Salty West Coast Breeze

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Gåsö, Lysekil, West Coast of Sweden, 12/5-2017

From the Atlantic waves, I´m back at the Swedish west coast for a while. The warming sun seems to follow me as I´m welcomed by really nice temperatures (even though short lasting) and perfect conditions for little adventures with "The White Dolphin" (my SUP) :-)




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Taking advantage of the good weather, we are out at the west coast with the sailing boat to film above- and underwater, and hopefully get some curious seal encounters...












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A day with "The Muecks" on board "Eja" can look like this :-)













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During the calm afternoons I like to escape for a while to explore the coast line a bit further. In total quietness, and in company of the wildlife and the moon, I then cruise the islands with the paddleboard.

The cute seals seems to be wondering about my strange behaviour when seeing me "walking" on the water as they curiousily keep following me. Such charming creatures they are those curious, yet shy marine mammals!






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I so adore the soft, red coloured west coast cliffs! With the SUP, it´s easy to make some landings to feel the sun-warmed cliffs underneath the feet, while enjoying the scenery surrounded.






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Back onboard Eja, the sun slowly gets lower bit by bit...










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Each sunset is special in its own way. To observe how the sun dives into the Ocean is simply so awesome and such a cozy and soothing activity! After sunset follows a long lasting dayset...

Long, bright Scandinavian evenings, a sign that summer is close!










Gone Surfing!

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Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands 29/4-2017

During my last week in Fuerteventura, I´ve been joining a 6 days surf course with Sunwave Surfcamp, who are based in Corralejo. For a long time, I´ve had in mind that I would love to try wave-surfing, but still I haven´t been doing so. Life is too short to postpone things for too long, so here we go, it´s time to learn surfing!




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Being my very first time trying the waves on a surf board, it does feel a bit "wingly wongly" to get up on the board at first... ;-)

It is at the beach, and in shallow water, where I learn to make my first "pop-ups" and to get used to stand on the board while surfing the small, white, broken waves.

Photo credits to: #sunwavesurfcamp





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The advantage of surfing the broken waves at the beach, is that they are many and constant, giving us endless numbers of waves to practice on.

And so fun it is!! With eager motivation to learn and more practice, the better the result gets and I feel more and more stable on the board.






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When feeling confident with the white waves in shallow water, it´s then time to try some more waves a little bit further out from the beach.




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After lots of fun above (and underneath) the beach break, I get the opportunity to join the surf group to a reef break at the north-tip of the island. Now, I get to practice more paddling, and I also start learn how to position myself to be able to catch some of the waves.







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As always, time flies way to quickly when having fun...

Many thanks to everybody at Sunwave Surfcamp for an awesome time together and for great surf coaching!

I ´m already looking forward to get back on a board to practice more among the salty waves! But first, it´s time to head back to Scandinavia for some island life at the beautiful westcoast of Sweden :-)










Atlantic Waves

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Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain 21/4-2017

From the amazing fjords and gorgeous snowy mountain peaks in Norway, I suddenly find myself surrounded by soft sun-heated sand and an infinite blue Atlantic horizon.

Just a few flight hours from my last Scandinavian destination, I'm now on Fuerteventura, the second largest island of the Canary Islands, where we hope to get some wind in the kite-sails :-)











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Based in Corralejo, on the nort-east side, we are close to one of the more popular kite spots on the island.

The clear, blue water is so inviting, and the 18 °C salty surrounding feels refreshing for both body and mind!

More and more kitesurfers arrives as the day goes on and the wind picks up, and it doesn´t take long before both beach and water gets crowded with sails in different colours and sizes.






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We decide to look what more places there are to enjoy nature´s power. What side of the island we go to explore further kite-places is mostly depending on the wind, and we hope to find a place where it is not so crowded...

We end up in El Cotillo, a village on the north-west shore.








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A big Atlantic swell has just been reaching the island, making it an adrenaline filled play-ground for surfers alike. Such a pretty sight it is, and what an incredible feeling it must be to surf those powerful waves!







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The beach just south of El Cotillo is our next spot for more kitesurf. The entire west coast is exposed to the great power of the Atlantic which often shows on the great swell that rules the beach.





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With one year between now and my last kitesurf sessions in St. Lucia in the Caribbean, it now feels a bit nervous to face the white beach breaks with kite and board ready in my hands. However, the swell has decreased enough also for me to safely be able to enter the water...

So much I love the Ocean but with great respect! Finally, all surrounded by the white water, I get up on the board and head out through the second set of breaking waves to soon thereafter find myself on the much calmer body of water further out from shore.

I´m kiting the blue Atlantic!









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When there is too little wind to be kitesurfing, we explore more of the variating coast line...












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... as well as the much drier and more mountainous parts of the island.














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In the end of the day, however, we always find ourselves close to the salty blue again. At dayset, we have the entire vast sand dunes and beach more or less all for ourselves.

What is more soothing than being close to (or in) the sea while observing nature´s endless variations of beauty?











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Now, the Ocean is calling for me again!

But this time, I won´t bring neither snorkel or scuba gear, nor kite. There is something I have been wanting to try for a long time, but yet haven´t done...

If there is something one want to try or do, we shouldn´t wait too long. One day it will be too late.

So here we go, I´m off on my new little life adventure! :-)