It’s all very well testing your wetsuits in a giant deep freeze, but there is no substitute for putting them through their paces in the frigid waters, which is exactly what C-Skins have done by sending team riders Oli Adams and Vincent Duvignac to surf the bleak wintry seas of East Canada. Equipped with their C-Skins Winter 15 kit, the duo headed off into the unknown.
Oli explained that the trip wasn’t governed by charts or a solid looking swell and the weather forecast was seriously grim, with blizzards expected, leading to major travel disruption. Walls of snow lining the runway greeted them and conditions were so poor one plane even crashed trying to negotiate the landing shortly after their arrival! The chances of getting to and finding decent surf were looking slim.
As it turned out, after initially finding a bit of onshore slop, by the second day the swell had increased dramatically the wind had swung round and the pair stumbled upon a perfect lefthand point working its magic. As quick as was humanly possible they slipped into their Dryknit lined C-Skins wetsuits and enjoyed a 3-4 hour session in the frozen sea.
Now Oli is no stranger to cold conditions, you may remember seeing him starring in the Icelandic Jagermeister advert last year or being subjected to the C-Skins Deep Freeze testing programme, but he says these were the coldest conditions he has ever been in. Surfing in sub zero temperatures, with a blizzard raging, there was no point during the 3-hour session when he felt cold, I’d say that’s a pretty solid endorsement.
You will find a superb video of Oli and Vincent’s trip below and can find out more information on the C-Skins Winter 15 wetsuit range here.
Where is the coldest place you have ever surfed and would you fancy a trip to the frozen wastes of Canada?
All Photos Courtesy of Sharpy