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Our Alaska: Glacier Island wakeboarding

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: July 6, 2016
  • Published February 5, 2012

As a kiteboarder and wakeboarder, Andy Hurdman's about done it all. He's a professional and now a coach, having won competitions from South Carolina to Michigan. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for a little fun. And it looks like that's exactly what he did when he decided to do a little wakeboarding during a trip to Alaska, waiting for the wind to pick up.

This video, uploaded to Vimeo by Ben Sampson UpDown Productions, is just a trailer for a longer video recorded during Hurdman's trip to Glacier Island in Prince William Sound. Check out the way Hurdman uses chunks of ice as ramps, and cruises under low-hanging shelves of ice, where one miscalculation could mean serious injury, or worse.

The video's already gone viral, racking up 325,000 views in just a couple of weeks, and it's easy to see why. The environment definitely throws a new twist into the same old wakeboarding tricks, and Hurdman doesn't even catch major air or pull any particularly challenging moves.

Want more? Check out the full length video at the "Catchin' Air" webseries, and maybe take a glance at the other Alaska video, recorded in Windy Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

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