Three kitesurfers ride the Ilulissat Icefjord

January 25, 2016 | Kiteboarding
The Arctic Challenge: three kiteboarders ride the Ilulissat Icefjord

Three kitesurfers have ridden the winds of the Arctic Circle. The adventure sponsored by Cabrinha, Allianz Suisse and NP Surf put athletes side by side with giant icebergs.

When you're sailing with 30 knots of super cold wind in the land of massive ice blocks, you will certainly feel small and defenseless. Nature's plans are not driven by humankind.

Andre Scholtz, Geza Scholtz, and Richard Flindall quickly understood it as they dove into the heart of Arctic land. The three-week expedition aimed to enjoy and survive "the world's biggest ice slider park."

The trio traveled to Ilulissat Icefjord, one of the few glaciers through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea. The place has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its oldest ice is estimated to be 250,000 years old.

When you're 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, it's easy to experience average water temperatures of -0.7°C (30.74 °F). Fortunately, it was a problem for Andre, Geza, and Richard. They found their spots and jumped off of icebergs as much as they could.

"It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Riding amongst giant icebergs in the Arctic! Big thanks to everyone who made it possible. It was such a great trip," expressed Richard Flindall.

The result of the cold water adventure is "The Arctic Challenge," a film featuring the thrills and dangers of kiteboarding alongside the biggest icebergs on planet Earth.

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