Good day at GraveYards

When one thinks about sport in Alaska, surfing is not the first thing that comes to mind...but it should! With over 35,000 miles of coastline Alaska, good exposure to prime surf-generating weather conditions, and lots of virgin breaks Alaska is clearly one of the worlds premier surf spots.


North Pacific Gulf of Alaska

One of Alaska's most popular surfing locales is Yakutat.
Located in the Central Gulf of Alaska, many breaks are accessible by car and the water temps. are reasonable. There are a number of local surfers too!

These folks are a good point of contact http://www.icywaves.com/

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Great Alaska Paddle-surf Rondez late 90's

View a slide-show with
National Public Radio audio show!

View slideshow of assorted photos Alaska & Hawai'i


Nunivak Island,
North Pacific Bering Sea

When the opportunity arises...take advantage.
Media professor Skip Snaith documents Alaskan surfer, Martin Leonard, at a home-break in the Bering Sea . Nash Harbor provides a small fun surf and a relief from the long field season on the Bering Sea Island of Nunivak .

Mr. Leonard has medaled at a World Championships of Kayak Surfing and is well known for performance touring accomplishments. Take a look here!

View a short clip of surfing Nash Harbor,
Nunivak Island, North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea

What the heck are we doing in the middle Bering Sea...besides surfing?
Take a look here: http://fc.bethel.uaf.edu/~summer_science/


Kodiak Island,
North Pacific Central Gulf of Alaska

Situated in the crux of the Central Gulf of Alaska, Kodiak Island has some of the best potential for surf in Alaska. Our gracious Department of Defense maintains a missile range at one of the premier locations on island and the missiles come with a road...good for surfers looking for access on what is otherwise a fairly remote field setting.


View few photos from Kodiak Trip 06

Kodiak WeatherCAM

View current weather on Kodiak Island

Alutiiq Museum

Baranov Museum


Turnagain Arm, 'Bore-tide'
Cook Inlet, S Central

Text from: http://boreriders.com/turnagain/

The Turnagain Arm is a late Holocene fjord infilled with intertidal sediment.

Located in the lower arm of the Cook Inlet, running east from Anchorage, the Arm has a majestic backdrop with the glaciated peaks of the Chugach Range close to its shores.

At its mouth the Arm is around 10 miles wide and narrows to almost nothing over its 40 mile course. The tidal bore enters the narrowing Arm as a small wall of white water far out in the channels below Beluga Point. Much of its passage continues as white water over the shallow multiple channels.

Beyond Bird Point, the bore runs into deeper water and takes on dynamic form with a spilling head wave and trailing undular swells.

Located at latitude 61 degrees north, the climate is cold, and ice sheets cover the Arm through winter. In summer, the silty, glacier fed, salt water only reaches a maximum of 7.5°C! The Arm is also home to a large array of wildlife and marine life.

The changing seasons see the ebb and flow of Red Salmon, Hooligan and Beluga Whales as well as the mighty tidal bore.

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WEIO World Eskimo Indian Olympics


Bethel's Tony Avalos wins the knuckle-hop competition at the 2006 WEIO games in Fairbanks, Alaska. Watch Tony's winning hop here:


Miss WEIO 2006

Ashley Stickman, Miss Arctic Circle, Koyukon
Athabascan from Kotzebue originally from Galena



A Hike....

A hike on one of Alaska's most remote and magnificent Islands - Nunivak! A Gem in the North Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea!

Originally published on the Kuskokwim Campus UAF Community Blog

Come See!


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Fat Biking in Alaska

Well...not exactly Fatbikes

But the precursor...some great footage of early winter biking in Alaska.
The second running of the Iditabike race.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Originally broadcast on the Discovery Channel
This is the story of The Iditabike 1988 race in Alaska on the Iditarod Trail
©1988-2007 Mark Forman Productions, Corp.


Fatbikes on the Upper Kuskokwim River.
Bjorn Olson and Martin Leonard III

Traveling from Stoney River to Aniak...spring '07

Part 1

Part 2


Fat bikes on the Kuskokwim River just outside of Bethel. Steve and Martin Leonard III Discussing KB150 Concepts.

'Cycle'delic Kusko

A little less 'delic'

Pugsley Kusko River Cruisers, with voices!


Martin's Flickr Photos:


Link to a photo set

Link to photo slideshow


Pat and Kathy's Beach Ride:



Link to the Hope to Homer storyline


Knik Glacier Cruise:


Link to the Knik Glacier Trip Report
at the MTBR forum (registration req.)

Link to Mark's Wildfire Bicycles



Snow-Gos in the North

50 meters across the Kuskokwim River...written by - Willie Makeit, videographer - Betty Wont

Link to the video here!


Expedition Kayaking and Canoeing

This is probably a good way to start off the vlog blog on ocean expeditioning...w/ a little humor!
Not so 'humorous' if you're the paddler!

Over the years I've never had any problems with Orca! Moral of the story...'don't chap a whale's ass'...they're bigger than us!

View video with narration:


A short clip from professor Skip Snaith showing students in the bay at Mikisagmiut on the NW side of Nunivak Island. Bering Sea, Summer 2005!

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View video with music:

Playback URL


Committee Ice VantageMartin Leonard IIIVictoria JasonWaterhole sunsetCheetah in ice

Expedition across the roof of North America. The Inuit Passage was first described after the transit by Martin Leonard III, 1996. Deemed the 'Inuit Passage' as only traditional knowledge was used for route determination. Exemplifying the fact that the NW Passage remains a European fable...the traditional trails and transportation routes across the Arctic existed long before western 'explorers' set forth the notion of an ocean pathway from Pacific to Atlantic Ocean basins.

Project to design, build and test the fastest touring kayak and emulate traditional designs, dubed 'The Cheetah Project', was successful in many ways...fast and light being the modus operandi!

Read more about Leonard's trip here:

qayaq_alaska web page:

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Alaska's #1 Sport

A game often played, but very rarely discussed around the tables of great alaskan sportspeople... watch as Skip Snaith displays the finer art of the 'slap-happy' sport here!

Skip is a talented shipwright and trad. boat builder...little beknownced to us is that he is trained as a film maker too.

His film talent and comedic nature is revealed via 'alaska exposed' in this short video teaser titled "My Trip to Alaska" (maybe it wasn't so funny at the time!)

Look for other postings on 'alaska exposed' from Skip

visit his website too! http://cronus.rockisland.com/~kyak/index.html