Flowstate Episode 4: Surfing the Bore Tide

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There’s this wave on the Alaska Coast unlike many other waves around. Tucked between two mountain ranges, the extreme tidal exchanges of the Turnagain Arm create a single, consistently breaking wave called the Turnagain Arm Bore Tide. Conditions have to be perfect. Timing is crucial. There’s only one opportunity in a day to catch this one wave. And if you catch it, it could be awesome.

Convinced to try surfing the bore tide on an inflatable stand up paddleboard, Parker tries again, and again to stand up and surf the wave. The fourth episode in the Flowstate series focuses on Parker’s struggles to try and surf the famous Turnagain Arm Bore Tide. It’s a lesson on persistence, and that sometimes, you just have to find beauty in the failures.

Editor’s Note: Watch the other episodes in the Flowstate series: Koktuli Wild, The Chakachamna River: A New Alaskan Classic, Class V Fly Fishing & Struggles in Alaska: The Tiekel and Beyond.