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Camping under the Northern Lights. Photo by James Bowden

To The North

Surfing in Iceland
Photography by James Bowden // Video by Mikey Corker

“We’re fleeing north to just below the Arctic. We’re in need of adventure. It’s been a hot summer, but it’s the winter storms that captivate us and they’re flooding in now. Our team has come together organically, under a shared lust for adventure. If the attraction of the unpredictable nature of the north connects us all, then surfing is the glue that binds us.” – James Bowden


James Bowden told the story of his journey to Iceland in Sidetracked Volume Three. He travelled with film-makers Mikey Corker and Chris McClean, as well as surfers Taz Knight and Noah Lane – a group of people who are dedicating themselves to finding and documenting waves in some of the more interesting, and challenging regions on the planet.

This is about riding waves, but it is also about the other experiences that occur along the way.

Looking out across the glacier, Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Exploring Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Surfing among the icebergs, Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Back over at the lagoon I spot a flat rock perched above the glassy water and can think of nothing else. It’s time for a swim. The water hits my body like a sledgehammer and un-recognisable noises spill from my mouth. I can neither breathe nor talk until I clamber up the bank and find my clothes. Suddenly the day is brighter; perhaps my eyes have been refreshed by the swim. We spend the afternoon back in wetsuits and paddle around the icebergs.
Diving into glacial Iceland waters. Photo by James Bowden

wet feet. Photo by James Bowden

Cold Water Surfing, Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Exploring Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Exploring Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Aeroplane fuselage wreckage in Iceland. Photo by James Bowden

Read the full story and see more of James’ photos in Sidetracked Volume Three


Photography and words by James Bowden a photographer, surfer and lover of adventure. He lives and breathes what he shoots, looking for stories to tell the grandkids and photos to show them as well.
Website: jamesbowden.net
Twitter: @james_bowden
Instagram: @jamesbowdown

Mikey Corker runs Show ‘n Tell Media. They make videos, they shoot pictures, they tell stories.
Website: showntellmedia.com
Twitter: @mikey_corker
Vimeo: showntellmedia

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