Surfing regular huge waves just ain’t enough for former world champ Mick Fanning.
The Aussie headed out to Lofoten, Norway to surf the waves underneath the famous Aurora Borealis. The proposal to do so came from Norweigan photographers Emil Sollie and Mas Grimseth who had pondered for two years the best method of immortalising surfers on the northern lights on camera.
And of course Mick was down for it, the guy has literally fought a shark and won, what can’t he do?
Three-time world champ Fanning decided to take a break from the pressures of the world surfing tour in 2016, after a tumultuous year which saw him lose his older brother and his marriage on top of THAT shark attack. As such he decided to travel the world looking for new waves and challenges.
You’d think going surfing in Norway would be pretty damn cold, but somehow Mick was wearing boardshorts.
“I don’t think I’m well,” he says. “I can go anywhere in the world. Boardshorts, whatever. But no, I come here.”
We agree with your prognosis Mr Fanning, I’d consult a physician if I were you.
While his disregard for the cold might make you shiver, you have to agree that he sure can ride a kick-ass wave! And the photos to show for it are absolutely breathtaking.
What most probably don’t know is that the Northern Lights are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. They can be seen above the magnetic poles – Aurora Borealis in the north and Aurora Australis in the south.
Changes in the colour of the lights are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. Yellow and green are the most common colours and are produced by oxygen molecules nearly 100m above the Earth’s surface. Red, blue and purply coloured auroras are also possible however are much more rare.
Mick Fanning has done some pretty cool things in his life, but nothing quite this illuminating.
Credit: Red Bull / Emil Sollie / Mats Grimseth