SURF­ING

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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.

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