The forecast looked good. Strong west winds should send a little swell across Cook Inlet to hit the beaches within our reach from the road system on the Kenai Peninsula. Our friend Matt Wild made the often treacherous 4.5 hr drive down from Anchorage to meet up with us in Homer to film some Alaskan winter surfing.

As it turned out, we had the swell, but the wind also blew all the way across the inlet right onto the beaches here on the east side. For a brief moment it actually stopped, gusted offshore for a few minutes and got us all amped up. A few minutes later it turned back onshore stronger than ever. The daylight was not going to last much longer. Mike decided to check one other spot that has been known to produce waves on occasion. Score. Matt got some nice little surfing action shots to edit with his Homer vignettes. Love the edit and track.

kitesurfing alaska in winter

Not everyone is trying to avoid onshore winds though. Homer has had a pretty solid crew of kitesurfers for several years now, but this was the first day I’ve witnessed a kiter making the most of a winter storm. Obadiah Jenkins was in town and the cold didn’t slow him down. I have to admit, it was pretty frigid even by my standards. Combine that with about 20-30mph wind… he lasted at least 20 minutes slashing some waves and doing some nice stylish airs.

All I had with me was a little pocket point and shoot but I managed a few shots to tell the story.

kitesurfing alaska in winter

kitesurfing alaska in winter

This hockey team from Wisconsin couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

kitesurfing alaska in winter

Obadiah Jenkins post session. I think his face might be frozen in that grin.