THE SURFING VIKING
THE SURFING VIKING
This blog begins in Sri Lanka together with two fold Danish Surf Champion and Suntribesman Oliver Hartkopp. I met Oliver at La Point surf camps in Sri Lanka. The guy is pure stoke. Between running from surf spot to surf spot, back to the camp for food and power naps, I managed to get a few words in. But before the words, let’s have a look at a video Suntribe produced with Oliver in his element.
My name is Oliver Hartkopp. I’m from the cold North of Denmark and I’m 22 years of age. I spend most of my time in the oceans around the world surfing all different kind of waves. I’m multiple times Danish junior champ and 2x Danish surfing champion. I lived in the Danish capital Copenhagen when I was younger, but moved to Klitmöller when I was 16 to pursue surfing.
Yeah I moved alone, pretty much to pursue surfing.
It is pretty sick there. There’s a lot of waves, and the community there is like a big family. Yeah the stoke there is strong. I don’t really know why it’s such a good place, I think the people who live there are just happy to be where they are. The waves, the nature, the scenery… I think all of that is the cocktail making the stoke in Klitmöller.
When it snows, we take skateboards, take the trucks out and then we pull them after cars. When that gets boring we cross country ski up to a bar on the other side of town, have a few drinks and then cross-country ski home.
Definitely Lofoten, that one was of the coolest experiences I’ve had. It’s so crazy beautiful, you get really good waves, there’s no one out. It makes you feel like your so little in the strong claws of nature. And then of course California is always a winner. I was there for one and a half month this year and that always brings out my stoke.
Hmm, not quite actually, I’ve been living a pretty sweet life the last couple of months. Maybe a new car? I would love a new car actually. Maybe one of those new electric cars? Tesla, you hearing this?
Coming from Denmark I don’t really. The sun in Denmark never really has enough power to make me sunburned. But whenever I go south of the border I always bring sunscreen. Both the zinc sunblock (in the tin) and the regular zinc sunscreen.
Over lunch we discussed the expression around Tavaha – a movement centered around taking care of the ocean. Both in cleaning out the bad stuff, and by not putting any more bad stuff in there. Be it plastic or sunscreen or anything else that doesn’t belong.
Yes, I heard about it many years ago in Norway! It’s a super cool movement – I really like it. Ever since I heard about it I’ve been trying to take stuff from the beach everytime after I surf. And I’ve always been very aware of not just throwing my shit everywhere.
I wanna put myself out there showing some good surfing in competitions and see people be surprised when I tell them I’m from Denmark. I’ve always loved competing. Also I’ve got a lot of cool projects coming up, so I’m pretty stoked. The future looks bright right now.
I don’t wanna say to much, because it’s on the way. But it involves a car, a lot of kilometers, and hopefully scoring alot, alot of waves!
I think it’s great. I tried their products recently on a trip to Sri Lanka and I really liked them! I like it because they care both about the environment and the people using it, not stuffing a lot of weird chemicals and stuff in their products.
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