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Oli Adams pulling into Nirvana.© 2014 Jan Bijl
The trip was not always blessed with perfect surf, but this particular session more than made up for the dry spells. Oli Adams savours the moment.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Locals pissed that their waves have been found© 2014 Jan Bijl
Clear water, clear sky, clear aim to get safely spat of this beefy keg.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Yannick and Oli not finding what they are looking for.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Yannick de Jager and the jewelled sea© 2014 Jan Bijl
In and out© 2014 Jan Bijl
layers of land which occasionally align into perfect set-ups, you just have to head out and find them.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Oli takes to the air, bored after 20 plus barrels.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Yannick looking sharp in tangerine orange.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Racking up the miles on the local overground.© 2014 Jan Bijl
It's fair to say this trip involved more fence hopping and field trudging than a typical wave riding trip.© 2014 Jan Bijl
A tasty melon air over some well aligned coastal geology.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Yannick and a gut-wrenchingly gorgeous setup.© 2014 Jan Bijl
What story lies behind this cross? Fascinating but probably forever unknown.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Holiday snaps and a photo-bombing seagull.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Oli keeping warm. 20 hours of daylight can be hard to get used to.© 2014 Jan Bijl
With severely limited evening activities, beer was an absolute necessity. And rum... And....© 2014 Jan Bijl
Late evening stoke.© 2014 Jan Bijl
“I wanted to hit these spots on light wind days because I think we are seeing a lot of sick vids coming out of the UK and Ireland, but they are generally barrels,” said Oli. “I really want to showcase how high performance some of our waves can be.”© 2014 Jan Bijl
David Doom, Yannick and Oli, scoping out a promising set-up, completely devoid of swell.© 2014 Jan Bijl
Warming up and drying out can be a challenge without central heating.© 2014 Jan Bijl
There was no shortage of picturesque backdrops.© 2014 Jan Bijl
A landscape to make you feel small.© 2014 Jan Bijl
The Cold Islands video series followed Yannick de Jager and Oli Adams as they journeyed north in search of flawless cold water setups. This album tells the story behind the videos, capturing the on-foot exploration, stunning scenery and crystal clear tubes that left the two protagonists brimming with stoke.
“I think because I grew up with the cold and the fresh air, it just makes me feel more at home,” says the Dutch ripper, Yannick de Jager. “At the same time it’s all new because every place we visit, every island we see, there’s a completely different landscape.”
Not content with tube hunting alone, Oli Adams hoped the trip would also showcase the potential of this region for progressive surfing. “I wanted to hit these spots on light wind days because I think we are seeing a lot of sick vids coming out of the UK and Ireland, but they are generally barrels, I really want to showcase how high performance some of our waves can be.”
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