This may be the perfect use for a standup paddleboard: Surfing a tidal bore.

In its winter issue, SUP Magazine published this video of Eric Newberry, Dave Calkins and Mike McCune catching a 5-mile ride on a tidal bore up Turnagain Arm, an branch of Cook Inlet near Girdwood, Alaska.

It’s difficult to catch the wave on a regular surfboard, but the extra paddle power of a SUP makes it a lot easier, according to the surfers.

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Chris Emery is a mutt. Half woodsman, half geek. He spends as much time outdoors as possible. On rainy days, he writes and publishes STRAY.

2 Responses

  1. John Schauer

    Cool Video! Before you jump into Turnagain Arm with a SUP paddle board, though, you might want to check out a slightly different account of the bore tide… at the biggest negative spring tide of the season. In June 2008, my son and a few friends went out for a little class V surfing in their whitewater playboats, and he blogged about it here: Be sure to click on the photo and take a look at the boats in the middle of the quarter-mile wide pile.

    • Chris Emery

      Thanks for sharing that, John. Nothing like an enormous terminal hydraulic to put the fear in you.

      I’m posting the photo here so people can get an idea of what you’re talking about:


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