Thursday, March 31, 2011

Surfing the Bore Tide

Photo Courtesy of Frank Kovalchek, Wikimedia Commons
Anchorage's very own Cook Inlet boasts the second highest tidal fluctuations in North America: 30 feet between highs and lows! The Turnagain Arm tide comes in so quickly that it sometimes produces a massive leading wave, called a "bore tide," which can sometimes be ten feet high. Adventurous locals have occasionally taken to riding this wave on a surfboard, paddleboard or kayak, and a good day can provide a 45 minute, five-mile ride. (Due to the speed of the wave's approach and the quicksand-like nature of Turnagain Arm's mudflats, a bad day can provide massive injuries or even death. This is why I have never even batted around the idea of trying it myself!)

You gotta check out this amazing video: The Longest Ride.


Charlee said...


I'm liking your blog but it is kind of hard to read as I get the feed in google reader and it comes up as light gray on a white background.

I follow quite a few blogs and yours is the only one I have trouble with...

Sorry to moan in my first comment, like the blog however which is why I would like to read it ta x

Lydia K said...

I had no idea. That is so cool! 30

Pam Asberry said...

I just stumbled onto your blog and I am so glad I did. Interesting stuff! Silly me, I never even thought about people surfing in Alaska. Duh. The video was amazing. I could feel the joy! And there is an application to writing. That's the kind of joy I want my readers to experience after they finish a book of mine. Good goal, right? Thanks for the inspiration. If you find a minute, I hope you will come and visit my blog, too. I look forward to getting to know you better!

LisaAnn said...

Thanks for your comments, Charlee, Lydia K and Pam! I will definitely re-look at my formatting, Charlee... Was it just this post or all of them that you had problems reading? For some reason, this post was giving me all kinds of trouble...

And I'm so glad you liked the video, Pam! My current work in progress is set in Alaska, and Cook Inlet's tides play a big role in the climax... I can only hope to lend some sort of this amazing sense of place to my scenes as well. Glad you agree, and I will definitely check out your blog! :)

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