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Kepa Acero Surfs Icy Antarctica



Kepa Acero has spent the last several years of his life riding the most exotic waves on the planet. After conquering the Indonesian Sea, the Andaman Sea and the Angola Sea, he took off for the Antarctic in early January to catch some arctic surfing waves. As Acero discovered, that’s not an easy thing to do. The water is freezing and teeming with man-eating fauna like orcas and leopard seals (no polar bears; they only live north of the equator). Also, despite their unforgiving temperature, the waves proved unsuitable for big wave surfing.

Acero spent nearly two months trying to find a suitable crest, but gave up in February. “It has been an unforgettable experience, even though I have not once gotten up on my board,” he writes.

Don’t hold it against the guy. Earlier this year he was voted 2012 Adventurer of the Year for his amazing efforts hunting virgin breaks across the far corners of the high seas (watch him surf the fresh lobster breaks off the coast of Angola). Expect Acero to find another quest in 2013 to feed his desire for exploration and adrenaline.

If there was a wave to surf in Antarctica, Kepa Acero would have surfed it. He’ll find another.

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