In the beginning of May, during this late-blooming spring, RideWithLocal was invited to head up to Norway for the Legend Session as part of theMethod Magazine movie project where we were filming the last segment with snowboarding legends like Terje Haakonsen, Jacob Söderqvist, Johan Olofsson, Peter Line, Mike Ranquet and many more.

We came to snowboard, but ended up stumbling into the water for a surf. Well, the locals don’t end up in the water here by accident, they know it can get good. You just need the right gear and the proper mindset to surf in Norway. Traveling down a fjord-bound peninsula called Stadlandet we descended into a valley that leads down to the bay of Hoddevik: a land of vikings and mermen.

Housing was provided for us at Stadsurfing, a surf hotel created by Mads Johnsson and JP Solberg. It was always their dream for them to have a little surf hideout up here. They decide to make it a reality and share their little secret with guests by finalizing the construction and making their surf hotel a reality that includes plenty of surfboards, an outdoor pizza oven, a fire-heated hot tub and much more.

Stad Surfing Surf Hotel. One of the places you wished you discovered earlier.
Stad Surfing Surf Hotel. One of the places you wished you discovered earlier.

Some famous names from snowboarding stopped by surf these Norsk waves during our stay including Terje, DCP, Mikkel Bang, Charles Reid, Matt Crepel, Shin Biyajimahin and more. The spring days seemed endless, with skies never really getting dark and this allowed for unlimited riding. In the morning we were catching the drag lifts up Harpefossen (90mins away) for some snowboard runs and by the end of the day, we’re back for an evening set of waves. It was quite a surreal situation. They say the sand bars are getting better and better making the waves shape up real nice this year. Enough with words, all we know is that this was a local experience we wanted to run home and tell everyone about. You can book your Stad Surfing session here.

Enjoy our photo gallery below from our crew of famous snowboarders catching waves where the vikings once thrived:

The board cavern. Guests are provided with boards for whatever ride they’re looking for.
The board cavern. Guests are provided with boards for whatever ride they’re looking for.
Mads, Crepel and DCP ready for their cold water ride with proper wetsuits.
Mads, Crepel and DCP ready for their cold water ride with proper wetsuits.
Matt Crepel pointing out the spot.
Matt Crepel pointing out the spot.
3 is the magic number.
3 is the magic number.
DCP slicing through while escaping the close out.
DCP slicing through while escaping the close out.
Mads aka @surfingfarmer killing it on home waters.
Mads aka @surfingfarmer killing it on home waters.
DCP slicing through while escaping the close out.
DCP slicing through while escaping the close out.
Like a clan of seals swiming out to sea.
Like a clan of seals swiming out to sea.
Mikkel Bang and friends eager to get in the water.
Mikkel Bang and friends eager to get in the water.
Mikkel on the wave in his viking warrior stance.
Mikkel on the wave in his viking warrior stance.
Local shooter, Torkild, snapping on the first day.
Local shooter, Torkild, snapping on the first day.
If it’s pumping enough, he’ll put the camera down and get some!
If it’s pumping enough, he’ll put the camera down and get some!
Local surfer, Kittil, dropping in through the heavy off-shore winds.
Local surfer, Kittil, dropping in through the heavy off-shore winds.
Janne Lipsanen, so ready.
Janne Lipsanen, so ready.
Crepel, bottom turn.
Crepel, bottom turn.
Crepel, fishy backside snap.
Crepel, fishy backside snap.
Meticulously tiptoeing around the seaweed
Meticulously tiptoeing around the seaweed.
Even Johnny, the chef at the hotel, put the lasagna in the oven and went for a surf!
Even Johnny, the chef at the hotel, put the lasagna in the oven and went for a surf!
Japanese rider, Shin Biyajimahin, chatting with locals and catching a Norwegian tan.
Japanese rider, Shin Biyajimahin, chatting with locals and catching a Norwegian tan.
Stad Surfing. Who’s coming in?
Stad Surfing. Who’s coming in?

What are you waiting for? Time to do some adventure-boarding. Head up to Stad Surfing Surf Hotel for a local surf experience like no other. Book Now.

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