News & Opinion | December 14, 2016 9:00 am

Mick Fanning Surfing Under the Northern Lights is Simply Too Majestic for This World

We. Just. Can't. Look. Away.

Professionals make everything look easy. But behind those deceptively simple appearances is a lot of practice.

Let us consider these recent photos and footage of surfer Mick Fanning plying his trade under the Northern Lights: It’s not just Fanning’s surfing skills on display here; it’s the patience and skill of Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth as well.

If you’re thinking, “That’s just being in the right place at the right time. Anyone could just snap a pic and be done with it,” you might be a touch too influenced by how iPhones have democratized photography.

Becase capturing the surfer at night while also getting the full display of the Northern Lights is techinically extraordinary  and no small feat — they camped out and waited for for three days to get these shots. And Fanning, who survived a shark attack last year, has paid his dues too. 

Don’t try that with your iPhone.

Main Image: Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth / Red Bull Content Pool