Surfing Kodiak, Alaska

By |July 29th, 2010|

If you are looking to score some summer waves in Alaska Kodiak and Yakutat are two well known spots to consider visiting.

In the archives you can find a four part report from a surf trip to Yakutat. Part One, Two, Three, Four. Now it’s Kodiak’s turn. Having been a few years since I’ve surfed Kodiak myself, I reached out for this post to a Surf Alaska follower Caroline Goodman. She was kind enough to share her story and answer a few questions on the surf scene in Kodiak. If you enjoy the interview thank her in the comments, she’s done us all a great favor here.

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Stand up Paddle Surfing Alaska

By |July 5th, 2010|

Mike McCune first time stand up paddlesurfing Alaska!

The surf report between May and September in Homer, Alaska is typically pretty bleak. It’s actually sort of a wonder that we get waves here at all considering that Kachemak Bay is completely sheltered from any open ocean swell. In the Summer this is excruciatingly apparent.

The tide has changed here though, with the launch of the Surf Alaska stand up paddlesurfing division bringing a sudden influx of stand up paddleboards we’re not planning on leaving our wetsuits to dry for 3-4 months this summer. We have a new motto we repeat with great satisfaction as we look out at the shin high wind chop breaking on the Homer Spit – ‘we could surf that’.

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Surf Alaska is in business

By |July 4th, 2010|

It’s July fourth here in Alaska this morning –  Independence Day, a historical date to celebrate. And we have good reason for celebration, there is a tiny little swell hitting the Homer Spit. It might not be enough to ride on a surfboard, but we’ll be out there having a ball on the four new Surf Alaska stand up paddle boards.

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Surf shot for a flat spell

By |June 22nd, 2010|

A swell that was tracking towards Petrof Glacier went off course and diminished spoiling our plans for yet another fly out surf adventure in the wilds of Alaska. Well, seriously, how spoiled can we be? really? Catching up on office and yard projects here today I’m daydreaming about our last trip. Yet to post the full report but here is […]

Petrof Glacier surfing adventure

By |June 2nd, 2010|

If you have been a regular here at SurfAlaska.net you should be familiar with our fly-out surfing adventures to Petrof Glacier. In a nutshell we pile into a bushplane at the Homer Airport and after 20 minutes of flying over some incredible ocean, mountain, glacier, and ice field scenery we are at a sweet surf beach in the wilds of Alaska.

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Fly-out surfing Petrof Glacier

By |April 26th, 2010|

The suspense was excruciating.

The swell forecast looked strong for three to four days over the weekend but the flying forecast was marginal. For the first three days the clouds were hanging thick around the Kenai Mountains preventing us from flying through them to our favorite fly-out surfing paradise in the wilds of Alaska. The morning of the last promising day of the swell also brought some hope for a flight.

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What more could you ask for?

By |April 19th, 2010|

Just one shot before I collapse into bed.

Thirteen hours ago I was scrambling my way to the Homer Airport for another fly-out surf adventure to Petrof Glacier. Six hours ago I took this photo of Mike ripping by me on a head high peeler below snow covered mountains. And for the next eight hours I’ll be dreaming about this incredible […]

Aerial photos of surfing Alaska

By |April 16th, 2010|

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Working on the computer I can hear the water running down the gutters and see the slush falling from the sky. There is a 12-15ft swell brewing up just on the other side of the mountains that I used to be able to see out my windows. Today the mountains are long lost in the clouds and there is little hope of chartering a bush plane for a ride to Petrof Glacier. Always hope for tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can join me in a daydream inspired by more aerial surf photos. Once again, these photos were captured while I was flying a paramotor over the surf break. This was a bit of a storm surf session on Bishops Beach in Homer, Alaska. The rough water made for even more interesting patterns from overhead. Mike McCune is ripping it up on the red and white board in most of these shots.

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