You’ll never know unless you go. This thought often makes us get in the car for the 3.5 hr one way drive to Turnagain Arm in search of the often elusive boretide. The tides are very predictable, the wave – not so much.
It’s always a gamble with the countless variables that change the wave, and then there’s the wind. Ever since last fall we have been trying to find the monster wave we saw near the town of Hope. So far this year we are yet to see it. The serpent seems to be sleeping.
On one fine day this summer we did score a sweet, glassy, twenty minute ride with some nice clean faced sections. It wasn’t the double overhead wave we were hoping for, but it was good times.
The video is pretty long, but I figured it was time to show a bit more of the full story, especially on a nice glassy wave like this one was! It’s 1080HD so feel free to go big on the resolution selector.
I had the GoPro mounted on my head and recorded the ride at 20 minutes and 3 seconds. We covered roughly 3 miles I’d estimate. At the biggest this wave was about waist high. Where you see it crumble into a foam pile the water depth is too shallow to support the incoming wave energy. When the wave backs off and starts to disappear the water is too deep for the incoming wave energy. It’s a fine line that makes the glassy face.
This is variable nature is the main reason why we love surfing the boretide wave with stand up paddleboards, you can stick with the wave throughout all it’s different sections and even move back and forth on the face to get at the good stuff. And perhaps the most important benefit of the paddleboard is if you fall off the wave you can often catch back up to it!
Enough talking about past surf sessions. The observations look like there should be waves in Homer, Alaska today. I’m out.