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Episode 1

THE UNTAMED

In search of hidden waves in a forgotten place. Follow Jens & Peter’s story.

BIOGRAPHY PETER SAHLBERG

  • Age: 41
  • Family: Josefine Bengtsson
  • Profession: Surfer
  • Lives in: Costa Rica, Biarritz, Galicia & Stockholm
  • Grew up in: The beach town of Skanör in the South of Sweden
  • About following your passion: “Conventional life was good, but it wasn’t enough. I was lucky to meet Jens. He was like me – determined to become a surfer and live off nature.”

BIOGRAPHY JENS HOLMER

  • Age: 46
  • Family: Mirja and surf-son Noár
  • Profession: Surfer
  • Lives in: Costa Rica, Biarritz, Galicia & Stockholm
  • Grew up in: Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden
  • About following your passion: ”We’ve been on a summer vacation for about 20 years, and the summer never ends.”

Inspiring Vegetarian Recipes


OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS

Secret spot. Big Island, Hawaii
Surfing naked with our Hawaiian friends with just sea turtles and humuhumunukunukuapua'a the Hawaii state fish all around us.

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OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS

La Côte des Basques, Biarritz
Heritage. The birthplace of surfing in Europe.

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OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS

Secret spot. Galicia
Surfing in this national preserve by ourselves surrounded by dolphins.

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OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS

San O, California
Classic Californian longboard friendly waves

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OUR FAVORITE SURF SPOTS

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Winter home break – we walk down from our ranch in less than a minute to surf this magic wave every day.

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10 THINGS
WHEN MOVING ABROAD

  • 1. Act – don’t wait – just do it!
  • 2. Be open
  • 3. Dare to learn the language, speak out
  • 4. Bring a surfboard
  • 5. Bring crispbread
  • 6. Be patient – it takes time to feel at home
  • 7. Be curious
  • 8. Be adventurous
  • 9. Have fun, play a lot
  • 10. Life is not a rehearsal

Aloha means peace and compassion but is more commonly used as a way to say goodbye and hello.

Hang loose is a classic surf gesture meaning “all good”.

A move where the surfer hangs all ten toes over the nose of the surfboard while surfing a wave.

Like a “hang ten” but requires only five toes as opposed to ten toes.

Like a “Hang five” but doesn’t require the surfer to stand at the front of the surfboard, but rather crouch down and stretch out the leg to get the five toes over the nose.

A point break refers to the place where waves hit a point of land or rocks standing out from the coastline.

Hearing someone shouting “Surf’s up, dude!” means that waves are good and that it’s time to surf!

A beginner who, for example, wears their wetsuit inside out or doesn’t follow the rules in the line up.

Wipeout means falling off, or being knocked off the surfboard when riding a wave.

Join the line up and wait for the perfect wave – just make sure you don’t jump the invisible queue.

A beachbreak is a surf spot where the waves are created by shallow sandy bottom or a sandbank.

A reefbreak is a surf spot where the waves are created by a reef. Pro tip: Avoid wipeouts here.

A classic documentary from 1966 which follows surfers on their quest to find the “endless summer”.

5 THINGS WE MISS ABOUT SWEDEN

  • 1. Family & friends
  • 2. The nature
  • 3. The vibes
  • 4. The crisp air
  • 5. The crisp bread

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