MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Once upon a Milo surf boat trip. It was late fall 2014 and McFish and I were eager to get out and surf some Gulf of Alaska goodness. We rounded up a couple willing compadres and headed out for what became a trip we’ll never forget. Good waves, big waves, hollow waves and a few that were all three. Taylor Paul joined us on this blessed trip – his first real Alaskan surf experience. As a well travelled surfer he knows good waves when he stumbles across them. When we hugged our good byes at the dock it wasn’t a whisper that we heard – “I’ll be back soon!”

Taylor Paul aboard the M/V MIlo on a surf adventure in Alaska.

The return of Taylor Paul to the M/V Milo in Alaska.

So I held him to it, and in 2015 when I was looking for a crew to join me on a surf trip for Mtn Dew I called on Taylor Paul. I knew he could surf well and wouldn’t be afraid of the camera. And secretly I thought maybe he had good luck and I wanted him on the boat for this trip too . . . I learned a couple things –  he might not have great luck with airplanes, he’s perhaps ok with helicopters? And, definitely has good luck with boat based surf trips! Check out the video from that trip here: Surfing Alaska for Mtn Dew.

2016 He says he wants to come back. This time with a crew from Rip Curl who is breathing some new life into their ‘The Search’ campaign. What better place to search for waves than Alaska!? After a couple months of emails and confusion we loaded the boat up and headed out of town to meet the crew in another port. I still wasn’t sure if they were coming, and if so, who was included. I figured Taylor wouldn’t miss a trip so if she showed up alone we’d still have some fun.

Turns out they sent the A team – Mick Fanning and Mason Ho were standing there on the dock with Taylor and a few production related folks.

Below are some favorite photos I took during the trip. Hope you enjoy.

MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning getting his gear ready on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

 

MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning  jumping into some chilly dawn patrol while on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

 

MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning – a familiar face in an unfamiliar setting.

 

Mason Ho on a boat based surf adventrue in Alaska aboard the m/v MIlo.

Mason Ho on a boat based surf adventrue in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

 

Mason Ho on a boat based surf adventrue in Alaska aboard the m/v MIlo.

Mason Ho – The Search.

 

MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

 

MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

 

Mason Ho on a boat based surf adventrue in Alaska aboard the m/v MIlo.

Even Mason Ho thought this wave was a little scary. I was happy to be standing on dry land watching this show. . .

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MIck Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

Mick Fanning on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska aboard the m/v Milo.

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Mason Ho and Mick Fanning aboard the m/v Milo on a surf adventure in Alaska.

Mason Ho and Mick Fanning getting used to some excessive rubber aboard the m/v Milo on a surf adventure in Alaska.

 

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Local bald eagles keeping an eye on us surfing this point wave in Alaska.

 

The m/v Milo on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska.

The m/v Milo on a boat based surf adventure in Alaska.