Alaskan Surfers Ride 5 Mile Long Waves

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For most surfers staying up for 60 yards is quite an accomplishment. Thirty seconds worth of wave riding is an adrenaline rush beyond belief, but for surfers in Alaska, that's nothing. According to a story on Grindtv, surfers in Alaska rode 5 mile long waves last week. With the back drop of stunning Alaska at your feet, see how a few surfers got the ride of a lifetime. According to the story, the magnificent event, took place at the Turnagain Arm in the Cook Inlet near Girdwood, resulting from a phenomenon called a tidal bore, which happens when the leading edge of an incoming tide pushes against an opposing current or the direction of a river. This creates actual tidal waves. Bores occur in only a few locations worldwide, usually in areas with a large tidal range.

Watch a video captured of the event:

Watch video of the surfing event from a motorized paraglider.

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