Iceland – The Ultimate Surfing destination Nixon Surf Challenge


 Iceland lies up north very close to the Arctic Circle. The climate here is ridiculously cold. The temperature in summer can be around 4 to 5o Celsius and only if you are lucky, it can go to a high or around 10o sometimes during the late summer period which is generally a winter time for most countries. It is actually an island formed to due volcanic eruptions on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The southern part of Iceland is warmer than the unforgiving northern part. The glacial waters in summer can produce some monstrous waves that can be easily any surfer’s dream, but it takes a lot of courage to even think about surfing over there, as the climate poses a bigger challenge. So, obviously every surfer with his surfing mentally would love to tame this challenge and prove his point.
Recently, Iceland hosted the twelfth edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge. This competition was held in association with Monster Energy, Reef and Dragon. This competition was held from 13th May and lasted till the 19th May and posed some harsh challenges for the best of the surfers. The challenge posted in this competition is quite unique as the cold climate and freezing wetsuits can cause serious brain freeze. Some of the best surfers in the world took part of this challenge to prove their mantle. All of them headed to the northern shores of Iceland to start their week long incredible adventure just below the Arctic Circle.
The surfers explored the mystical shores and dramatic coastline of Iceland, surfing through this volcanic island for a week. At the end of the competition Vincent Duvignac of France was voted as the Best Overall for his impeccable and faultless surfing. The voting was done by the fellow surfers. The 25 year old made his mark amongst the surfing community with his relentless motivation and determined abilities to score waves in spite of freezing temperatures. Chippa Wilson of Australia wooed the crowds with amazing tricks and won the award for the Best Tricks. He just managed to clinch this title from William Aliotti. He just looked so comfortable and in his elements and took the challenge like duck to water. Jose Maria Cabrera of Canary Islands’ won the ‘I Rocked Iceland’ prize because of his undying attitude and relentless energy to always paddle back to the waters and yet finding enough energy to party at the amazing nightlife fun in Reykjavik.
The best part about surfing in Iceland is that there is enough light even at 2am to go to an un-crowded reef and enjoy the waves away from the crowds while everyone else is sleeping. One should go surfing in Iceland because of world class reef breaks, fun loving weekend drinking culture, cool independent music scene, amazing natural beauty full of mesmerizing waterfalls, magical northern lights, icy glaciers, thermal springs and the list keeps going on and it hardly gets dark in summer let you party and surf all night long.

5 Reasons to Surf Through the Winter



We love to surf as much as humanly possible, but winter conditions and water temps can make a surfer think twice about stripping down to pull on that wetsuit and jump in the ocean. The sky is darker, the winds are stronger and the water temps hover in the 50’s- not exactly your ideal day at the beach, but there are benefits to pumping yourself up and paddling out. Next time you think you’d rather enjoy your coffee and other creature comforts than go surf, consider these five reasons to get suited and catch some winter waves.

1. Cold water temps actually help boot your immune system, and train your immune system to have better reaction time for when you need to fight the flu.

2. The waves are better and the lineups are less crowded. Northwest swells coming down from Alaska hit the west coast during the fall and wintertime for bigger waves. Colder water also keeps the faint of heart away and deters tourists from renting their soft tops and giving it a go.

3. Cold water can improve your mood (no, really) it releases endorphins which will have you feeling good while you’re in the water and give you that relaxed mood post-session. (It’s also proven to enhance your libido!)
4. Surfing in colder water improves your fitness, burning twice as many calories as paddling in comfortably warm water temps would.

5. You won’t find yourself in that irritable I-haven’t-surfed-in-a-while mood all winter, which your friends, family and significant other will thank you for.

Only You Can Prevent Shark Attacks!

screen-shot-2012-12-03-at-32556-pmFor people who don’t surf, and for a few who do, sharks are the most common topic of conversation when talking about the ocean. Unfortunately, sharks and shark attacks have been in the news a lot lately with two attacks on surfers in Northern California a couple weeks ago and two attacks on divers on the same day in Hawaii. This got me to thinking about what kinds of shark repellents are on the market today and why surfers don’t use them. After Google searching “shark repellents for surfers” and sifting through heaps of strange inventions I have taken it upon myself to compile a list of my most noteworthy findings.

Firstly, the SURF7 by SharkShield ( is an eight foot long antenna that attaches to the tail of a board and emits a protective electrical field. The electrical field is detected through the shark’s sensory receptors and deters them from the area, in theory. The SURF7, besides most likely being absurdly frustrating while tangling your leash and slowing you down, will also put a pretty substantial dent in your wallet. The SURF7 costs a smooth $650.00, but if it gives you peace of mind, maybe it’s worth it.

