Big stormy winter surf crashing in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Big, stormy, winter surf crashing in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

It was big. It was messy. It was blowing on shore and breaking a half mile offshore. It was fun. The well known and easily accessed beaches here in Homer, Alaska don’t handle a big stormy swell like today’s very well. The set waves were breaking way offshore and the current and foam piles were vicious inside. We were pretty much limited to sitting outside trying to pick off one of those mobbing set waves that would crank up out there.  How big was it? I’m not really sure, but the set waves seemed like they were pushing ten feet on the face. Though they never had a chance to break top to bottom because of the gradually inclining beach that would ware them down before they jacked up and crushed it inside on the bar.

Maybe some of the other guys can tell us how big they were?

Big enough to be exciting just to sit out there amongst them, I can tell you that much. Homer might get waves this big a few times a winter.  Getting outside was a challenge. Fortunately I was out with a 6’2″ little wafer and could duck-dive my way out relatively easy. Some poor guys with bigger boards were never actually able to get outside the aggressive shore break.

Air temps in the mid 20’s F, a little bit of blowing snow and a gorgeous sunset.  Thanks to Amanda for sticking it out with my camera to shoot some photos of the mayhem.  You think surfing in this climate is cold, try standing on the beach taking photos!

Jake Bell runs out for a stormy Alaskan surf session

Jake Bell runs out for a stormy Alaskan surf session

Alaskan surfer Ben Reynolds walks back up stream.

Ben Reynolds walks back up stream.

The waiting room. Alaskan surfers looking for a break in the pounding shorebreak

The waiting room. Alaskan surfers looking for a break in the pounding shore break.

Mike McCune walking back up stream during an 4:15pm Alaskan sunset.

Mike McCune walking back upstream at sunset.