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Cold water surfing, on Bornholm

Cold water surfing, on Bornholm

Surfing is often associated with sun-soaked beaches, palm trees, and the warm embrace of tropical waters. But for a growing number of surf enthusiasts, the allure of cold water surfing is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. Bornholm, a picturesque island in the Baltic Sea, has emerged as an unexpected gem for cold water surfers.

Our friend and Fat Moose ambassador Dennie Hilding, who runs Bornholm's Surf Farm, is a real cold water surfer. So if you want to know more about cold water surfing, read this blog post. Here we will explore the unique appeal of surfing on Bornholm's rugged beaches, where the waves can be chilly and the air sub-zero. Or you visit Dennie and his Surf Farm. His Airbnb is open this year. Note, Dennie is not the author of this blogpost, but he has given his thumbs up. 

Bornholm - a surfer's paradise in the Baltic

Bornholm, located in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Poland, is Denmark's easternmost island. It's known for its stunning natural beauty, rocky coastline, and charming fishing villages. But what's less known is that Bornholm is a fantastic destination for surfing, especially if you're a fan of cold water adventures.


The surf scene on Bornholm

Bornholm offers surfers a variety of conditions, including reef breaks, point breaks, and beach breaks. The island's exposed coastline is a magnet for swells to the Baltic Sea, creating consistent surf throughout the year. The surf scene here is characterized by a tight-knit community of local surfers and a welcoming spirit that embraces visitors from around the world. 

The wave conditions

The water around Bornholm may be cold, especially in the winter, but the wave conditions can be surprisingly good. The island is exposed to various wind and swell directions, which means that surfers can often find the right waves for their skill level. Autumn and winter are the prime seasons for cold water surfing on Bornholm, with larger swells and fewer crowds.

Unique challenges and rewards

Cold water surfing presents unique challenges that go beyond just braving the chilly waters. Surfers on Bornholm need to invest in appropriate wetsuits, hoods, gloves, and boots to stay comfortable in the frigid conditions. However, the rewards are more than worth the effort. The island's dramatic scenery, clean waves, and the sense of solitude in the lineup create an experience that's hard to replicate elsewhere.

Exploring Bornholm beyond surfing

Bornholm isn't just about surfing. The island is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking and biking trails, charming villages, and delicious local cuisine. After a day on the waves, surfers can unwind by exploring Bornholm's many cultural and natural attractions.

Surfing on Bornholm – an adventure worth the chill

Bornholm may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of surfing, but it's a hidden gem for those seeking the thrill of cold water adventures. With consistent waves, a welcoming surf community, and the stunning backdrop of the Baltic Sea, Bornholm offers surfers an experience that's as unique as it is unforgettable. Cold water surfing on this picturesque island is an adventure worth the chill, and for those who dare to ride its waves, Bornholm rewards with unforgettable memories and the stoke of exploring the unexpected.

Surf's up dude!

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