If you’ve got the current issue of the magazine you’ll have enjoyed Mick’s sojourn to the Arctic Circle in search of groundbreaking photos. Here’s some moving pictures to go along with the feature… All photos Trevor Moran/Red Bull
“I don’t think I’m well,” says Mick Fanning to cinematographer Matt Kleiner, laughing about the latest bleak environment he’s found himself in, Norway. Compared to Alaska a few months earlier he’s doing okay, but fresh off a trip to relatively tepid Ireland where he “only wore a hood once!” the Norwegian environment is bracing at best.
Mick is here with a couple of goals in mind. Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth had long wanted to shoot surfing beneath their country’s legendary Northern Lights, and though they knew they had their methods figured out, securing surfing talent was proving an issue. Thankfully a certain Australian three-time world champion stepped up, and as you’ve no doubt seen by now, the results were spectacular.
With the high technology and natural phenomena side of things taken care of, Mick just wanted a good old fashioned surf trip, and with plenty of swell, some wild accommodation, and Kleiner and photographer Trevor Moran on-hand to record the results in a country that is incredibly new to surfing, that’s exactly what he had.
In our ever-evolving Chasing The Shot series, this just might be our favourite release yet. Stay tuned for the same time next week, when we bring you the second and final Norwegian episode with Mick, Trev and the gang. Until then, best of luck to Mick, as he makes his much anticipated return to fulltime competition at Snapper this week.