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AKERSELVA RIVER WAVE: Latest Flow of Developments. (With Terje Skulstad)

Meet Terje Skulstad, one of the Norwegian catalysts behind the beautiful suggestion of constructing an artificial river wave in the city river of Oslo: Akerselva.

 

Urban surfers based in Oslo (like Seamus Fox, surfshop.no, Sebastian Kjellström, Lapoint.no and Christian Nerdrum, friflyt.no) would have a whale of a time if this were to be transformed from blueprint to wet dream reality.

 

The idea in itself is far from ludicrous – as discussed in our previous article on the topic, it would in fact provide Oslo with another gem that tourists would flock to. A real life example of which can be seen in Munich, Germany, with the Eisbach river wave. This wave has attracted an extensive amount of media attention and generated ten thousands of euros to local tourism.

 


“- Wouldn’t it be really, really, really expensive to build such a wave in Akerselva?”

No, not really. You see, it is all about exploiting the naturally occurring river currents and adjusting the river beds. The complete oceanographic explanation would have to fall upon the experts, such as NTNU’s Lars Erik Klemetsen who has specialized in flow dynamics – but it could not put too much pressure on Oslo’s budget seeing this project through.

 

Akerselva riverbed analysis: Oslo river wave
Akerselva riverbed analysis: Oslo river wave. Credit: L. E. Klemetsen (NTNU)

 

Then again if rural Hamar can  spend 23 million Norwegian kroner (approx £2.3 million) on a faulty diving tower, Oslo should be able to spend a million or two making the river wave come true. The Akerselva River Wave project has a much more realistic chance of creating tourism income, and would help clean up Akerselva – putting it back on the map as something else than a junkie hangout.

– AVD

 

We met with Terje Skulstad and had a chat with him about the river wave project:

 

Hi Terje, the Akerselva River Wave project is a fantastic suggestion. How did the idea first come about?

TS: I guess the idea was the result of several experiences with a sudden eureka as i walked along the riverbed a stormy evening during the spring flood of 2002. Since than the idea has gradually taken shape. I´ve talked to engineers, surfers, architect, politicians and so forth. Slowly the idea´s been honed into a winning recipe. Hopefully!

 

We know you’ve participated in some meetings with local politicians regarding the river wave. Are you able to tell us anything about how  the meetings went? Are there some Norwegian political parties that are more open to the idea than others?

TS: Politicians are a strange lot. They always seem to be positive to initiatives for the common good. I guess their job is to smile and nod. But somewhere along the way between the meeting and the time of decision making they change their mind. Last, with the city council, the argument for their decline was safety and obstruction around breeding areas for trout and salmon. Soooo…i have taken a few steps. Firstly I´ve been in dialog with OFA (oslomarkas fiskeadministrasjon) to hear their reasons against a surf-wave. I still need to arrange a meeting, but i think we can come up with a solution. Secondly i plan to arrange a pilot. If we can show the politicians it´s safe, the magnitude of interested surfers and the areas of use for the wave they gotta concur! AND in regards to safety regulations: as long as you don´t make the area MORE dangerous than it already is it should not be a problem.

 

Sarpsborg surf
Could this be a future sight in Akerselva, Oslo? We sure hope so. Picture: Sarpsborg River Surf

 

Are there any meetings in the near future, where we might get an idea if this project could see the light of day – or not?

TS: I haven´t got any meetings with decision makers on the agenda just, but i have a meeting with the project group from NTNU who just finished their project. They have created a model we can work with in our job towards a perfect river wave.

 

Do you have any new pictures, graphs or similar that we can share with our readers?

TS: The NTNU crew have made a small model of their river wave. Looks more like a real life ocean wave than the manmade river waves we have seen previously. Check it out here:

 

Surfebølge model - by NTNU.
Surfebølge model – by NTNU.

 

Is there anything Superstoked readers and surf interested Norwegians can do to help the Akerselve river wave project along? Have you considered starting a petition? (The pressure applied in the Saltstein/Mølen debate seemed to do the trick)

TS: Help is always welcome. The next thing on the agenda is to write an application to “Innovasjon Norge”. Generating funding is always a big issue when starting up. If anyone has good contacts or write killer applications they are welcome to speak up. On the other hand, applications takes a lot of time and effort. If someone have a good idea for a way to generate funds please let me know.

 

As I’m trying to get a pilot started I would welcome inputs on fitting locations. Criterias: accessible with a crane, enough water, a rapid stream, positive politicians/tourist admin/etc. Akerselva might not have enough water at all times…

 

Anything else you would like to mention – that we’ve forgotten to ask about perhaps?

TS: Everyone who’s not already a supporter at “ja til surfebølge i akerselva” should list up! The more the merrier…

 

We hope to see as many of you engaged in the Akerselva River Wave Project as possible – if you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know in the FORUM. Thanks!

 

Akerselva River Wave Project
Akerselva River Wave Project

 

– PS: Check out the previous article we wrote on the Akerselva River Wave: Oslo River Wave – The infamous Akerselva’s Redemption.

