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Paddleboarders surf the bore tide in Turnagain Arm

  • Author: Bob Hallinen
  • Updated: September 12
  • Published September 12

Surfers ride the Turnagain Arm bore tide on stand-up paddleboards along the Seward Highway south of Girdwood on Sunday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Surfers took advantage of good conditions Sunday to ride the bore tide on stand-up paddleboards in Turnagain Arm.

Surfers walk out to meet the incoming bore tide. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The surfers paddled out to meet the incoming tidal bore along the Seward Highway south of Girdwood.

A surfer walks along the silty water of Turnagain Arm on Sunday, one of a few to catch a ride on the bore tide. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

As water flows out of Turnagain Arm, the tide changes and water starts to flow back into the arm. The opposing water flows meet, creating a wave that travels up the arm with the rising tide.

The wave can reach 6 to 10 feet as it travels up the shallow arm. If the wind is blowing out the arm, as it often does, it will push the wave higher in the narrowing arm.

A surfer walks along a sandbar with a paddleboard. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
The Kenai Mountains provide a backdrop for the surfers. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
A surfer jumps across a small stream on the edge of Turnagain Arm. A group of surfers were out on the silty water of the arm catching a ride on the bore tide. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

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