Surfboards and the Northern Lights: It's an uncommon pairing, but in this holiday season, it sure seems to work. And the plus side of surf trips to the Arctic Circle, besides the obvious lack of crowds, is you can surf all day and all night.
This Iceland lineup comes complete with its own Christmas tree and fresh pine scent to keep you in the holiday mood until the ice melts.
Old Haleiwa town on the North Shore of Oahu dressed up and in the spirit of the season. Just don't expect it to snow.
Icebergs and Logs
This is exactly why Santa uses reindeer instead of a longboard to come down from the North Pole every December.
Shelter from the storm? Who needs it when you've got wide-open, overhead barrels. And with a backdrop like that, you just might forget for a minute how cold you are.
"On Donder, on Blitzen, on Comet, on G-Mac, now dash away, dash away, dash away all." Or something like that.
Talk about down the chimney with holiday spirit. You'd better be able to deliver if you paddle out at Backdoor with a hat like that on. G-Mac does every time.
It's not exactly a sled, and he's not exactly Kris Kringle, but you have to admit, Keith Malloy does have the facial hair to pull off a pretty believable impression.
Hit it like you mean it this season.
North Shore, Oahu
You're never going to find a white Christmas in Hawaii, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of holiday cheer. And the best part: No wetsuit required.
A New Toy
Six years old, out on a new board for the first time. The Grinch ain't got nothin' on Saint Nick.
On some beaches, you find chunks of coral mixed in with the sand. Up north of the Arctic Circle, it's replaced by crystalline pieces of ice.
Orange County, Calif.
Happy holidays to all, may good waves and good fortune roll in your way in the new year.