A Yakutat local surfer surveys Snappers, Yakutat, Alaska.

A Yakutat local surfer surveys Snappers, Yakutat, Alaska.

This is the fourth post reporting on a surfing trip to Yakutat from the fall of 2008.
It’s the last couple days, by now we were actually getting pretty used to squirming into that cold wet and smoky wetsuit each morning. The 15 minute walk in the surf booties down to our regular break (Pt Carrew) was pretty familiar, and so was the pain in the toes. I don’t think they had hiking in mind when they designed surfing booties. The last couple days of our stay were pretty average, each day seemed to offer a few good waves one way or another. The real highlight however was the last surf session of the trip. We packed up and went the airport in the morning only to find out that we were too late to get on our flight. Remember this if you visit Yakutat – the airport may be small and, yes they could easily scan your bags and put them on the jet in about 3 minutes, but you must check in your bags at least 50 minutues prior to departure.  Well, it seemed like a bummer, but when we got back out to Snappers surf break with four hours to spare it was clear we were not going to be bored waiting for the next flight.

Glassy surf dream emerging out of the flat light in Yakutat, Alaska.

Glassy surf dream emerging out of the flat light in Yakutat, Alaska after our last session.

Jake Beaudoin and I, the only two remaining surfers, had one of our best sessions of the trip. It was glassy glassy, about head high, hollow and fast.  One after another, after another, drop in, turn turn turn, to the lip, to the bottom, watch it jack up, point it and hold on.  Oohh wave sliding at its prime. Certainly if I had the skills there would have been a fair share of tubes.  Maybe next year I’ll do them justice.

Jake performs the morning ritual of gasps and moans as he crawls into his cold damp wetsuit.

Jake performs the morning ritual of gasps and moans as he crawls into his cold damp wetsuit.

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Jake Beaudoin ripping Yakutat, Alaska on the 'taxi cab'.

Jake Beaudoin ripping Yakutat, Alaska on the 'taxi cab'.

Alex Wilson trying to ruin a photo with a cheesy hang loose. This might cure him.

Alex Wilson trying to ruin a photo with a cheesy hang loose. This might cure him.

Surf and the St Elias Range, Yakutat, Alaska.

Surf and the St Elias Range, Yakutat, Alaska.

Alex Wilson on the walk back to camp at sunset, Yakutat, Alaska.

Alex Wilson on the walk back to camp at sunset, Yakutat, Alaska.

The end of another great Alaskan surf adventure - cold ones on the beach and getting flipped off by your friends as they pick their nose.

The end of another great Alaskan surf adventure - cold ones on the beach and getting flipped off by friend as he picks his nose.