Inge Wegge and his two brothers survived Bear Island and made this film..
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2015 - Inge Wegge had a dream to go on a trip with his two brothers, spend some quality time together, explore nature and maybe score some surf. Inge didn’t book a package deal to Cabo San Lucas for beers, bros and bikinis. No. There is something a little bit wrong with Inge. He chose Bear Island, a small inhospitable nature reserve floating in the arctic waters off the coast of Norway that may, or may not be holding surf. Also, it is NORTH of Iceland.
A brief description of the adventure on their website reads: Three Brothers cross country ski in a white, barren landscape. Each has a sled in tow with a surfboard perched on top. The snow whips them as they set up camp in preparation for the day ahead. The next morning, they hit the virgin waves where no one has surfed before. But one brother must stay ashore, vigilant, poised, with a rifle should Bjørnøya's natural predator, the Polar Bear emerge.
So how did it go? Here’s what he discovered:
Where is Bear Island?
It is in the middle between mainland Norway and Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It’s a small island, only approximately 15x20km, in the middle of the Barents Sea.
Why did you do this?
We wanted to be one with nature, without any "distractions" like cell phones, computers etc, have time together as brothers and explore some waves that never had been surfed before.
What was the biggest challenge?
Getting permission to go there, and to find transportation. It is a very strict nature reserve, and no one has ever been on the island like "tourists" for that long of a stay before. We had to prove that we could take care of ourselves in all situations, like polar bears, food, emergencies etc.
Personally it was difficult because my wife was in the first stage of pregnancy and I felt I wanted to be with her as well.
Did you ever think: "My god, we’re going to die?"
How long into the trip were you before you wanted to kill each other?
Haha. We are very close as brothers, and I’m very happy that I have my brothers also as my best friends. We share the same interests, and we get along good. There were some times we argued, and we learned a lot about each other, but there was only one time I put Håkons head on the chopping block and used the axe, and that was for cutting his hair.
What wave discovery showed the most promise?
There were two fun waves on the south west part, and a fun beach break on the north end that worked the best.
Will you go back?
If I ever get the chance, YES! But I’m not doing all that work to get permission again.
Thank you for your time. Would you like to add anything else?
I hope we inspire people to go out and enjoy our fantastic planet, and that we can work together to take care of it.
XTreme Video has released “Bear Island (Bjørnøya).” This unique new surf and adventure documentary is now available for rent or download on iTunes, Google Play and other VOD platforms.