For the more athletically oriented, there are now options to grab a board and hit that fine Alaskan surf. However, because of its myriad barrier islands, you’ll have to go beyond the Inside Passage if you want waves. Most who surf in Alaska aren’t total beginners, but you don’t have to be Kelly Slater to have a phenomenal time. Waves are an average of waist to chest high, so the surfing is just enough to have fun with, but not so aggressive that you’ll get tossed.
Scott Reierson, owner and operator of Alaska Surf Guides out of Seward, is excited about the possibilities that surfing brings to the state’s tourism. His company uses floatplanes and helicopters to take small groups of surfers out to remote beaches with regular shore breaks. Not only do floatplanes and helicopters provide an unmatched perspective on Alaska’s beauty, they cut a two-hour boat transfer down to a half hour, round trip.
“People who never thought of water sports in Alaska are seeing our posts on social media and saying, “I can do that? There?”
Alaska Surf Adventures, also out of Seward, offers half- and full-day surf trips from April through November, which are led by Captain Liska, who’s been surfing for more than 20 years.
Travelers are waving goodbye to the rocky coast, reaching for their wetsuits, and taking to Alaskan waters in search of new thrills.