Aside from Sarah Palin, a doorstep to Russia and snowmobiles, the American annex state is home to the last frontier of modern outdoor sports: we’re talking about surfing Alaska. With over 47,000 miles of coastline, the cleanest waters imaginable and the quietest spots, the cold water is a minor. Leave Hawaii to the beach boys because Alaska has some of the toughest waves out there.
But don’t think it’ll be easy. The majority of the best surf spots are only accessible by helicopter and fishing boats, so getting in with the locals and finding out regional knowledge is essential. But after all, part of the travelling fun is overcoming such obstacles – straightforward plans are easy but dull.
Yakutat is the go-to town for all surfers in Alaska with plenty staying over in tents or cabins. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a party place though – Alaska may be larger than Texas but it’s one of the most uninhabited states in America. The area surrounding Yakutat is still considered tribal and as such, surfers are recommended to clear up after themselves (even more so than usual) to conserve the natural wilderness. It’s a rare opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and you’re more likely to be hit by a blast of unpredictable wind than another wave-stealing surfer. Isolation, but the best kind.
Here at Surfdome, we’re always keen to put our foot in untested waters and a trip to Alaska would be monumental. Scott Dickerson of SurfAlaska.net is keen to broadcast the potential of Alaska as the next big surf spot and with his astonishing five mile ride across the pristine coastline, you can see why. This year, plan your big trip to the US and plunge into the untamed wilds; knowing how things catch on, it won’t remain undiscovered for long. Get prepared today and check out our top 5 winter wetsuits to avoid the chill and keep the thrill.
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