February 24, 2018 / 11:02 AM / 2 years ago

Surf's up! Australian Olympians chase waves at Pyeongchang Games

Australian Olympic team members Danielle Scott, Scott Kneller, James Matheson, Harry Laidlaw and Rohan Chapman-Davies pose for photographs in Gangneung, South Korea, February 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Four Australian winter Olympians swapped their skis for surfboards on Saturday, chasing waves despite the frigid water temperature.

“It’s no bikini weather here but the waves we had out there were pretty sweet,” freestyle skier Danielle Scott told Reuters Television.

The athletes wore full-body wet suits in the four-degree-Celsius waters near the coastal town of Gangneung where some Olympic venues are located.

“It’s a different kind of coldness but it’s fun out there,” said slalom skier Harry Laidlaw.

The surfing was organized by the Australian Olympic Committee for athletes who are no longer competing in the Games which end on Sunday.

Reporting by Yiming Woo, editing by Darren Schuettler and Clare Fallon

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