Surfing Raglan, New Zealand

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When our Stray bus rolled up at the Kariori Lodge we had a quick introduction about our accommodation for the night before it was time for us to get ready to do what we came there to do, which was surfing.
Board and surfboard hire was super reasonably priced at 20 bucks for an hour which then also included driving to whichever place had the best waves and rinsing of the wetsuits afterwards. I have always had to do that myself before, so that was nice for a change!
The beach we went to was right between town and the lodge. The sand was black and the waves were rough. I was there on quite a windy day, so it all was a bit messy with waves coming from all sides at the same time but I managed to have a couple of long rides all the way into the shallow waters. I still wish I would have come on a more calm and sunny day though to see what New Zealand’s most famous surf spot is like on its best.
A really cool thing about the Kariori Lodge was that lots of glowworms could be seen on its driveways at night. They also had a house calles “the barn” that was separated from the rest of the camp so that the ones who wanted could party all night and the rest could just have a quiet night around the bonfire or resting for morning surf sessions.

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On a longboard across Norway: from Sweden to Hell

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It all started with hosting a Swiss couchsurfer who was longboarding Norway from North to South and had told me about a travel show called “Long decks, Long Treks” where people were traveling long ditstances with just their longboards. I had previously longboarded quite a few kilometers between Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan, and had looked for similar trips close to where I live, and longboarding the country East to West was the obvious answer.

I had taken Friday off work, thinking that it would take a full two or three days to longboard the 80 kilometers from the Swedish border to a town called Hell on the coast of Norway, but in fact I managed to push through the journey across Norway in just one day.

The trip started off with a bus ride from Trondheim to Storlien shopping center, a free bus that runs every day for anyone wanting to buy cheaper beer, cigarettes and bacon in our neighboring country Sweden. The first 25 kilometers from there were a bliss, with long hills downward to a town called Meråker. The local newspaper also heard about what I was doing and sent a cameraman over to make a video report. From Meråker it was over a 50 kilometer push on flat ground, which was quite tough and on rough terrain, but traveling on eye level I got to see a lot of ducks, mice and rabbits and stopped frequently to talk to people and look at the surrounding nature.

Although my legs and back was quite sore the next few days it was a great trip that did not cost me a single cent. Some newspapers have made articles about the trip which you can check out on these links (in Norwegian):

Longboarding Across Norway Video Article- Adresseavisa July 25th 2015 & trd.by online newspaper

Longboarding Across Norway – Stavanger Aftenblad/Byas July 27th 2015

Longboarding Across Norway- Øyposten July 31st

 

Across Norway

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Øyposten article

Weekend Trip to Whistler, Canada Video

“So, do you have any plans for the weekend? ”

“Ehh, just going to Canada for a couple of days to go skiing”