SURFING THE BORE TIDE - Location: Turnagain Arm, AK.
The Turnagain Arm, a long, narrow body of water with one of the largest tidal differentials in the world near Anchorage, Alaska, is known for its bore tides. This rare phenomenon occurs when the tides collide, creating waves that travel not only for miles, but can also reach heights of 10 feet with speeds of 15 miles per hour. Meet the adventurous Alaskan surfers who know these tides the best and love these unique waves like no other.
“I surf the bore tide because it’s special, not a lot of people are out here. Sometimes the excess is cold and lengthy in time so not a lot of people are into it. But I like sweatin’, I like breathin’, that’s another reason I like to surf the bore tide too.” - Guy Eriksen
For a couple shots our intrepid drone operator Jonathan had to send his drone three miles across the water. The drone couldn’t do more than a couple shots at a time before having to immediately turn back and make the 15 minute flight to land, barely making it before the battery was exhausted. That’s scale of this location. Truly epic.
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