A trip to the North by Youri Zoon – Brunotti
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‘’After riding flat water spots and chasing tropical destinations for many years, it was time for something new. A kitesurf trip to the Lofoten was always in the back of my mind. And although the Lofoten are known for their small fishing villages and untouched landscapes, I was always wondering if you could kite there!’’

I packed my (board)bags and together with photographer and good friend Orestis Zoumpos, we travelled up north all the way to the Lofoten Islands, Norway.

DAY 1

Exploring the islands

After almost 12 hours of travelling by plane, ferry and car, we finally arrived at our destination in the Lofoten. We dumped our bags in the cabin, and as there was not much wind on the forecast, we decided to explore the island rightaway. The Lofoten were on my list for a while now, and we immediately found out why: these landscapes were impressive!  

DAY 2

Waiting for wind

The weather conditions in the Lofoten can change any minute, so on day 2 we kept our eyes on the forecast and went down to the beach for several surf checks. Although we shot some cool content, the wind didn’t show up that day. 

DAY 3

Time to wing

After two days, the wind picked up! From the outside the conditions looked very good, but once we entered the water, it got super hard. Because of the mountains, the wind was super gusty and sometimes dropped to zero knots out of a sudden, but the mountain ridges rising from the Arctic Sea definitely made up for it. It was definitely not the best session, but it just felt really good to be out there!

DAY 4

Heading south

On day 4, we took a little detour and ended up at the most southern point we could go with the car. We went for a little hike and got rewarded with some amazing views! 

DAY 5

First twintip session

After looking at the forecast and checking out beaches for several days, we already scouted the beach where we wanted to kite. This would defenitely be the right beach for this wind direction. Although the conditions looked very good from the shore, it was not my best session. The wind was super gusty, and the water was choppy. After 30 minutes, the wind direction changed to the North, followed by a temperature drop. With 3 degrees and a gusty 25 knots, it got super cold, but hey we scored a ride!

DAY 6

Second session

On day 6 there wasn’t that much wind on the forecast, but lucky us! We got blessed with a solid 25 knots and went out for a session. Afterwards, it turned out to be my last session in the Lofoten, not a bad one if you’re surrounded by rocky mountain peaks right?! 

DAY 7

Our last day

After an early rise, we spend our last morning in and around the cabin. We realized that although we already spend one week over here, we were still amazed by the amazing sceneries. Although, we didn’t get the most epic conditions we hoped for, the Lofoten has surprised me in every way. 

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