October is traditionally the time that weather patterns begin to shift around my hometown of Homer, Alaska. Along with a bunch of rain, cold weather, and slush, October brings the first real westerly winds that push waves into the Kachemak Bay. After about five months with very very little to no surf, all of a sudden there’s a chance of a lump rolling onto the beaches. This is a great time of year to surf as much as possible in Alaska since the water is relatively warm (just above 50 degrees Fahrenheit) and you can’t complain about the air temps either.
I just returned from a week of surfing in Yakutat (more on this later) where it’s much warmer both in the water and out. After a nice two day break for my sore back and arms, Tuesday (10/7/08) brought some head high faces crashing into Homer. There was a record number of surfers in the water despite the close-out beach break conditions. The photo above was taken before I ran down the beach and paddled out. As the tide rose and the hours ticked by conditions improved and we actually ended up with some pretty nice clean barrels. Fast steep drops followed by a nice cool water sinus flush.
The next morning was even better – that report is next.