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Taking it to the limit: Freddie Meadows

Top performance on any terrain – that’s the essence of the new BMW X3. A series on the sheer joy of pushing the limits, with three stories of adventure and burning curiosity, narrated from three different perspectives. In this interview, Swedish surfer Freddie Meadows talks about surfing in icy waters.

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Dirk Bruniecki

Ever since I was 14, surfing has been virtually the only thing I think about. I’ve put all the money I have into the sport. I even managed to convince my mother to drive me to the beaches in winter and in the snow. At some point, I started surfing in the parts of Norway north of the Arctic Circle as well as on the Faroe Islands – in other words, in extremely cold waters. That might be a far cry from the typical image of surfing on exotic sandy beaches, but I grew up in Sweden, so it seemed almost natural to me.

“It was the largest,  fiercest, most  frightening wave ever –  and the most  magical.”

Freddie Meadows 

Ice, bitter cold and a wetsuit may not be the first things you associate with surfing, but Freddie Meadows sees things a bit differently.

And it’s more of a challenge, too. A few years ago, I temporarily retired from competition and I’m now back living in Sweden, mainly in my BMW. I’m also constantly on the lookout for the best waves in the colder, northerly regions of the planet. This year, I’ve spent more nights in my car than in my bed at home. It’s like a partner for me. In Scandinavia, the weather can change really quickly. You often drive for many hours to no avail. Sometimes you’re just half an hour away from your destination and the weather is ideal, but you still don’t quite dare to believe that the waves will be perfect.

“I must have spent about six hours in the water, which was just above freezing, and I came out the happiest man on earth.”

In search of the perfect wave with the new BMW X3

In search of the perfect wave with the new BMW X3

Two and a half years ago, I set off on an expedition along the Swedish coast with some friends. As usual, we were travelling in my BMW. It was an area that none of us knew, and for three days we drove through forests and scoured the coast. On the fourth morning, we discovered a wave, the sight of which brought tears to my eyes. We called it Valhalla. It was the largest, fiercest, most frightening, most beautiful and most magical wave I’ve ever experienced in Swedish waters. I must have spent about six hours in the water, which was just above freezing, and I came out the happiest man on earth.

Perfect partner: the new BMW X3 has enhanced off-road character and an array of luxury-class extras.

Model facts

BMW X3 M40i

Displacement cc
Cylinders

2998
6

Output
kW (PS)

265 (360)

Torque Nm

500

Top speed

250

Acceleration
0-100km/h

4,8

Fuel economy in l/100 km
urban
inter-urban
combined


11,1-10,8
7,0-6,7
8,4-8,2

CO2 emissions
(combined) g/km


193 - 188

11/03/2017