Mike McCune surfing Alaska in a winter blizzard.

Mike McCune surfing Alaska in a winter blizzard.

Heavy freezing spray warnings come up in marine weather forecasts when the weatherman predicts the spray from waves will be freezing on boats at sea.  Well, boats weren’t the only things encountering heavy freezing spray today on Cook Inlet in South central Alaska.

Mike McCune and Gart Curtis were surfing a heavy shore break near the village of Ninilchik in what the weatherman would certainly qualify as heavy freezing spray conditions. I haven’t edited the photos yet, but couldn’t wait to share this single shot of Mike surfing a vengeful looking wave with chunks of ice strewn across a frozen beach in the foreground. It looks like he’s really close to the beach. And that’s because he is, honestly my heart skipped a beat a few seconds afer this shot when the wave swallowed him as it crushed onto the steep ice covered incline of the beach.

Air temps were just below 10ºF. Winds were around 10-20mph and snow was blowing in all direction.  More shots to come.  In the meantime, if you want more, visit SurfAlaska.net for more alaska surfing photos.