© ~Bob D Kemp~
Southeast Alaska holds the best potential for surf. Take one look at a map of the fjord-pocked coastline with its hundreds of islands, rivermouths, and headlands, and the potential is obvious. However, roads are virtually non-existent, and huge mountains barricade the coastal fringe in the north and east. Except in the scattered small towns, travel to the SE is via plane and boat, and it's expensive. Alaska Airlines flies from Anchorage to Seattle, stopping (much like a bus) at Cordova, Yakutat, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell, and Ketchikan along the way. From each of these locations small planes (usually amphibious De Havilland Beavers) can be hired to cruise the surrounding coastline. Further south, inter-island ferries ply the 'Inside Passage' from Juneau to Bellingham, Washington. South of Yakutat, the Southeast Alaska coastline continues to provide an inexhaustible number of possible surf spots throughout the islands above the Canadian border. Russian-named islands like Chichagof, Kruzof, and Baranof, as well as the Prince of Wales and the outer islands west of Ketchikan, present fertile opportunities for exploration. The historical city of Sitka (on Baranof), the only population center open to the Pacific, is a jumping-off point for outer island forays and some road-accessible surf south of town.