 

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Words: Author Alexander Van Dorph & Terje Skulstad / Photos: NTNU, L.E. Klemetsen. Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Skating with a legend of the game – Anthony Johnson

Meet Anthony Johnson, a professional skater who exuberates stoke and good vibes to those around him – he currently works at Glide SUP, enjoying life and creating awesome surf and paddle boards. He was hooked on skating since he got his first skateboard when he was 8 years old – which explains his magnificent flair and skills with the board.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

AJ: My life is pretty simple right now and I’m stoked. I spend a lot of time with my wife and 2 awesome kids. I skate a ton and I make surf and paddle boards at Glide. I surf and paddle any chance I get. I basically just focus on spreading love, laughter and stoke.

Anthony with a wicked 50-50 grind
Anthony with a wicked 50-50 grind

 

That sounds pretty awesome, Anthony! How did you first get into skating?

AJ: When I was 8 I found an old banana board in our shed and I was instantly hooked. I got my first real board for my 9th birthday and it was on!

What is the best thing about skating?

AJ: Skating is so rad because I can feel so stoked just cruising down the street and then there are major rushes when you land something huge. The feeling of landing a trick I’ve been trying for hours is an indescribable feeling of accomplishment. Skating is just rad in every form.

Grinding a Glide paddleboard
Grinding a Glide paddleboard – Check out their site in the links below.

 

That is truly radical, Anthony. We know the feeling! On to something completely different though – who are your top 3 rolemodels?

AJ: Nelson Mandela, Laird Hamilton and Frank Sinatra.

 

Anthony and Azad watches
Anthony and Azad watches

 

What is your favorite skate movie?

AJ: The classic Animal Chin. It portrays what skateboarding is about.

(Official trailer for Animal Chin (1987)

 

– Check out the DVD on Amazon (a must have for any skate nostalgic!):

 

 

That movie is a CLASSIC! By the way, where can Superstoked readers see more of your pictures and videos?

AJ: www.anthonyjohnsonskate.com, My sponsors are awesome about getting stuff out there: Union Street Skateboards, Webb Trucks, OTZ Shoes, Aloe Up, Glide, Every Man Jack, Kind Design Clothing, Realm Shades, Azad Watches. Much love to all!

 

Sponsors – Websites:

Union street skateboards – Unionstreetskateboards.com

Webb Trucks –

OTZ Shoes – OTZshoes.com

Aloe Up Suncare – Aloeup.com

Glide SUP – “Paddle the planet” – Glidesup.com

Every Man Jack – Everymanjack.com

Kind Design Clothing – Kinddesignclothing.com

Realm Shades – Realmshades.com

Azad Watches – Azadwatch.com

 

Stay stoked, Anthony! Hope to see more of your photos soon. Keem em` coming!

 

 

Eirik Borgersen wins Stavanger Freeride 2013

Stavanger Freeride 2013 – results.

Eirik Borgersen won the Stavanger Freeride 2013 (9th March) with a total score of 25,5 – two points ahead of Øystein Aasheim who came second in the ski division. A strong result from daddy Borgersen. Blue skies, sunshine and crispy white snow was the foundation of a successful Stavanger Freeride competition debut, which I am sure we will be seeing more to in the years to come. We are looking forward to it.

Results, Stavanger Freeride 2013:

Telemark, men:

  1. Sigurd Løvfall 20,5
  2. Sondre Loftsgarden 19,9
  3. Thomas Navestad 15,8
  4. Erling Grøstad 11
  5. Christer Bu Mathiesen 6,3
  6. Eirik Haraldsen Bakken NS

Ski, women:

  1. Marianne Stanghelle 20,7
  2. Marta Lidström 16,3
  3. Marit Rolvsjord 14,7
  4. Tonje Hanum Padøy 14,3
  5. Bjørg Boe Møller 13,2
  6. Line Berg 12,8
  7. Johanne Askim Adde 11,5

 

Ski, men:

  1. Eirik Borgersen 25,5
  2. Øystein Aasheim 23,5
  3. Dennis Risvoll 21,5
  4. Martin Ruud 20,6
  5. Henrik Langeland 19,7
  6. Vegard Birkeland 19,2
  7. Andreas Lindroth 19,1
  8. Ivar Løvik 18,9
  9. Svein Olav Lien 18,1
  10. Hans Petter Bakke 17
  11. Johannes Hofmann 16,6
  12. Fredrik Solnes Dahle 16,2
  13. Halfdan Knudsen 15,4
  14. Elias Dalholt Kvarekvål 15
  15. Andreas Vold 15
  16. Knut Myking 14,8
  17. Nils Kristian Berge 13,9
  18. Stian Skarsten 13,7
  19. Eirik Schjølberg 13,2
  20. Helge Berg Enitch 13
  21. Truls Johansen 12,9
  22. Eivind M. Nilsen 12,8
  23. Frikk Tore Kristiansen 11,9
  24. Petter Salen 11,2
  25. Christen Bryn-Elvik 10,8
  26. Asbjørn Hellås 10
  27. Bjørn Kvissel 9,9
  28. Øystein Uglum Henjum 9,9
  29. Eirik Tengesdal 9,8
  30. Stian Storm 9,8
  31. Henrik Gangsø 8,8
  32. Jonas Hjelme 7,9
  33. Åsmund Sælevik 7,2
  34. Hans Martin Leistad 5,9
  35. Vegard Nes 5,7
  36. Arne Haugland NS
  37. Magnus Tjønn NS
  38. Bård Øymar NS

