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From barren islands with sheer cliffs plunging into the sea, to vast glaciers grinding and calving off into frigid waters, to primordial old-growth temperate forests wreathed in mist, this northern landscape is never dull. It's also home to a kaleidoscope of wildlife including whales, bears, eagles and king-sized mosquitoes. There are problems to overcome in exploring these remote shores, not least the cold, rain, fog, and fiercely unpredictable weather. Escaping the full brunt of mutant Aleutian depressions, blasting swell and gale force winds into the Gulf, is the greatest challenge. Fortunately, the contorted coastline provides the shelter as bays, channels, estuaries, and fjord-like coves pock the islands and mainland, bending, refracting, and grooming unruly swells into more organized and manageable shapes. Understandably, most surfers will congregate at a handful of easy-access spots. Meanwhile, the intrepid searcher should be rewarded with quality waves in solitude.© 2014 ~Bob D Kemp~
Latest episode of Fergal Smith's fantastic Growing series
Bodyboard footage from the Canary islands courtesy of South African, Sacha Specker
Vincent Duvignac returns from injury to show his ability along the French coast
The top 16 contenders for The Hurley Pro Video Trials have been decided. The surfer to receive the wildcard entry, that's up to you.