Mike McCune surfing in Seward, Alaska.

Mike McCune surfing in Seward, Alaska.

A break that you can drive to in Seward? I don’t recall when or where I first heard of this, it sounded a bit mystical at the time. After making the 7hr round trip drive twice for nothing, that reputation was well established. When Mike asked if I wanted to make the trip again, I knew better, but agreed anyhow.  What if they scored without me!? 4:30am we were on the road. 8am were were sitting in the car at the end of the road in Seward watching some ankle slappers peel along the beach. I call them ankle slappers, but they weren’t just any old surf for vermin.  These were perfect 8inch grinders, and if you watched through the binoculars you could easily imagine yourself sitting right there in the happy spot smiling at your good fortune. At breakfast in Seward I think we were all thinking about that movie, what was it called? Honey I shrunk the kids?

9:30am we are full of breakfast and back at the break just to make absolutely sure it wasn’t worth the drive. Turns out that over breakfast none of use got any smaller, but the swell  had climbed to something that resembled waist to chest high. Mike and Iceman made it halfway between the car and the break before turning around and running back for their suits and boards. And that my friend, is when the fun began.

There is no doubt that the combined 21hrs of driving committed to this session was repaid in full by this perfect morning in Resurrection Bay. Add it all up and it wasn’t even an hour per wave!

Wish you could have been there. Enjoy the photos.

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Mike McCune surfing Seward, Alaska.

 

Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

Mike McCune surfing Seward, Alaska.

Mike McCune surfing Seward, Alaska.

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Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

Iceman surfing Seward, Alaska.

How fun was that?

How fun was that?

Surf break in Seward, Alaska.

Surf break in Seward, Alaska.

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Redoubt Volcano steaming about 11 hours after it erupted sending ash to 63,000ft

Redoubt Volcano steaming about 11 hours after it erupted sending ash to 63,000ft

I might whine a bit about the driving time for us Homerites to get over to Seward, but the scenery isn’t too bad, and this was a particularly good day to be away from our Homer hometown. Turns out that while we were in Seward our most active nearby volcano erupted and sent a cloud of ash that lightly coated Homer and surrounding areas. We have since then had a much more substantial ash fall, but that’s another story.

 

My car which got to stay in the driveway collecting volcanic ash in Homer.

My car which got to stay in the driveway collecting volcanic ash in Homer.