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Mick Fanning surfs the Northern Lights and it’s every bit as awesome as you imagine

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.

According to the Northern Lights Centre:

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south…

Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.

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.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.

Mick Fanning rides the waves underneath the Northern lights in Norway.
Credit: Red Bull / Emil Sollie / Mats Grimseth

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