A source of inspiration to us over the winter months is intrepid photographer Yassine Ouhilal, who documents surf culture in some of the worlds coldest waters. A surfer himself, Yassine is Canadian born but ventures further north to the far reaches of Canada, Russia and Iceland where a small number of like-minded surfers escape the hoards in popular areas.

His photographs show surfers poised under the Northern Lights, or catching waves next to mountain glaciers. We’re not used to associating surf culture with ice and snow – we didn’t even really know it existed. While we are all sheltering from the cold, they are actually going in pursuit of it.

Yassine Ouhilal
Yassine Ouhilal

The beauty in these images subtly encourage us to move away from what is safe and towards what is new and perhaps more difficult.

 —Eleanor Findlay


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