I was invited to run the surf school for Torkild and Anne, the people who own the house on the beach in Hoddevik.
The surf in Norway had been small for ages before the week I was going to go with my 7 year old son Sam..I asked johan if he'd like to tag along with his 5 year old son Jakob and he naturally jumped on the opportunity to get a week of free accomodation and food ...and of course..SURF...
We took off at 8pm on the saturday night with the kids in the back, the dvd on play, and after 11hrs of driving in pleasant 'light all night' driving conditions we arrived the next day to double overhead offshore pumping barrells!!!
We scored big time because it had been flat for ages there... and it went flat after we left.
Both Jakob and Sam were powering on the surfboards all week..Sam was paddling onto whitewater and standing up all by himself after 2 days...!!! Jakob is a couple of years younger than Sam so he was a little more hesitant but that will come as he gets a bit older..
There were skateboards there and perfect roads to learn on so the kids went off on them, there was child-minding so the kids had heaps of really fun activities to do so we parents got a break now and then and there was, of course the surf.
Johan and I had a couple of really EPIC evening sessions and the pictures taken by professional photographer Thomas Bickhardt show some of the size we got..his name is on the photo's he took..hope you don't mind I put them in Thomas!!??!!
We drank beers with the crew every night in the boathouse and a few nights got pretty rowdy..hahaha..
I had surf lessons every day between 1 and 4pm and taught about 30 people how to surf ! 25 of them stood up and surfed in on the whitewater in the first lesson..I thought that was pretty good so it was a real rush to watch them learn so quickly.
All in all it was a fantastic trip and I can't wait to go back again..Thanks to Torkild and Anne for all their hospitality...RAT
Kittil (a Hoddevik local)bottom turns on a clean one
Above is an ozzie called Seamus doing a really nice reo. He is the Ocean and Earth rep in norway.We had a classic surf with him at midnight one night,(it was light all night!!)
Under, is me doing a roundhouse cutty and a couple of shots of me lining one up.
Johan and Anne in the infamous boathouse on a 35 deg sunny afternoon in beautiful hoddevik, must be one of the most spectacularly beautiful places I have ever been to.
Under this photo is the white 'surf house' in the background.
Johan refuelling for the night surf sessions and extra curricular activities..hahahaJakob showing off his skateboarding scars
Sam hangin loose
2 surf school students scoffing out
The master and the apprentice