Stadlandet: a classic Norwegian surf spot | Photo: Hallvard Kolltveit/ISA

The hunt is almost over. The International Surfing Association (ISA) has announced the addition of its 97th member. Norway has officially entered the surfing world.

Believe it or not, Norway is a surfing nation. The Scandinavian country features breathtaking fjords and a rugged coastline. Hidden surf and stand-up paddle spots are nearly everywhere.

Despite the relatively low temperatures, short period Arctic swells and howling winds, Norway has a strong and tight community of wave riders.

The most popular peaks are located on the West coast near Lofoten, Sorlandet, Stavanger, and Egersund.

"We believe this is vital for the future growth of our organization and the development of surfing in Norway," said Tore Kramer, president of the Norwegian Surfing Club.

"We also believe that the ISA World Championships are the best stage for competitive surfing, and our athletes are looking forward to taking part in many world-class events in the years ahead,"

The ISA is nearly reaching the 100th member nation. The ultimate goal is to get surfing into the Olympic Games.

"Surfing is a sport that excites, thrills and captures the imagination of participants and fans from all corners of the world and backgrounds," concludes Fernando Aguerre, the ISA president.

"Together, these factors are what fuel our ambition to place our wonderful sport and inspirational athletes on the greatest sporting stage at the Olympic Games."

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