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Video: Paddleboarder rides bore tide on Alaska’s Turnagain Arm

  • Author: Tara Young
  • Updated: January 14
  • Published March 27, 2015

On a rainy March morning, a lone paddleboarder rode a bore tide along Turnagain Arm in Southcentral Alaska. Leif Ramos had the wave to himself as he rode 45 minutes from just past Bird Point to Girdwood.

The bore tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs in narrow channels when the leading edge of an incoming tide collides with the flow of an outgoing tide, causing a wave. Bore tides can be seen in relatively few places in the world, but Turnagain Arm, which runs from Anchorage for about 40 miles to the southeast, is one of the best spots to witness this spectacle.

The Alaska Public Lands Information Center has recommendations for the best places and times to typically spot the bore tide.

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