 

Snowboard, men:

  1. Tommy Nordbø 21,7
  2. Karl-Kristian Brunvaer 20,9
  3. Torbjørn Paulsen 17,9
  4. Gjermund Daniel Moe 16,3
  5. Erling Magnus Solheim 13,2
  6. Henrik Auestad 9,6

 

Have you read the interview we did with Eirik earlier? If not, check it out HERE:

 

Interview with Eirik Bogga Borgersen

Meet Eirik Bogga Borgersen in this interview, a true Superstoked friend and a true man of winter. You know all those so-called yeti-sightings? It was just Eirik trotting up the mountain towards some fresh powder freeriding.

 

Name: Eirik “Bogga” Borgersen
From: Stavanger, Norway
Merit list: 1st telemark World Championship 2005, 1st Galdhøpiggrennet 2007

Hey Eirik Bogga! When did you first start skiing? Do you remember that first sweet ski ride?

Hello Superstoked! Well, my dad took me alpine skiing when I was 3 years old. I guess he held me up for the first laps, and then just pushed me over the edge like a bird kicks the newborn out of the nest. Learn to fly or die, control your skis or cry. I don’t remember learning to ski, but I do remember the cold, runny nose, freezing fingers and wet mittens. As a kid your equipment is often very heavy and big, like your skiboots, helmet and goggles. This makes the whole experience very hateful for a while, but as soon as your skills get better this shortly forgotten.

 

Eirik Bogga Borgersen in Japan
Eirik Bogga Borgersen in Japan

 

 

When I was 10 I started skiing from the resort down the other side of the mountain to the cabin in the dark wearing a headlamp and a heavy rucksack. Falling over in the deep snow gave you a 15 minute fight to get out of the straps, which made me learn how to avoid falling. When my buddies and I were 14-15 years old and ambitious ski racers we spent most of the summer on Folgefonna, a glacier near Bergen. A typical day was like this: breakfast at 07.00, starting skiing at 09.00, 30 minutes of break mid-day and ending the day at 16.00. With Folgefonna located on the west coast of Norway it rained most of the days, your toes bathed in the skiboots and your underwear was soaked.   I could tell more hate stories then love stories but I guess that’s what drives your search for more of the good days. I guess surfing and skiing have a lot of this love and hate relationship in common.

 

Hehe, I think you are right. You have been in a number of contests throughout the years, tells us a little bit about which one is your favourite and why?

I skied on a national level in Alpine until I was 17 and got fed up. I was 8th when Kjetil Jansrud (Who won a world cup gold medal in Super-G at Kvitfjell 4th March 2012…) was 10th in 1999 I think, so this sails up as one of my favorites. Some of my friends started racing on telemark skis at this time, so I joined them and loved the sport straight away. Telemark racing is very similar to alpine, but there is more elements in the course like jumping, skating and a 360 degree turn on a snow ramp. Winning the telemark classic World Championship in 2005 is probably my biggest favorite. Galdhøpiggrennet is a mountain-telemark contest, where we climb up to Norways highest mountain and ski down. It takes about three hour to walk up, and three minutes down. I won this contest in 2007, with the time 2min and 38 seconds. It still stands as best time, and I share with a good friend of mine, Eirik Rykhus.

 

Bogga catching some air
Bogga catching some air

 

 

Favourite ski spot?

I have many favorite ski spots, it’s a very though question. I do love my “home-resort” in Sirdalen, not far from Stavanger. Its one of the smallest resort you can find in Norway but I’ve skied here for 24 years and can be entertained as long as the conditions are good. Given good conditions I would pin Voss as Norways best resort. What goes for Europe, I would like to go back to Fiss near Insbruck and I always have a good time in BadGastein.

 

Quiver / equipment?

Never get enough and I never sell my skis. I keep them in the basement… they just have too much sentimental value. Sometimes when I pass the door leading down to the basement I swear I can hear them calling my name… it is kind of spooky.

 

You work full-time as a chiropractor, do you still find time for freeriding, and can we expect to see you any in more competitions any time soon?

I try to ski as much as possible, every weekend and Wednesday evenings. My name is on the starting list for freeride competitions in Hemsedal and Voss. They’re coming up March 2012, I am looking forward to it.

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VIDEO: Erik Botner – Snowstoked about a white christmas

Dreaming of a white christmas? Norwegian Erik Botner (Nitro / Hypermountain) does his best to get you stoked about your next snowy session with an amazing film feature in fine conditions.

 

Music: La Sera – Devil Hearts Grows Gold (Like it? MP3 @ amazon / ALBUM @ amazon)
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Erik Botner 2012 from HyperMountain on Vimeo.