There is a condition we call bore fever. I’ve been infected with it over the years, though my symptoms have definitely lessened after finally catching the elusive giant wave last year after a multi month effort. Bore fever for myself and our friends is an obsession with chasing the the bore tide that has symptoms like 7hr drives to try and catch a single wave. Waking up at 4am for an early morning tide. Paddling till you feel like throwing up to try and catch back up to the wave after a wipeout. Watching this video below it appears there is one individual who has come down with his own case of bore fever. […]
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. […]
As promised in a recent post, below is a video from our SUP session on the May 21st Turnagain Arm boretide. You can read about the session in this post – Turnagain Arm Boretide – reaping rewards.
The sun, earth and moon have been getting back inline for another series of boretides coming up this week. Rumor has it the bore […]
Persistence can pay off. After our last epic battle with a windy bore I wasn’t super confident it was worth trying again yesterday.
The Turnagain Arm boretide is a mysterious event. We’ve spent a lot of time analyzing the tide charts, water depths, channel and sand bar shapes . . . But in the end you still just have to show up and hope for the best. Sometimes we score, sometimes we’re just get sore. Yesterday Mike and I made the road trip to try and slay the serpent in some new territory. We had seen an incredible wave breaking on the South side of the arm last fall and heard juicy rumors from the locals. Unfortunately the wind was howling a gusty 20-30mph out of the East. This could be considered an offshore breeze so we were hopeful that just maybe we’d still find something to ride.
A flat spell at your home break can quickly lead a surfer to reminiscing of rides had in bygone times.
How about that time we had it pretty good last fall? You know, the sessions with 5 mile rides. The one where you could catch the wave right after breakfast and ride it till lunch. Foot cramps from doing so many turns on the standup board. . . . That was pretty sweet.
Still trying to catch up here in the offices of Surf Alaska after a week of bore tide fever. Not trying too hard though . . We are heading to the Kenai River this weekend with inflatable stand up paddleboards for an attempt at paddling / floating the entire length of the river. Should be gorgeous with the fall colors and the turquoise waters.