Alaska bore tide draws surfers, viewers
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
GIRDWOOD, Alaska (AP) -- Mother Nature put on a show near Anchorage, and it had nothing to do with Venus and the sun.
The largest bore tide of the summer arrived in Turnagain Arm on Tuesday evening, drawing hundreds of people to highway pullouts south of Anchorage.
It also drew a few surfers and kayakers hoping to take advantage of a real wave in Alaska.
One of those was surfer Sue Ives of Anchorage. She says it was a "pretty great ride."
The bore tide is a true tidal wave, caused by the tide and the gravitational influence of the sun and moon. All those aligned Tuesday night in Turnagain Arm, just south of Anchorage, for a pretty impressive show.
KTUU reports three men looking for a better viewing perch got stuck on rocks when the tide came in. The Anchorage Fire Department had to deploy a boat to rescue them.