I got into surfing when I was about 10, I started playing in the water. It’s kind of a mystery to me how I got it into my mind that I wanted to be a surfer. Because I grew up here in Homer, and I’ve never actually seen anybody surfing before. I guess when you’re just really, it’s like when you’re born with a passion for it, there was nothing that was gonna stop me. People ask me what it’s like to surf in Alaska compared to other places, and honestly, I don’t really know.This is where I grew up, this is where I’ve surfed mostly. I’d say the main difference is just the environment. It’s so incredible. And there’s this real sense of exploring and pioneering. Because you’re out there usually alone in these incredible environments. And you feel like you’re doing something that no one else is doing. Most people think that the cold water would be the biggest challenge to surfing in Alaska. Actually turns out it’s just getting to the waves. We rarely miss a surf session because of the water being too cold, or the air. But a lot of times there’s waves out there that we can’t get to, because we don’t have time to drive out there in the boat, or there’s nowhere to land an airplane nearby.Or we just don’t even know that the waves are there. There’s so little access to the coastline in Alaska, that’s our main challenge, just being there at the right time. Alaskan surfers don’t really fit any stereotypes, other than every one of us is very unique, I’d say. Everybody has their own story, and everybody has their own surfing background. There’s very few people like me that actually have… grew up and learned how to surf in Alaska. When I’ve gone surfing in Hawaii or Australia, the main difference for me there, is I look out on the water there, and there’s usually a big crowd of people out there. And I’ve come to realize that a lot of what I love about surfing, I can’t enjoy those same things when there’s a crowd. It’s just, a lot of the experience for me is surfing with friends, in this amazing environment, and this sense of pioneering an exploring.And it’s hard to do that when you’re in a place that has a really well developed surf culture, and very known surf breaks, and sometimes hundreds of people in the water. Riding the waves is still fun, but a big part of it is missing for me. I’m almost 31, I just had my first baby boy. I’ve never really been much of one for planning. The plan is there is no plan, and we’re sticking to it. That’s what a friend of mine told me once, and I thought, that’s a good way. That’s how I live my life. I like to keep my schedule really open.So that when the conditions are ripe for surfing, I can go surfing. And that’s the one thing I try to maintain in my life. And having a kid, I don’t think it’s really changed that. Of course, things are changing, there’s a new person in our life. But we’re really looking forward to bringing our boy Riley out here on a surf trip. I’d say the most exciting and joyful of surfing in Alaska, is when you discover a new wave that you may have never heard of, or never even thought to look for. And you come around the point in the boat, and you see this wave breaking, it’s beneath snow-covered mountains, and there’s nobody around for miles. And then you and a few friends jump in the water, and go out there, and enjoy that little moment.It’s really amazing, and it’s also fleeting. We spend days searching for waves, and sometimes the wind is messing it up, or the tide is wrong. And suddenly you get that little euphoric moment, where everything comes together, there’s a perfect wave, in this beautiful environment. I’d say that’s happiness for me. .