Poland's Swell to Kick Off the Year

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We love hearing about waves in unexpected places, in fact, there are few things that get us more excited.

The Baltic Sea is never going to be the next stop on your surfing bucket list – freezing waters, windy conditions and a stretch of water so short that any travelling swell meets land again before it's had a chance to collect strength – But after receiving word of waves in Poland to kick off the new year, we deemed it worthy of a closer look.

"Let's face it, it's only Baltic Sea, but still we try to surf whenever we can," explains Polish surfer Krzysztof Jędrzejak. "Not many people can imagine swell like this in Poland and it doesn't happen very often."

Polish waves after hurricane Felix

Polish waves after hurricane Felix

© 2020 - Krzysztof Jędrzejak

But with some unusually warm weather for the season, Poland's coastlines have seen a flurry of wave action at the start of 2015. Ok, it's not exactly heart stopping stuff, but for Polish surfers, a chance to get wet every weekend has been reason to grin.

"We had weak season during autumn and it's unusual 'cos September always used to be the month when it all starts," says Krzysztof. "Winter has been much better, we can expect incoming swell almost every weekend and there's been lots of storms like Felix last weekend. When the wind's stopped, there are clean lines with a period of around 10 seconds.

"Now is around 4 degrees in the water, but for this winter air temperature is high because it's above 0. Normally it might be minus 10 around now."

Poland hasn't quite developed a full scale community of dedicated surfers, according to Krzysztof there's only about 50 surfers in the country, but numbers in the water battling the cold have noticeably increased year on year.

Krzysztof Jędrzejak last weekend in Władysławowo, Poland

Krzysztof Jędrzejak last weekend in Władysławowo, Poland

© 2020 - Dominik Sadowski