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Vintersurfarna Markus Rydberg och Gustav Häggström i Läjesviken utanför Varberg. Foto: Henrik Martinell / Sveriges Radio
Winter surfers Markus Rydberg and Gustav Häggström in Läjesviken outside Varberg. Photo: Henrik Martinell / Sveriges Radio

Storm Alexander a godsend for Swedish surfers

Storm Alexander is set to bring misery to people in Southern Sweden on Friday evening, but for a bunch of surfers, it's a godsend.

The surfers have been waiting since November for the right weekend weather to hold the annual Swedish Surfing Championships and the storm moving in to the south is a cause for celebration.

"The waves are expected to be three to four feet high on Saturday. We are very pleased. This is what all surfers have been waiting for the entire autumn, it will be really high waves on a Saturday," Niclas Sjögren from the surf club at Nynäshamn told news agency TT.

Surfers gathering at Torö Stenstrand outside Nynäshamn near Stockholm early tomorrow morning will be met by harsh conditions. 

"The championship begins at sunrise. It's going to be freezing cold. It's not like you leave your car in the parking lot in Hawaii and put on the surf shorts. This is a struggle for survival, of misery and cold and blue lips," Sjögren says, adding that the high waves from the stormy weather will make the championships one to remember.

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