This Is the Baltic Sea’s Best and (Possibly) Only Barreling Surf Break
by Owen James Burke
Somewhere on the Baltic Coast of Sweden, a very punchy wave is breaking. Screenshot from Freddie Meadows’ video clip, “Somewhere in Sweden”
Sweden’s Baltic coast, along with every other spit of land that meets the Baltic Sea, is hardly known for its surf, though local surfers readily welcome the occasional and highly coveted wind swell. Sweden has a close-knit community of surfers, and they do get waves, but unbeknownst to many, they also have the kind of waves once thought to only exist a plane ride away.
Watch “Somewhere in Sweden” here:
Swedish native Freddie Meadows returned home to find a place where deep water swells meet rock ledge like they do in Ireland and Australia, places with thousands of miles of fetch to generate such robust waves. But in stark contrast to the dribbling ripples which most surfers would attribute to protected bodies of water like the Baltic Sea (in the unlikely event that they’d even considered it for surfing in the first place), a gem is found. Imagine you lived on Lake Michigan your whole life, flying around the world to surf and catching what scraps of waves you could find on the lake in the meantime. One day, you enter one of the few unexplored tiny corners left to find a wave breaking which all along you thought you had to travel hundreds or thousands of miles to reach, and you might get a small sense of Mr. Meadows’ merriment.
The itinerary for my North Sea surf trip, if it ever comes to be, will now have to include a detour to Sweden. Here’s hoping to find this remote hunk of rock when I get there.
Read more at Magic Seaweed — OJB