My name is Jakob Gjerluff Ager, I am 24 years old and from Denmark. I grew up on the danish west coast, surfing and sailing, spending more time on the water, than at home. From an early age I got into instructing, teaching in the local sailing club. Then after I finished college I quickly moved to Norway to live out a life long dream of living in the mountains and skiing every day. I joined the Norwegian skiing Academy and got a job in the mountain town of Trysil, eastern Norway, where a one-season idea became a 5 year life based around skiing, river kayaking, hiking and the all round mountain lifestyle. During these years of teaching and guiding, I developed my photography as a way of expressing my passion.
I felt a need to tell and inspire people about all these magical things we can experience if we step outside our comfort zone and seek out adventure. It does not have to be a 10,000 dollar trip to a far away corner of earth, as I often find my best adventures are never that far from home.
How did you get into surf photography? Surf photography was really a natural path for me to follow. Growing up on the coast, surfing and sailing really shaped me as a person and the ocean will always be one of the places i feel most at home. I have a lot of friends in the local community at my hometown, Ringkøbing, and through my work im getting new friendships and contacts all along the coasts of Denmark, and now more and more of Scandinavia - it is just great.
Where’s your favourite place to shoot? Ohh it is hard to say, i like to keep my shoots different. I love Canada though, my girlfriend lives there, so i go often. Canada is Denmark and Norway on steroids. The same cold climate, the same nature - just different. I in love with the people there and the whole atmosphere. I blends perfectly into my style of photography and passion for skiing, cold water surfing, the outdoors and so on.
Which is your favourite photograph you’ve ever taken? My absolute favorite shot was one i took a year ago. I only first got into the work of famous Chris Burkard a little more than a year ago and he has done some amazing shoots at the Lofoten islands in northern Norway. Last winter i found my self in that area, and luckily i stumbled upon some swedish surfers who new the place, and could take me to the exact spot of my favorite picture from Burkards trip. A couple of days later we where there, conditions were mind-blowing and the guys suited up. We stayed there for 5 hours, in freezing conditions, and i got my version of that picture to hang on the wall. It would later kick start my whole career and inspire me to continue - i am not sure where i would be today if it were not for that session.
Favourite surfer to shoot? My favorite surfer to shoot is defiantly Pontus Hallin from Sweden. He is by far the most stoked, heartwarming person i have ever met! He is out of this world. Every surfer in the cold water society in Scandinavia knows him. He has this vibes around him that no one can resist. The first time i met him was in the world smallest car where we packed 5 guys and 4 surfboards on icy roads. He talked for an hour about how he loved the carpet on the insides of the car - too great, to stoked - cant wait to hang out with him again!
A past Surf trip? I really have not been on too many pure surfing trips. Other than Norway and Denmark i have surfed in Sweden, Peru and Australia. My favorite trip is still my trip to the Lofoten islands i mentioned earlier. We sailed the island for 5 days on the “Skydancer” - a 72 foot sailboat captained by the danish viking Nick and his norwegian wife Turril. We skied some of the most amazing terrain on this planet and surfed some of the most rough shoreline i have ever seen. It is impossible to plan anything up there, do to the atlantic winds changing the weather constantly. You are really in the arms of mother nature - and that is really one of the most inspiring places to be! If you go there, be sure to stay the Lofoten ski lodge - some old fisherman's cabins right by the water. They have the best accommodation, great food and the best staff and guides you could ever ask for.