Monday, December 12, 2016

Night Surfing with Mick Fanning


While his world tour peers are jockeying for waves and points on the North Shore, Mick Fanning is standing on a desolate beach in Norway, the sky ready to open up and dump snow. "I don't think I'm well," he says. "I can go anywhere in the world. Boardshorts, whatever. But no, I come here."
He's not complaining. He's actually in awe.
A couple weeks before, Fanning decided he wanted to surf under the famed Northern Lights. It would be a dramatic way to cap off a year spent mostly away from contests, chasing new waves in farflung places.
The proposal came to him through Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth, who'd been talking for two years about, and trying to figure out how to pull off, shooting surfing under the planet's greatest light show.