but they were unsure if it was going to work in real life”. However, they were able to build the ramp by creating a frame of wood that was then filled with sand and water. They were then able to film in the short hours of light available in wintry Norway, from about 10 am until 2:30 pm, when there was just enough light to shoot.
The film has clearly inspired many, gaining more than 500,000 videos on Vimeo and travelling to a number of festivals, even earning a special jury mention at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
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