Friday, November 30th, 2012
Surfing In Juneau – Part 2

Sommers Cole rides a wind wave near Shrine Island yesterday.  Earlier in the day, northwest winds exceeded 70 mph at Eldred Rock Lighthouse in Lynn Canal, a good indicator that the surfing in Favorite Channel would be good. From a photographer’s point of view, low light, wind and snow made for less than perfect shooting conditions. Next time, I might get out on a board myself… stay tuned!

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Monday, November 26th, 2012
Surfing In Juneau

When one thinks about surfing in Southeast Alaska, Yakutat immediately comes to mind, but not Juneau. However, strong north winds sometimes create wind swells  in a few places where local surfers can ride the waves. Here, Lance Lawhorne of Juneau rides a wind swell in Favorite Channel near a point break at Shrine Island north of Juneau. The combination of cold water and air temperatures make wearing a hooded wetsuit as well as booties and gloves a must.

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Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Favorite Channel

Heavy snow clouds brew over Favorite Channel in this view looking south from Shrine Island.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2011
Shrine Island & Favorite Channel

We spent the past couple of days again at the Jubilee Cabin north of Juneau, celebrating a decade-old Thanksgiving tradition with Greta’s family. All the snow that fell recently created perfect sledding conditions, and the wild sledding rides were definitely one of the highlights of our gathering. This is the view from the cabin, looking north over Shrine Island and Favorite Channel. Below, a view of the cabin at night.

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Saturday, February 26th, 2011
Surf Action At Shrine Island

The surf pounds the rocky northwest end of Shrine Island in Favorite Channel earlier this week. When the north wind blows down Lynn Canal and Favorite Channel, Shrine Island is a great place to watch powerful waves crash into its rock outcroppings.

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