Mot nord (Northbound) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful skate videos I’ve ever seen. It has a focus on conquering the elements in a man vs. nature kind of way and feels very introspective at the same time. The tricks are impressive, but the video is more about the environment of frozen beaches and found objects than the skaters themselves, who are so covered up for the cold that they almost look like shadows dancing.
Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp.
I’m tempted to buy or rent the full video documentary on the making of Northbound, called On Thin Ice, which can be found here.