My second find was the Shark Camo ( It’s pretty much a big sticker that goes on the bottom of your board to resemble certain fish species that predatory sharks do not eat. This product is way more convenient than the SURF7 and substantially cheaper at an easy $49.95 for short boards, $74.95 for longboards, and $99.95 for SUPs but again, if you believe the evidence then it’s a small price to pay for serenity.

There are a plethora of other repellents such as wetsuits with certain designs, odorous aerosol sprays and anklets that work similarly to the SURF7, but it doesn’t answer the heart of the question: Why don’t surfers use them? Maybe it’s because we understand that the risk of being attacked is exceptionally rare, (1 in every 11.5 million) or maybe we’re just stubborn and think it will never happen to us, but either way I can’t foresee a barrage of shark repellents making their way into the lineups anytime soon

Surf The Winter Wonderland

np-winter-surfThe time is finally here for big north swells, offshore winds and awkwardly tan faces…it’s winter! Well, to be completely factual winter does not officially begin until December 22nd, just in time for Santa Claus to bring us new wetsuits, we wish we had two months earlier, new booties that we always try to get out of wearing and cold water wax with its perfect holiday fragrance. But for surfers, winter starts much sooner than the winter solstice.

The holiday season for surfers starts as soon as the kids go back to the classroom, as soon as the summer time shredders retreat inland and those who “don’t do cold water” hibernate until the summer months. “Winter” is the best time to be a surfer in Southern California.

It’s that magical time of year when spots in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange County finally start to work, and the number of electric blue soft-top surfboards littering the lineups starts to diminish.

Winter is the time of year when the beach breaks that have been walled up all summer long finally start to take shape as peaky barreling right handers. And the rain brings forth bittersweet feelings of polluted water with the hopes of great sandbars.

But winter is not so sweet for everyone. For those trapped inside of a classroom (or office) who can only watch a flag blow straight offshore, who know the tide is low and there’s swell in the water…winter sucks.

Glacier Surfing: An Awesome Sidenote in Surfing’s History

glacier-surfingOne of the fun things about being a surf fan is watching how the sport progresses. Just when you think everything’s been done—guys are doing turns! On waves!—someone comes up with something totally new, like taking their surfing to the air.

In the past few years, we’ve seen a ton of progression in surfing, some of it within surfing proper—rodeo flips are now common, and guys are now paddling into waves of unprecedented size—and some of it in a sort of tangential way, like stand-up paddleboarding, wakesurfing, tidal-bore surfing, wave pools, and so on.

These sort of progressions usually end up going one of three ways. Some of those progressions stick and become a permanent part of the sport—wave pools seem to be headed in that direction. Others splinter off and become their own more or less unrelated activities, like wakesurfing. Others are simply novelties that no one ever touches on again.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that glacier surfing is going to go route three, a novelty that never really becomes anything. But it’s an amazing novelty. Here’s how it works:

In places where glaciers feed into lakes or oceans, from time to time a huge chunk of ice will break off from the glacier and drop into the water—it’s called calving, and it’s pretty cool to watch in itself. Whenever you drop a large chunk of anything into the water, it creates a sizeable wave. And if there’s something for that wave to break on, that wave can be surfable. Of course, you’ll probably have to tow into it, because you’d have a tough time finding the exact right spot to sit and paddle. But once you tow into the wave, there you are—you’re surfing a wave

These guys are the pioneers—and some of the only practitioners—of glacier surfing. Check it out:

Glacier Surfing

The difficulty of getting all the pieces in place probably means that glacier surfing probably won’t catch on as a widespread sport. It’s a lot of effort for just one wave, and glaciers typically don’t calve all that often. But the difficulty of the whole thing makes it all the more awesome: these guys spent a bunch of time and a bunch of money—and surely did a ton of research—all just to see if they could do something new with the sport of surfing. So even though glacier surfing will probably just end up as a sidenote in the history of the sport, we can still be glad that these guys went to all that effort to plant a surfing flag on one mushy but awesome wave.

Arnette Newport Beach Surf Championships presented by Jack’s Surfboards

NB Surf Championships Arnette is the proud sponsor of the 24th Annual Newport Beach Surf Surfing Championships presented by Jack’s Surfboards. This is one of the most prestigious surf event in Newport Beach, which lets the locals shine in front of their family and friends.
Our Cash Pot events have been super successful this year. For this time around, we decided to let retailers battle it and do the first ever Arnette Cash Pot Shop Invitational. This event is ONLY open to teams of surf shop employees and it’s one way we’re stoking out influential retailers on a local level. If you’ve got friends at one of the shops invited to participate, drop’em a line and wish them good luck.

Shops that will be competing include:

Jack’s Surfboards • ET Surf • Frog House Surf Shop • Huntington Surf & Sport • Katin Surf Shop • Spyder Surf Shop • Surfside Sports

2012 Newport Beach Surf Championship Entry Form