Nixon Surf Challenge, North Norway

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Miky Picon (FRA) claimed top honors at the 2011 edition of the Nixon Surf Challenge, which for the first time in its 10 year history went down somewhere other than San Sebastian in Spain - the Lofoten Islands in deepest, darkest part of Norway, to be exact.

Lying within the Arctic circle, the Lofoten Islands offered up three consecutive days of world-class surfing in conditions that would undoubtedly send a shiver down any mere mortal’s spine. Snowy skies and sub-zero air temperatures, however, were no match for the surfers’ hunger for clean 2-4 foot waves on the first two days, while the ocean really pulled out all the stops on the final day of competition with six-foot bombs and ink blue barrels peeling left and right down the shoreline.