WATCH: The First Polish Strike Mission

Jason Lock

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Updated 201d ago

This could well be the first surf/travel flick out of Poland. The premise: when those wintry pulses cease up in the frosty grips of Polish winter, where to head? (Yes, Poland has waves, see HERE). This trip is aptly titled Freezing to Cold, documenting a bunch of Polish surfers travelling to their version of warmer waters – in the arctic.

Think, a few mins packed with unfiltered stoke “minus the palm trees”. And while cuts have been made about Poland's surf scene, this is the first out of the country focusing on a dedicated strike locale. Lofoten's the destination and, equipped with a stack of full rubber suits, an eclectic quiver; these rippers ain't that fussed about finding a warm retreat, in fact, the opposite being the original aim - their quest to surf the coldest places on the planet, well, colder than the Baltic anyway.

© 2018 - Edit by Dzida Film Studio

“This is about searching for cold water destinations, outside of Poland,” says Krzysztof Jedrzejak, the lensman along for this project.

“Our story begins in Władysławowo where we documented our surf session during one of the coldest days ever. Water was around 1℃, air -10℃ with strong onshore winds. Then, three days after, we packed our stuff and took a flight to Norway.

"Unstad - Lofoten was our destination, where we stayed for five days shooting. We expected temperatures would be worse than our homeland, but it turned out it was way warmer. We can easily say that the Baltic Sea is one of the coldest surfing destinations on Earth.

“The waves were amazing, there was only one smaller day when we decided to swap the boards and went snowboarding. We were even lucky enough to score the northern lights, two days in a row. 

“It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to. Breath taking views such as snow covered cliffs, crystal clear ocean, great village vibe, everything wrapped up in one place.

“We are hoping to explore new cold water destinations outside Europe, to find the one, colder then our local spots". Scroll down for a full gallery, if the final shot doesn't get ya, I'm not sure what will.

Kuba Kuzia.

Kuba Kuzia.

© 2018 - Krzysztof Jedrzejak

Behind the lens, Krzysztof Jedrezejak.

Behind the lens, Krzysztof Jedrezejak.

Kuba, where the mountains meet the sea.

Kuba, where the mountains meet the sea.

© 2018 - Krzysztof Jedrzejak