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Well, been a while again. After a year or so of barely using my DSLR, sold it and got the new GoPro Hero3+. Small, easy to use and I can definitely throw it in while fishing, surfing, skiing, boating, etc. in Alaska and don’t have to worry about ruining it. Tested it out last weekend and was surprised at the image quality while shooting stills. Had an amazing weekend surfing on the the North Gulf Coast enjoying good weather and some unusual summer swell.

Right before Thanksgiving we decided to have a go at some late season surfing and deer hunting on the southern end of Prince William Sound in Alaska. We ended up scoring beautiful blue skies, but the high pressure system in place came with some nasty (and cold) north winds. All the waves were blown out, but we managed to still get some deer hunting and fishing in. Overall the trip was a success because our freezers are now packed with fresh venison, halibut and lingcod for the winter. As for the surfing… just have to score next time!

Perhaps the most famous place to surf in Alaska is in the town of Yakutat. It is a small town right on the gulf in the shadow of Mt St Elias. A beautiful place that has awesome beaches, great steelhead runs, and very remote feel.

A few weeks back myself and few others had extra frequent flyer miles to burn and we booked a last minute trip to Yakutat for a long weekend. It is a quick flight from Anchorage to Yakutat and you can get some big old beater rentals at the airport. It took a while to figure out the tides and breaks but after that we had an amazing time with some killer waves. Probably some of the best I’ve ever had. The break called Graveyards wrapped all the way around the point into Yakutat Bay and broke shoulder high and left for 100+ yds on a nice sandy beach. It made for some big smiles at the end of the day. If you are interested, hit up Jack at Icy Waves Surf Shop - he’ll get you dialed in with rentals, surfboards, etc. Here are some photos… not much of actual surfing because everyone was in the water and not snapping photos.

Peelers on Cannon Beach, Yakutat, AK
waxing the surfboard before surfing in Yakutat
Stormy day on Canons Beach Yakutat, Alaska
Going to surf inside Yakutat Bay, way too stormy outside
Rental with surfboards on top. Waiting for low tide.

Here are some from my buddy Thomas:

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Bears on the way to the beach

The snow has been painfully slow getting here this year. As of right now, I am only looking at a few inches of snow out my window. I went skiing once and it was a bit skinny. That said, I have been keeping busy and getting shape continuing to learn how to surf. Such an easy trip from Anchorage down to Seward and then out to the break. Suprisingly the past three trips have been sunny which is absolutely unheard of in South-Central Alaska. All of our surfing has been from a boat, so I don’t have many photos from the shore, however, here are a few from before and after the many surf sessions this fall. Probably not the best place to perfect my surfing, but probably one of the more scenic spots to surf in the world.

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