Wallpaper* & Parajumpers: Arctic surfing
This latest episode of Parajumpers’ visual travelogue takes us back to the wilds of Iceland
This latest episode of Parajumpers’ visual travelogue takes us back to the wilds of Iceland. But rather than Haukur Pórarinsson's Reykjavik horse farm, we start this icy journey where the snow meets the sea.
Here, in the polar region’s northernmost tip we meet arctic surfers Ingólfur Már Olsen and Hreinn Eliasson, who have taken their passion for extreme weather sports and turned it into a business as the country’s only surfing tour operators, Arctic Surfers.
‘It happened on the back of snowboarding,’ begins Olsen. ‘When I first heard of it I was like, “Really surfing in Iceland? You’ve got to be kidding,”’ he says of the Arctic's turbulent deep blue sea and greyscale landscape that first lured him off the slopes in the late Nineties. ‘But I really enjoyed it. Surfing, the sport itself, it's travelling, it's outdoor, it's nature and it's healthy, it's fitness. So it's a perfect thing to do.’
In addition to discovering the country’s best surf spots, the pair’s unique knowledge of the frozen landscape unearths Iceland's untouched natural beauty from its reefs to glaciers, caves, waterfalls and hot springs. As one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers, a deep understanding of the ocean, and its perils, is just as important as one’s gear.
As all surfers know, they often spend as much time sitting on the shoreline watching the waves as they do in the water and to meet these needs Parajumpers’ creative director Massimo Rossetti has once again pushed the brand’s technical boundaries with its new Type N-3B Flea Market Parka for A/W 2015.
This outerwear jacket has been designed with warmth at the forefront for the total comfort of the extreme weather sportsman. The Flea Market Parka is made up of 730 fill power down inside a water resistant, treated micro ottoman shell with breathable lamination, a detachable faux fur lined hood, real fur trim, button up storm flaps and hand warmer pockets. After all, in these parts you have no choice but to walk through the snow before you hit the sand. 'In the morning, when we're ready to go on the road, we don't always know where we're going,' Eliasson adds. 'We just chase the position and the weather, and the swell and the waves.'