Thankful for surf in Yakutat, Alaska

By |November 26th, 2010|

Iceman and Mount Saint Elias.

Many waves to be thankful for in Yakutat, Alaska on Thanksgiving Day. The crew of the M/V Milo and a couple local Yakutat surfers scored countless waves under sunny skies and the incredible scenery of the Saint Elias Mountains.

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Surfing Yakutat, Alaska

By |October 2nd, 2010|

Iceman surfing Point Carew in Yakutat, Alaska.

The storms are back. A sure sign that winter is coming here in Alaska. If you are fortunate enough to be at the receiving end of one of those 26ft swell blobs moving across the gulf count yourself lucky. Here in Homer it’s blowing rain onshore with a knee high chop. A good day to put together a new post for SurfAlaska.net.

This summer Surf Alaska follower Steve Howze made a trip to Yakutat from his home in the greater Anchorage area in search of swell. He was kind enough to answer a bunch of questions for me and share what he learned about surfing Yakutat, Alaska on his trip.

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Surfing Yakutat, Alaska 2008 – part 4

By |December 24th, 2008|

A Yakutat local surfer surveys Snappers, Yakutat, Alaska.

This is the fourth post reporting on a surfing trip to Yakutat from the fall of 2008.
It’s the last couple days, by now we were actually getting pretty used to squirming into that cold wet and smoky wetsuit each morning. The 15 minute walk in the surf booties down to our regular break (Pt Carrew) was pretty familiar, and so was the pain in the toes. I don’t think they had hiking in mind when they designed surfing booties. The last couple days of our stay were pretty average, each day seemed to offer a few good waves one way or another. The real highlight however was the last surf session of the trip. We packed up and went the airport in the morning only to find out that we were too late to get on our flight. Remember this if you visit Yakutat – the airport may be small and, yes they could easily scan your bags and put them on the jet in about 3 minutes, but you must check in your bags at least 50 minutues prior to departure.  Well, it seemed like a bummer, but when we got back out to Snappers surf break with four hours to spare it was clear we were not going to be bored waiting for the next flight.

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Surfing Yakutat, Alaska 2008 – part 3

By |December 16th, 2008|

Jake Beaudoin walking into a timeless surfing scene, Yakutat, Alaska.

As you probably figured out, this is the third post reporting on a 7 day surfing trip to Yakutat, Alaska. Part 2 was the story for Sept 28th. Something happened between that day and October 1st. Or, what I mean is nothing happened, with the camera that is. I know there was plenty of surfing, and along with it plenty of rain– so the photographer left his camera in the tent and caught up on some surf.  This was good, because on the first morning in October we were excited to see our first and only sunrise for the week. The six days of waiting for a glimpse of the mountains and a chance at some classic Yakutat surf photos finally paid off. No complaints though, waiting out the rain clouds is not bad when it means surfing for 6hrs a day, and when the pay off looks like this.

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Surfing Yakutat, Alaska 2008 – part 2

By |December 14th, 2008|

Rainbow at Snappers surf beach. Yakutat, Alaska

Day 2: Looking back through the photo files from 9/28/08 there’s nothing for the morning session, must have been rainy and the camera was left behind.  I think we surfed Pt Carrew at first light. Back to camp for a tanner crab lunch, cheers Iceman! It’s not so bad camping in the rainforest when you’ve got all you can eat crab legs after a long morning surf session.

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Surfing Yakutat, Alaska 2008 – part 1

By |December 6th, 2008|

Jake Beaudoin surfing Yakutat, Alaska beneath the towering Saint Elias Mountains.

If you search online for information about surfing in Alaska you’ll quickly find that Yakutat is by far the most documented location. It seems that this is a case of magazines and newspapers following each others lead, if there is a published story about surfing in Alaska, it’s probably about Yakutat. There are a few good reasons for Yakutat’s rise to fame in the Alaskan surf scene.  First it is undoubtedly the most popular Alaskan surf destination, and for good reason. You can fly there easily from Seattle, Washington or Anchorage, Alaska with Alaska Airlines. The tickets aren’t outrageous and the big jets landing there makes the travel logistics easy.  Yakutat is also home to the Icy Waves surf shop owned and operated by a really great local guy Jack Endicott.  It’s not just relatively easy to get to, Yakutat also has relatively consistent surf. Compared with Homer, it’s incredibly consistent! Yakutat also has a comparably long surf history for Alaskan standards.

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A beautiful surf scene in Yakutat, Alaska

By |October 14th, 2008|

During a week long surf trip to Yakutat this fall we had one partly sunny morning. Not the best waves that morning, but certainly some outstanding scenery!

Nothing happening for waves in Kachemak Bay (Homer) Alaska today.