Considered by some to be one of the best surfing spots in the UK, the Northeast of England gets swells from the Arctic that make their way down from the North Sea with the coldest sea temperatures in England.

Through Clouds and Water, is a timeless docmentary film about the people and culture of cold water surfing in this part of Britain’s industrial north coast. The film was shot in December and January capturing the guys who live and surf here going into the frigid water in head-to-toe neoprene.

This is not a rich place. What was once a prosperous stretch of industrial coastline is now a bleak shadow of its former glory.

It’s grim but home pride remains a constant in the lives of the surfer dudes living among the smokestacks and raw relationship with the sea around.  Watch the film here or above.

Photos and film courtesy filmmakers A Common Future.