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    Default Where's the alaska surfing forum?

    Feeling a little left out, figured the kayakers were the closest thing to kindred spirits I'd find here.

    Why no surf forum, not enough surfers?

    Anyone ever surf-kayak the kenai peninsula? the turnagain bore? Any tips?

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    Besides the Turnagain Bore, I've only really heard about fairly good surfing somewhere between Haines and Valdez. Sorry I can't be more specific, but you could probably do some Google searching to find out more details. I used to surf in Texas, but that was 90 degree water, and this is like 40 degree water. I can't psyche myself up that much.
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    Yeah, I was living in corpus christi before I came up here on a nursing assignment for the summer. So, I feel you on the water temps!

    Just hate being out of the water and letting my surf muscles atrophy!

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    Geez, I'm another displaced Tx surfer. Grew up in Surfside but have good friends in Corpus and know Bob Hall, Fish Pass, St Joe's, etc. real good.

    There's surfing a lot closer than Haines or Valdez, but I honestly don't know where - have heard around Anchor point in the right conditions. I can't get psyched up for the water temps either. The bike/skate shop right across the street from REI used to have some boards in the window and years ago I talked to some knowledgeable guys there. You might drop in there and see if someone can get you hooked up.

    For that matter, maybe us displaced texans should go sample Alaska's waves together.

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    From what I hear some of the best surfing conditions are routinely found near Yakutat, but since you're going to have fly to get there anyway, you might as well take Alaska Airlines up on their new Hawaii offer. I doubt the cost is all that much different.

    But I have seen several areas near Homer that look like they might produce good surf conditions. Not that I know much about it.

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    Well, I've got an extra board (7'10" hybrid/egg/minitanker/funshape) if anyone has their own wetsuit. It's always more fun to freeze with other people! My wettie is only a 3/2mil, plus booties, and I've found it adequate down to about 50 degrees water temp. I figure later in the summer I might see the water get closer to that.

    I'm hoping to catch an oddball storm swell rolling into Homer and that area. Homer was my hometown once upon a time, so it would be really neat to get to surf there.

    yeah, I'm missing texas surfing right about now, they just finished dual 1200' rock jetties on packery channel last year, great wave! But when I left there in feb the water was in the low 50's, so it isn't always that bathwater stuff!

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    Exclamation homer surfing...

    got some friends here who are pretty devoted surfers....seems it is mostly a winter/spring scene...pretty crazy when the water is 20 degrees warmer than the air!!!
    one buddy told me "it was pretty cold...i had to dunk my head to break the ice out of my hair"....
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    Hi all! I'm new to the forum and I see this thread is 4 years old, but I thought I'd revive it just to see if anyone else is searching for waves on the Kenai these days. I surf kayak in a Dagger Kaos and have had some really fun sessions while exploring this fall. In the right conditions I've found Homer, Anchor Point, Deep Creek, Ninilchik Village, Clam Gulch, and Nikiski (rocky!) all working. Short period windswell but still fun. I know there's a surf alaska website, but it doesn't seem to be much of a community builder. Hopefully we can get something going on here that will get people together and alert each other of approaching swells. Anybody interested?

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    Default Old threads often worth a rewind...

    Forums get started somehow, why not surfing? Cool way to get out for sure.
    Interesting that you've found surfable KP waves. Like so many other AK opportunities, maybe people just don't know yet. Year by year, I notice the number of bore tide enthusiasts growing. Probably that's true elsewhere too? All it takes is a few interested regulars. My brother is an avid surfer in Wilmington, NC. Like many other "small market" surf locations, living there and local knowledge occasionally combine for excellent opportunities. Sounds like you've got a head start on many people in those departments.

    We talk about Yakutat from time to time. Here are some links for our winter entertainment:

    This clip has the best wave film footage from Alaska that I've seen. I'm sure these guys were well-funded in their search for these cool Alaska waves - and footage, but they did alright:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4uxk...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRa4V...eature=related

    Info stuff:
    The surf shop in Yakutat has helpful links if you consider going:
    http://www.icywaves.com/
    http://scottdickerson.com/blog/2009/...ska-in-icy-09/
    http://www.surfermag.com/features/alaska04/
    Don't know anything about this link: http://alaskasurfing.com/home.htm

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    Less thrilling than surf-riding, the stand-up paddle board (SUP) thing looks like fun and you don't need a wave. I had never seen it before until my last trip to Maui and I seen some folks outside Kaanapali enjoying it on the calm water. I think it would be a fun way to explore the local lakes. You can even bring your fishing pole along. I was looking at prices, though. The boards are a little spendy.

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    Thanks for those links, Leech. I'd seen some of them but not all. Yakutat seems to be the place to go to score big waves - maybe someday...And Coaldust, the SUP thing is definitely getting popular. You don't have to spend big $, you can just buy an old windsurfer - works fine. Great core workout.I'd love to see more folks out-short boards, longboards, kayaks, SUPs, whatever works for you...

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    The closest surfing I know of is the outside beach of Hinchenbrook





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    Hey I saw a couple guys come down the Copper on surfboards and then they were surfing on the east bar at Grass Island Jeff.
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    As an alternative, you might give kite surfing a whirl! It's a bit more popular from what I've seen in Turnagain arm and you can try your hand at snow kiting this time of year There's also a good following in Homer if you're in those parts (Homer spit I believe?).

    A couple links:

    http://kitingalaska.com/home

    And for formal instruction, always a good idea if you're just learning, though I can't vouch for'em:
    http://alaskakiteadventures.com

    There are a few other sites out there, some defunct, others just a small section in a forum. Personally, I dabble on the snow side, and I haven't been out much since I came up from Colorado

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    Don't forget the glacier surfers at Child's Glacier on the Copper River.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFKgQwou7ls
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    Kitesurfing - that's pretty cool. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by JEH97LX View Post
    As an alternative, you might give kite surfing a whirl! It's a bit more popular from what I've seen in Turnagain arm and you can try your hand at snow kiting this time of year There's also a good following in Homer if you're in those parts (Homer spit I believe?).

    A couple links:

    http://kitingalaska.com/home

    And for formal instruction, always a good idea if you're just learning, though I can't vouch for'em:
    http://alaskakiteadventures.com

    There are a few other sites out there, some defunct, others just a small section in a forum. Personally, I dabble on the snow side, and I haven't been out much since I came up from Colorado

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    Kodiak. Saw some guys headed down there last year with boards. Dunno where they were going, but somewhere on Kodiak...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    Kodiak. Saw some guys headed down there last year with boards. Dunno where they were going, but somewhere on Kodiak...

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    FYI.. Tim Johnsons kayak book gives instructions on catching the Cook Inlet bore tide.
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    Sitka too. Cold Salt Surf Shop was there a few years ago.

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