New project from the - Arctic January - crew

For many years I’ve had the idea of travelling around the Nordics and documenting how it is to be a surfer here. Not so much showing the perfect days and unicorn moments, but rather a true as possible portrait of the surf culture here.

I teamed up with my good friend Jonathan Strömberg last winter and made ‘Arctic January’, and I really fell in love with the filmmaking aspect of the trade. It’s so different from photography, but also so similar. We had a couple of long talks this summer, accompanied by many beers, and in the end we decided to pull the plug and make this happen. We’re both in a period of our lives where we’re able to do a thing like this on our own, so why not?

Picking the surfers turned out to be one of the most difficult things in the pre production process, and in the beginning I wanted to include everyone. Like, everyone. In the end I had to go with the ones I thought were going to bring something unique and something that would be a good fit to the storyline. There are so many pioneers and legends that I would’ve loved to have in it.

I don’t want people to expect a sort of all-star, perfect wave sort of surf film. This is going to be a story based film, where the surfer’s will shine as much on land as in the water. We want to dig deep into what makes them unique, similar, and do what they are doing. We have full time pros and weekend warriors in the film, and I can’t wait to share their stories with the world.

Hallvard Kolltveit

Follow this two years project here

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