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.
Big thanks to Yury for the photos!