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2 Russian Surfers at Pacific in Ice Cold Water

Russian Surfers at Pacific in Ice Cold Water

Posted on December 25, 2014 by tim


Please look outside of your window. Is it cold on this Christmas day? Would you like to take your wetsuit and go surfing? Probably not if you live in Europe or most of USA. However, these Russian guys stay in much more severe weather conditions and still go surfing.

Remember a few days ago there was a posting about frozen Korean ships arriving at Vladivostok? Even the ships were covered with a thick layer of ice, and they were photographed at almost the same location as these surfer guys, on almost the same day.

So it’s really ice water there. You see – even in the first photo, there is snow covering mountains near the shore. Want to see more of these surfers? Yuri, the blogger, has visited them on the shore and took the photos and the story from them.  See details inside:

Middle of December, near Vladivostok city on the Russian Pacific coast. Temperature outside is -15. Temperature of the water is zero degrees centigrade or 32 F. Strong winds and some snowing.

“We were waiting for the waves this whole week. They didn’t come alone – they arrived together with snow and winds. But this won’t stop us”, say the Vladivostok surfers.

Vladimir the surfer tells the blogger: “It’s the third year in a row that we have surfed in winter. There are around 30 people that I know who enjoy doing this.”

As you can see, some people are already in the ocean in the background.

“The winter waves don’t differ from the summer ones. We use the same boards”, says Mark, another surfer.

You can stay in the water for up to 1.5 hours, say the surfers.

“You can get warm in the car, drink a cup of hot tea and then get back in the sea”.

Ice on the facial hair is normal they say.

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2 Responses to “Russian Surfers at Pacific in Ice Cold Water”

  1. Muzzlehatch says:

    As someone Hawaii-born. I’m happy to see Russians enjoying “The Sport of Kings”.

  2. Miki Dora says:

    Considering that what we’re seeing here is in the very protected waters of Peter-the-Great’s Gulf, itself located in the protected waters of the Sea of Japan, these are very excellent, very well lined-up waves, more resembling that which occurs on the shores of the world’s oceans, instead of protected seas and gulfs.

    Wetsuit technology has progressed to the point where surfing is now able to be practiced anywhere in the world, from Antarctica to Arctic Ocean.

    I look forward to seeing the continued development of Russian Surfing, and am even more eagerly looking forward to seeing what as-yet undiscovered waves shall be found by intrepid travelers to the easterly coastlines extending from the Kuril Islands, all the way up along the entire coastline of Kamchatka.

    World-class waves, as yet unridden, await.

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