STAVANGER (See and Hear): On Sunday it became clear that it was Kjell Strand (55) who had to leave «The Farm», after lost the duel in ax throw against his great rival, Robert Michael Scott (54). Afterwards was the mood to put it mildly amps between the two.
Kjell, who is originally from Sveio, now living in Stavanger, had a clear goal before his participation in “The Farm”: He wanted to win. Unless he now wins the side competition “Torpet”, this is just a distant dream.
– I do not want people to look at me as an asshole after my stay on “The Farm”, he states.
– Handsome and fun
At home in Stavanger, his girlfriend Alfhild Storhaug (53) can reassure him that he is still recognizable – also on the TV screen – ten years after she saw him for the first time. It happened when she joined the running group that Kjell was the leader of in the oil town.
– But we first became lovers a few years later. We eventually found out that we had several common interests outside of running, so we became more and more attached.
– What did you fall for then?
– I thought he was a handsome and funny man. I can be a little A4, and he’s not at all. We have had a lot of fun together on trips and experiences. He is very creative, while I am flexible and like to be involved in new things. He has opened some new doors in my life, praises Alfhild.
– Yes, she is extremely good at turning around. I suddenly suggest that we can go out on an island to sleep in a hammock, then she joins. Of course we have done that, says Kjell.
– It’s very nice to be girlfriend with him, but it happens that I walk a little quieter in the doors than he does. Should he do a stunt in a shop or come up with other tricks, I might look a little different. But those are just little things. Kjell is whole wood, says his girlfriend.
Will not marry
Although the love between them is strong, they have chosen to live separately in Stavanger. They have two children each. Alfhild has a son of 23 years and a daughter of 21, while Kjell has twin sons Vetle and Sondre of 19 years from their previous relationship.
– We have kids on each of our edges. Mine have moved out, while Kjell has one who still lives at home. We have put our children first. Then we will see what time brings in terms of cohabitation and other things, Alfhild points out.
– Can it end with a wedding?
– No, now we have it great the way we have it, Kjells’ clear message reads.
Both have managed to maintain good relations with their exes. Kjell still lives close to his ex-wife, Tine. For a couple of years after the divorce, they went on vacation with their sons. The good relationship has continued, and from time to time all three actually gather: Alfhild, Tine and Kjell.
– It does not happen that often, but sometimes I join for dinner with the two and the children. It’s fine. That’s how my ex-husband has been, too. He is remarried. The good relationship between us is very good for the children, Alfhild emphasizes.
Stretch the boundaries
She likes that her boyfriend makes everyday life exciting. Kjell has lived a very active outdoor life and makes no secret of the fact that he has stretched his limits on a couple of occasions. Today he is the general manager of Rogaland Aktiv AS, which he himself established in 2015.
Here he takes tourists and other outdoor enthusiasts on exciting nature experiences. The pace is high, but not at the same extreme level he was used to when he was younger.
Sometimes it has almost gone seriously wrong.
He has been sitting alone in a survival bag for three days after experiencing a so-called “white out”, where the terrain suddenly turns completely white – without a chance that anyone can maneuver anywhere. He has survived an avalanche, and he has been involved in losing a man down in a glacier crevasse. Luckily, they got him back up – well marked with a broken foot.
– Could have gone really wrong
– What is the most dramatic thing you have experienced?
– I have paddled a lot in the river, but I stopped when I was caught in a roller – that is, water that comes back towards the waterfall. Several years ago I got stuck in one and had to swallow a lot of water. Then I got scared, admits the “Farm” adventurer.
The drama took place in the Bjerkreim River, one of Rogaland’s largest watercourses.
– An unpleasant experience. It was ugly. I did not get out of the waltz, and it could have gone really wrong. The incident lasted for a few minutes. I finally had to get out of the kayak and get out on the side and in safety there, Kjell explains.
– Do you feel that you are playing with life?
– No I do not. But I have run outdoor life at a fairly advanced level before, and the environment I have belonged to has lost a number of profiles over the years, a serious Kjell Strand tells Se og Hør.
ALSO READ: Hailed after the injury drama