Australia

Mick Fanning enjoys magical surf beneath the Northern Lights

Australian surfing champion Mick Fanning has completed a spectacular ride on "surprisingly good" waves beneath the Northern Lights in Norway.

Fanning, 35, hit the surf as the Aurora Borealis lit up the archipelago of Lofoten. Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption Fanning, 35, hit the surf as the Aurora Borealis lit up the archipelago of Lofoten
He camped out with Norwegian photographers Mats Andreassen Grimsæth and Emil Kjos Sollie Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption He camped out with Norwegian photographers Mats Andreassen Grimsæth and Emil Kjos Sollie
Surfer Mick Fanning in Norway Image copyright Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth
Image caption Fanning, from Sydney, described the experience as something he would remember forever
Fanning and the photographers head out from the camping spot. Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption "We sat out for two nights in a row waiting for the lights to come," the surfer said
He was nervous the spectacle could come when there was no surf. Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption He was nervous the spectacle could come when there was no surf
Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption But the conditions aligned on the third day, with Fanning telling the ABC the waves were "surprisingly good"
Between sets of waves, Fanning said he was "just staring up at the sky just screaming with excitement". Image copyright Emil Sollie/Mats Grimsæth
Image caption Between sets of waves, Fanning said he was "just staring up at the sky just screaming with excitement".

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