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Old 01-15-2011, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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This is amazing (surfing the waves at Turnagain Arm:
Surfers in Alaska ride waves for an astonishing five miles
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Alaska 2001-2008
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Well, that's cool! I actually was lucky enough to see the bore tide come in once when I was driving around Turnagain. I stopped to watch, it's amazing how fast it goes. Simply amazing.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Moving from Carrabelle to Bethel
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This is amazing (surfing the waves at Turnagain Arm:
Surfers in Alaska ride waves for an astonishing five miles
Cool thanks for sharing
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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Great video!
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Amazing...great video...thanks Ray
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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does anyone know if it gets any bigger than that?...that's barely rideable. There's some unreal footage of a bore in Brazil - pretty sure it's the Amazon - overhead and people are riding shortboards...not super steep, but looks pretty fun...no offense to the folks that were having fun on the Alaskan one...
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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does anyone know if it gets any bigger than that?...that's barely rideable. There's some unreal footage of a bore in Brazil - pretty sure it's the Amazon - overhead and people are riding shortboards...not super steep, but looks pretty fun...no offense to the folks that were having fun on the Alaskan one...
Yes it does, but at the beginning where you don't want to be at. The whole bay is very low to empty at low tide, and then when the high tide comes in it's like a miniature tsunami. If you are stuck in the soft sand when the tide comes in, you will drown unless a rescue team can get you unstuck from it. That's the reason why there are signs along the shore not to venture out there. And yes, a lot of people ignore that warnings and still walk to some areas into the bay, but some get stuck in the sand every now and then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8_O6p3m8eM
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Bad waters to be playing in. Been a bunch over the years get in trouble out there. Mostly rescues are done by Helicopter or in this case a Floatplane....

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Floatplane rescues kiteboarder in Turnagain Arm Alaska


Floatplane rescues kiteboarder in Turnagain Arm Alaska

Written by Editor at SurferToday.com Tuesday, 12 May 2009 14:07


An unknown floatplane pilot has rescued a kitesurfer spotted drifting in Turnagain Arm, Alaska, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

Apparently, a kitesurfer was found in distress offshore from McHugh Creek, at 17h15, Monday.

As the kite was in the water, the troubled kitesurfer started waving to get attention.
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Old 01-17-2011, 09:32 PM
 
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does anyone know if it gets any bigger than that?...that's barely rideable. There's some unreal footage of a bore in Brazil - pretty sure it's the Amazon - overhead and people are riding shortboards...not super steep, but looks pretty fun...no offense to the folks that were having fun on the Alaskan one...
It doesn't need to get any bigger. More than enough people are able to get into plenty of trouble every year with it just the way it is already.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:08 PM
 
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thanks folks for the "heads up" to us all about the dangers as it is real out there. Of course I would never want to encourage anyone to "get in over their head". I was just curious if there were any real surfers in this forum that had seen or ridden it, breaking and rideable "head-high or overhead" with some shape and some steepness or if it's just a marginal SUP wave...which of course would still be a lot of fun...might even wet the line, have a tiddly, take a nap, wake up and SUP sum more...just curious is all.
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