It’s was no typical surf trip.
The six surfers and filmmakers who set out to follow one of the biggest storms to hit Iceland in 25 years for the film “Under an Arctic Sky” were willing to battle some of the harshest weather conditions they’d ever encountered to score epic waves.
The newly-released surf film, made by renowned adventure photographer Chris Burkard and filmmaker Ben Weiland, had a stop in San Clemente on May 4, generating a warm reception at Album Surfboards where an outdoor theater was set up for more than 100 guests.
A long line formed to meet the filmmakers before the sunlight faded enough to play the movie on the big screen. Burkard addressed the crowd, saying there’s always nerves before showcasing a film.
“Your heart just palpitates,” he said.
The film was shot in 2015 and took two years to get onto the big screen. It included well-known surfers, including Huntington Beach’s Timmy Reyes, known for his adventure-seeking spirit.
“There’s not a big list of people even willing to go to this place,” Burkard said.
The original idea for the film was to highlight a boat captain who was one of the few people who could get the surfers to a remote area to ride untouched waves. But the storm was so strong, the trip became a challenge, and the struggle along the way became the story.
“We had no concept how big the storm was. We knew it was big. They made a new scale for how ferocious it was,” he said.
The decided to leave the area when they were told emergency services weren’t going to be able to get to them. At some points, they were plowing through 3-4 feet of snow, a steep cliff on one side of their vehicles, and a barely visible ocean on the other.
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