Drove Through Blizzards by Anna Ehrgott

March 05, 2020

Photos: Elli Thor
Instagram: @ellithor Web: https://www.ellithor.com/

I brought a 9’6” Bing Cali Square Tail and a 6’4” Bing Dart. A quiver I figured would cover most of my bases going into a trip that didn’t have a solid destination or plan. I landed in a snowstorm, the first of three during my stay in Iceland, which is a small island next to Greenland, somewhere near the top of the world between Canada and Europe. 

Anna Ehrgott in Iceland

The airport staff asked me where I was returning from, they were blown away to find out I came HERE, to Iceland, to surf, in the middle of winter. “I knew they did that in Hawaii, but why here!?” I’m not the first and definitely won’t be the last. The waves are too good for that. There are a small handful of locals, and that’s where my trip begins. Loading my board bag to the roof of my friend Elli’s Car with his girlfriend Rachel as soft snow drifted all around us, finding it’s way into our jacket hoods and gnawing at our fingers as we meddled with metal straps on the roof. 

Anna Ehrgott Iceland

The trip only got colder from there. We drove through blizzards, narrowly missing avalanches and rearranging plans in accordance with the roads they subsequently closed. Upon arriving in the north, we’d take the main coastal road, stopping at any break that looked promising. Elli had a few spots in mind, but the wind was harsher than we expected and many of the spots that held the best wave potential lacked access without a boat. It stormed our entire time in the north, making the short 4-hour days feel like even more of a blur.
 Anna Ehrgott Surfing in Iceland

We only saw the sun for about 15 minutes, which we happened to be in the water for. Everything around us turned a brilliant rose gold. It was still snowing gently, dark clouds stood their ground above us, and on the horizon, the blood-red sun lit everything around it. I remember thinking that the atmosphere looked thick like you could touch the pastel warm colors. The waves really were good, but most of what I actually remember revolves around shivering violently and being so cold that my purple lips couldn’t form words.

Anna Ehrgott Iceland Surfing

We surfed a blown-out right point and a fun beach break that broke over cobblestones. A few people from town came out to watch and ended up recognizing us when we came to take 45 minute long showers at the public pool afterward to warm up. An older woman asked Rachel and me if we were the crazy people she’d seen in the sea. We giggled and nodded as we hurried to the hot water that would help us regain feeling in our extremities. 

Anna Ehrgott Bing Surfboards

We returned to Reykjavik feeling slightly defeated. We’d had the best of times, but felt at the mercy of the storms and like maybe we could have gotten better waves. We killed some time on the flat days hanging with friends in the city, cooking, going skiing and eating licorice ice cream (better than it sounds). On my last day, hours before flying out, all my wishes came true.

Anna Ehrgott Bing Surfboards

Anna Ehrgott Surfing Iceland

We surfed an iced-over beach break with shoulder high, sano-esque waves. We’d caravanned out with a few buddies from town, ate pastries until sunrise at 10 am then surfed for HOURS. Just having the sun out helped us stay warm and the perfect waves kept morale high. Iceland really is feast or famine, but we got our fill that day. I flew out with noodle arms and that indescribable satisfied feeling.

Anna Ehrgott Bing Surfboards Iceland

https://www.instagram.com/annaehrgott/

https://annaehrgott.com/







Also in Bing Surfboards Blog

Catching Up with Bing Ambassador: Hannah Sheldon
Catching Up with Bing Ambassador: Hannah Sheldon

June 26, 2020

Bing Surfboards catches up with Bing Ambassador, Hannah Sheldon. Photos by Yoshi Tanaka. Hannah is one stoked surfer that brings the sun with her wherever she goes. A smile that will brighten the day and a surfboard that looks like it came from the 60s.

View full article →

Congratulations to Ed Reilly for Winning the Bing Pig Performer!
Congratulations to Ed Reilly for Winning the Bing Pig Performer!

June 02, 2020

Thank you to all who entered for a chance to win a Bing Pig Performer / 8'6" Pig Pin Model... your ticket purchase not only entered you into the raffle, but it also 100% went to the Jacobs + Cushman San Diego Food Bank to help those in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The winner is.... ED REILLY from FLORIDA! Congratulations on winning one of the most exciting new shapes in the Bing Surfboards lineup!

View full article →

In the Shaping Room Featuring the Bing Pig Performer Series
In the Shaping Room Featuring the Bing Pig Performer Series

May 01, 2020

Bing Global Sales Manager Royce Cansler and Master Shaper Matt Calvani in the first, 'In the Shaping Room' Instagram Live Video Series. Recap video and transcription of questions and answers from the recording.

View full article →