In 2010, Norwegians Inge Wegge and JÃ¸rn Ranum spent nine months through the cold, Norwegian winter in an isolated and uninhabited bay in the Lofoten Islands – their aim was to surf empty, perfect waves by themselves. They survived on food scrounged mostly for free from stores, scoring stuff was still left over after its expiration date, and they lived in a shelter they built from driftwood and other scavenged materials.
“Some days you can have the perfect wave and you’re alone,” Wegge told ESPN Euro. “The biggest I’ve been out in was 7 meters [22 feet]. When we did this project, we had to be extra careful, because in the winter it’s about two hours to walk from where we lived to civilization. It’s remote. And there was no cell-phone signal.”
The duo made a movie about their experience (teaser below), which is available to rent on Vimeo for five bucks. To this day, they haven’t revealed the location of the bay, more to allow others the joy of discovery than any desire to keep people out. One person who knows where it is: The helicopter pilot they hired. In nine months, Wegge and Ranum collected so much trash that washed up on the beach, they need a sling carry to take it all out.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.