Summer is finally here! Expat surfers and founders Mor and Vahine of Cold Hawaii are ready to welcome you!
Photographs: Cold Hawaii FB page
Text: Nikolaos Papadopoulos
Typically, surfing is associated with warm waters, palm trees, and tropical paradises. Not for Mor Meluka and Vahinuera Itcher, founders and owners of the Cold Hawaii Surf Camp; accomplished surfers, instructors, and expats.
Mor is from Israel, while Vahine moved to Denmark, from French Polynesia, at 10. Both hail from warm countries with big surfing scenes (Polynesia is where surfing originated from), so the first thing I had to ask was: “Why Denmark?”. “Well, we quickly fell in love with Denmark’s cold and mystical coast,” Mor tells me. Indeed, the beaches of Denmark are very different from most. “We both come from warm places, so we find the Danish coast unique and inspiring!”.
“Denmark is a welcoming country with amazing, open-minded people. However, the surfing scene in Denmark was tiny when we arrived”, says Vahine, “there were only a handful of surfers in the water.”
The cold was not, however, the biggest problem for them. “Denmark is a welcoming country with amazing, open-minded people. However, the surfing scene in Denmark was tiny when we arrived”, says Vahine, “there were only a handful of surfers in the water”. This meant they both had to put in a lot of hard work to attract people and make them interested in surfing. Well, all their hard work seems to have paid off! The camp now attracts a fair amount of people; they mostly come from Denmark and Germany, but there is also a healthy number of surfers from all over the world for the experience Cold Hawaii offers.
With over 45 years of surfing experience between the two of them, several surfing accolades under their belts, surfing more than anyone else on Denmark’s west coast 12 months a year, and with a crew of passionate surfers behind them, the camp is ideal for beginners and professionals, young and old, alike. “We came to know every grain of sand along the coast”, they jokingly tell me. The camp even offers yoga classes and camps for girls and women aged 18-65!
So maybe it is time to head to Klitmøller for a family adventure! Mor and Vahine will surely give you an experience you won’t easily forget!