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s part of the celebration of Russian surf-
ing here on Bali, this year’s Surf Jam
Festival at Balian featured a photography
contest. The results were extraordinary. A
window into a surfing place that is a gal-
axy away from the Indonesian experience.
A window into the power of the passion of
surfers regardless of their environment.
Surfing in Russia. Sub-zero weather, snow,
ice, mystery. These winning images from
the biggest, most secretive country on earth
are worthy of meditation for their form and
honesty. But mostly for their raw beauty. A
reflection from a place that would be last on
any surfers mind. Unless of course you live
there. Surfers find a way. Surfers survive.
Surfers surf no matter what. And here is the
proof. Here, in their own words, are the win-
ning Russian photographers reflections on
these penetrating images from the frozen
Grand Prize:
Photographer: Anna Shalashova
“March, 16th. 2016. That was a very windy
day with strong precipitation. Wind speed
was about 50 km. Coming snow squalls re-
duced visibility to zero. Sand with snow and
water splashes flew straight into the lens.
It was demolishing. Riders couldn’t stay in
water for a long, because of a strong cur-
rent, that could take them down. Surfing in
the sea wasn’t possible that day. But we
tried. I’ve never seen a storm like this in the
Barents Sea before.
Following page clockwise from top left:
Runner Up:
Photographer Kirill Umrikhin
Location: Kamchatka, Russia
“What I can say- it’s water was 6 degrees
Celsius. Cold enough to break your bones”
Third Place:
Photographer: Olga Sinenko
“21.03.2016, Girl and twilight.
That shooting was supposed to be nothing
special. I did something similar before mil-
lions of times. Girls and boards, beautiful
sunset, sparkles...But this girl was differ-
ent. Very real. She felt it. Not just a model.
We stayed untill dark, moment and emotion
were captured”.
Fourth Place:
Photographer Anna Gavrilova
“09.05.2016, 12:49. Kamchatka, a place
where there is no definite surf season. Surf-
ing on the Kamchatka Peninsula can be at
any time of the year. Waves have always
been there. Pure, pure, pure water of the
Pacific Ocean, the beautiful scenery, lack of
dangerous animals in the water. But careful
of big bears on land. The main thing is to
choose the right outfit for this water temper-
ature. At that time, a very good day. Sun so
bright. Everything so wild and clean. High-
quality waves come. And on sunny day like
this allow to receive an indescribable pleas-
ure of surfing. Rider is Anton Morozov.
Fifth Place:
Photographer: Anna Shalashova
March, 1. The photo was taken at sunrise.
Just before the sun came up to turn the
snow pink. The sun does nothing to warm
anything here. Rider is wearing a hat, be-
cause it’s very cold. Beyond cold. The
waves were perfect that morning, he said.
This is on the Barents sea, a secret spot
near the Teriberka village. I was not allowed
to do shootings of the surf.