Surfing Scandinavia: Optical Confection from Norwegian Lensman Sondre Forsell
Scandinavian Lensman Sondre Forsell
“It is the great north wind that made the Vikings” -Scandinavian Proverb
Norway’s surf is best in the winter season, with cold swells building from strong storms churning up the North Atlantic. Although surfing is relatively new to the Norwegian coastline, the number of surfers in the lineup grows each year, with numerous local skilled surfers tearing apart the Norse waves.
Hailing from the west coast of Norway, Sondre Forsell is an up and coming Scandinavian filmmaker and photographer. Sondre began shooting video and taking photographs initially as a teenage hobby, with his focus quickly gravitating toward capturing the wave-riding action taking place on the surrounding shores. While steadily building a name for himself in his field, he works closely with Denmark-based surf enthusiasts OH DAWN. While Sondre still works a day job, he is currently turning his hobby into a promising and passionate career path.
With interest in off-the-beaten-path surfing frontiers growing and cold water surfing getting more and more coverage each year, Sondre has found himself situated quite nicely to fulfill his dream.
Feast your eyes on a recent gallery and short film edit of Norwegian optical confections as captured by Sondre Forsell.
Throwing some spray in Scandinavian waters
“The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone” -Henrik Ibsen
“Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul” -Edvard Munch
“A boy’s will is the will of the wind.” -Norse Proverb
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” -Wyland
“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.” – Robert Henri
“The waves of the sea help me get back to me.” -Jill Davis
Going straight up in Scandinavia
“Happy is he who hath in himself praise and wisdom in life.” -Norse Poverb
“Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” -Thor Heyerdahl
“To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them, What stranger miracles are there?” -Walt Whitman
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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.