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All of the different locations had to be painstakingly accessed and checked by four wheel drive. This is not your standard surf destination.© 2014 Nixon
The weather dominated this trip. The Northern latitudes are normally a constant balancing act between swell direction and wind. Whilst conditions were always challenging, there were some fun waves to be had. William Aliotti braving the cold.© 2014 ElliMagnusson
Vincent Duvignac getting a dose of hot water to try and bring him back to life.© 2014 Nixon
There is really Nothern European look to the terrain that will seem very familiar to the Celts who read this. Eric Rebiere.© 2014 Nixon
Eventual winner Vincent Duvignac was the keenest to brave the conditions all week.© 2014 Elli Magnusson
The island's most famous wave is perhaps a right, but there are plenty of lefts too.© 2014 Elli Magnusson
Bizarely, Iceland probably had some glimpses of the best weather in Northern Europe on the second weekend.© 2014 Elli Magnusson
Vincent Duvignac on a better looking wave than most will get to ride this weekend.© 2014 BastienBonnarme
Vincent Duvignac again busting out despite the thick layers of rubber.© 2014 Bastien Bonnarme
Not all the action took place in the water, there was genuine comradery between the competitors as people took time to enjoy meeting each other as much as the trip itself.© 2014 AlexLaurel
Chippa Wilson smashing the lip as is his wont.© 2014 AlexLaurel
DUVIGNAC ON TOP OF THE WORLD AT NIXON SURF CHALLENGE 2013
“Iceland was a first for me, and I just knew it was going to be amazing. I’ve never surfed waves as cold as in Iceland - just 2 degrees! It was super-tough to surf well in those conditions, but the beauty of the landscape, and the hot springs, made it that bit easier to bear. It was a real surf trip - no pressure, just pure joy and a sick new adventure! Thanks to Nixon for making it happen.” Gony Zubizarreta
The 12th edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge, in association with Monster Energy, Dragon and Reef, headed all the way north to Iceland last week for an incredible adventure just below the Arctic Circle. After a week of exploring the volcanic island and surfing little-known breaks peppered along Iceland dramatic coastline, France’s Vincent Duvignac was voted Best Overall by his fellow surfers. The 25-year-old stood out from the crowd thanks to his tireless motivation to score waves despite the freezing temperatures, as well as his consistently impressive performances in the glacial water.
Reflecting on his victory in Iceland from the altogether warmer climate of Brazil where he’s currently competing in an ASP Prime event, Duvignac said: “I was so pumped to walk away from Iceland as the Best Overall surfer. There’s nothing quite like the Nixon Surf Challenge, and the opportunity to explore new and deserted spots is always pretty special, particularly when the landscape you travel through is as incredible as it is in Iceland. Thanks to all the surfers and everyone behind the scenes - it’s an experience I’ll always remember, and I hope to be back next year.”
“The Nixon Surf Challenge picked up where previous editions left off, and then stepped it up a notch. A great group of surfers, empty surf spots, awe-inspiring natural beauty and sick surf sessions no matter what time of day it was thanks to 24-hour daylight - a winning formula if ever there was one.”Franck Corbery Marketing Manager Nixon
Australia’s Chippa Wilson walked away with the Best Trick award, doing just about enough in the eyes of his fellow surfers to edge out William Aliotti. Armed with his huge arsenal of aerial tricks and an uncanny ability to eek the most out of the conditions, Chippa took to Iceland like a duck to water. “This is about as different as it gets for me, but that’s the beauty of it. There aren’t many places in the world that bring a handful of surfers and snowboarders together on the beach, but with snow-covered mountains running all the way down the ocean, that’s exactly what happened in Iceland. The whole experience was pretty magical, and it’s weeks like this that help to remind us all why we fell in love with surfing in the first place.”
The third and final award was the ‘I Rocked Iceland’ prize. And that went to the Canary Islands’ Jose Maria Cabrera. Bursting with positive energy throughout the trip, Cabrera was a veritable force of nature that embraced the daily challenge of paddling out in barely-above freezing water temperatures while still finding the energy to party with the best of them on fun-fueled nightlife adventures in Reykjavik with the likes of long-time Nixon team rider Eric Rebiere.
Full video recap of the event to follow next week. Check the event website HERE
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
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Big old Tasmanian tubes and Marti Paradisis in the land of empty slabs.