Cold Lines: Lee-Ann Curren in Iceland

There’s been a heatwave across Australia in the past week, and it’s hard to remember that much of the world is in the grips of winter right now. Personally, I don’t do cold. I quite like snow but if it’s below 25* and there is no snow then I’ll probably be complaining.

For Lee-Ann Curren though, after visiting on a regular basis for the past 5 years, Iceland has become almost like a second home. I’ll let that sink in. Iceland. Land of Ice + surfing.

iceland“I’m not sure what attracts me so much about this place. Maybe the immensity of the landscapes that make you feel so vulnerable, yet very much alive, and leave you in a permanent state of awe and contemplation.” Lee-Ann Curren

While I dream of tropical island, coconuts and bikinis, Lee-Ann and film-maker Claudia Lederer dream ice and snow.

“Iceland’s untouched nature and its powerful, unreal landscapes provide total escapism and a real fascination for many of us. Day after day, while on the road searching for waves, the misty and cold atmosphere created an invitation for us to move to another world, fuelling our imagination with tales and legends where each rock generates a new mystical dimension. We travelled like that for a few days, carried by winds and swell, on the hunt for waves that would allow us to bring back unique memories of this extraordinary region.” Claudia Lederer

Cold Lines is a beautiful clip and watching it, I can begin to understand the fascination. I’m not sure I’ll ever be brave enough to surf somewhere that is, quite literally freezing. But in the heat of summer, it’s wonderful to watch and simply imagine being cold.