surfing the tidal bore

I saw this online today: a few surfers in Alaska used stand up paddleboards (SUP) to surf/ride a tidal bore for FIVE miles up the Cook Inlet in Alaska.  from Wikipedia, a tidal bore is…

a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travel up a river or narrow bay against the direction of the river or bay’s current.

seems these tidal bores are pretty infrequent, only occur in a few places, and can be difficult to surf, but the SUP’s are a bit more stable, and can make it easier to ride the wave for a longer distance.

I can’t the video to embed properly here – you can see the video at  the video is shot from a motorized paraglider by Scott Dickerson of


I also found this similar video, this time of surfers on the Qiantang River in Hangzhou, China to surf the world’s largest tidal bore — known as the “Silver Dragon.”


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