Tidal bores are an unusual and at times peculiar phenomenon that at times can be large enough to surf. alaska’s cook inlet is one of the only places in the u.s. where such a bore tide forms. traveling at 24 miles per hour, it can take hours for a wave to travel from the mouth of turnagain arm all the way to the far end. you can either be on the longest wave of your life or running to your car to try and catch it down river because you fell. either way you are going to leave wanting more
I know that we aren’t meant to live this life alone. we were put here on this earth to experience life together- my closest relationships have been my greatest teachers, and whichever way you worship on this day i hope you were with those you love.
It’s one hell of a cool story. shortly after this photo was taken the drone smashed into the massive rock wall on the right & slid hundreds of ft into the inky black water of the fjord. i assumed we would never see it again.. we didn’t even know where it actually hit beyond the splash noise & echo sound of it scrapping down the wall. but we felt compelled to give it a try... and somehow my colleague @_ryanhill_ spotted what he thought was a reflective lens 20-30 under the water caught on a small ledge. remember these fjords are deep, dark and often the steep walls continue all the way to the bottom.
ryan got on a dry suit and dove down with just the dim light from a waterproof headlamp and somehow retrieved it.. at the time it felt like a miracle & honestly rewarding enough just to have recovered the drone at all let alone in fading light. but i knew that salt water damage was going to wreck havoc on the internal memory we shot this on & the likelihood of data recovery was slim.
we quickly put it under fresh water to remove the corrosive salt & removed everything we could so it could dry out as much as possible with some silica packets & heat to help remove moisture.
back in the states i made a few calls & was able to finally send it in to see if someone could revive this thing & recover the images.. it took almost 4 months but by some miracle & genius technology we were able to rebuild the files. this is the first i’ve seen of these images since it went down. thanks for making that dive @_ryanhill_ & next time fly a little safer. 😉
Even in the harshest environments you can find pristine moments like these. in the stillness of the sea you begin to become apart of the environment .. everything connects. this is maybe one reason why we venture across the world to some of the coldest and most remote places on earth. to find these rare moments, the ones that aren’t meant to last.
I’ve always loved those hero stories that tend to come when you are in those low points on the trip. like when @jquinny told me that he had pretty much sold anything of value to go on these surf over the last 10 years trips... garage sales & borrowed money were a normal part of the struggle for him to get a sponsor despite having been so successful on the contest circuit. when we got the cover shot this trip it was more than just a photo on the front page. it really meant something to both of us... it meant that all that sacrifice was worth it.
Siberian winds never felt so good. japan has quickly become one of my favorite places on earth, every experience whether surf or snow has introduced me to a different part of its delicate culture. excited to be heading back at the end of this month for a project i have been dreaming about for a few years now. @kcdeane
There is something so much sweeter about a view like this when you have worked for it. i woke up at 12:30 am and rode 212 miles by bike to santa cruz. after the first 6 hours (halfway) in pitch black the highlight was arriving here at sunrise without a soul around and stretching my tired legs. still only halfway. no real goal in mind other than to experience a place like the california coast a little deeper, maybe a bit more patiently through heavy breath & a little sweat equity. @olloclip