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WATCH: What it’s Like Surfing Arctic Winters When There’s Only Three Hours of Sunlight

If you surf much, chances are you probably have a few gripes about your local break.

Maybe it's too fickle. Maybe you find yourself lamenting with the salty old dudes in the lineup that "it never used to be this crowded." Maybe the wave just isn't that great. 

If ever you find yourself bitching, then please, watch this short from our Norwegian friend–surf filmmaker Hallvard Kolltveit–whose new film "Arctic January" documents the astounding commitment surfers in the Lofoten archipelago in Norway. Between 40-degree ocean temperatures and winter days that only encompass a few hours of sunlight, if you're going to surf Lofoten, you have to really want to surf Lofoten.

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Video: 20 Minutes of Raw Carnage at The Wedge
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Video: 20 Minutes of Raw Carnage at The Wedge

Video: 20 Minutes of Raw Carnage at The Wedge

The Wedge is scary on a small day. And on a big day? Absolutely terrifying. However, that doesn't seem to deter the dozens of boogie boarders and surfers who risk life and limb there on a regular basis. Perhaps the convenience of an in-town wave at Newport Beach is enough to overpower their instincts of self-preservation, or maybe they like the crowds which gather to watch people get mauled. RELATED: 'Lost in Though' is a Full Length Independent Surf Film Because of The Wedge's unconventional

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Video: Anatomy of a Massive Wipeout with Nathan Florence
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Video: Anatomy of a Massive Wipeout with Nathan Florence

Video: Anatomy of a Massive Wipeout with Nathan Florence

"Teahupo'o" loosely translates to "Place of Skulls," and for good reason: The wave's prized hollow shape is due to the extremely shallow coral reef which lies approximately 20 inches below the break's surface. That's not a big deal as long as you don't take a wipeout, but becomes a major concern as soon as tons of water start piledriving you into the sharp coral. RELATED: 20 Minutes of Raw Carnage at the Wedge Nathan Florence found himself in that unenviable position during a recent trip to

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Indo’s Desert Point Barrels with Nic Von Rupp
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Indo’s Desert Point Barrels with Nic Von Rupp

Indo’s Desert Point Barrels with Nic Von Rupp

Indonesia is well known for its surf, and for good reason. The archipelago has countless breaks which generally feature warm water, gorgeous white sand beaches, and perfect barrels. Nic Von Rupp showed up at just the right time to benefit from a four-day swell which produced immaculately-sculpted double-overhead barrels. While our initial reaction was violent envy, we've decided to take the high road and live vicariously through his Youtube video.  RELATED: Sunny Garcia