Riders of the storm – surfing in Finland

Photos & Text Kalle Viira

It is not big or beautiful, but it is the best available and it is there. Autumn storms raise the wind speed to 20 meters per second in Hanko, a small summer destination town on the south-west coast of Finland, and that means the surf is up.

 

“The movement of finnsurf is booming, this spot can see up to a hundred surfers during the first autumn breaks”

The two-hour drive from Helsinki, Finland’s capital, brings over a carload of local board enthusiasts. Snowboarding season is already on in the southern resorts and skateboarders are gathering in indoor arenas, but when the break starts to form there is always time to put on a thick wetsuit and head out to hit those rare +7 degrees celsius waves. Which, believe it or not, is warmer than usual.

”The movement of finnsurf is booming, this spot can see up to a hundred surfers during the first autumn breaks”, explains Seba, a senior surf enthusiast who runs an online shop for local surf community.

On the 9th of December there is no such crowd but still, up to five parties of surfers, men and women, head out to hunt for that sweet righthander that can be found from an easy access beach break. Along with that special “spirit of finnsurf” that rewards with a higher outcome than any ride.

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