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When it comes to a surf trip with your mates, renting a boat in Alaska and searching for swell probably isn’t on the shortlist. Especially in the winter. But for photographer Remy Brand and a couple of his friends, it’s exactly the trip they chose. “It’s so rare that my mates and I are able to find time around work, life admin and family just to go surfing,” says Brand. “So I decided to organize a trip that we would remember.”
Brand, an Australia-based photographer, knew very little about Alaska before booking. “We actually chose the trip after a Google search of ‘Can you surf in Alaska?’ was successful [laughs],” he says. “Honestly. Without thinking too much I booked a 3-week surf charter on behalf of my two childhood best mates and prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.”
Adventure is exactly what they found. Frigid storms. Freezing water. Calving Glaciers. In their three weeks out on the boat they experienced every sort of weather imaginable, while also finding windows to surf in-between the bone-numbing, soul-crushing cold. The opportunities to get in the ocean were limited. But the crew made the most of each of them.
“We endured a pair of Alaska’s life-threatening winter storms — along with extreme seasickness — to start the trip,” Brand continues. “But afterwards, we scored empty perfection 8 miles deep into a fjord, with snow-covered mountains in the background. I’ll never forget that experience.”
All photos and captions by Remy Brand

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“This photo of Jake Foster was shot during the first day of waves we scored,” says photographer Remy Brand. “It was a welcome change to actually go surfing after several days of storms to start the trip.” “The novelty of being on a surf trip in Alaska never wears off,” says Brand. “Josh Miller, taking in the beauty of one of the most spectacular places on earth,” says Brand.
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“Our boat, the Milo,” says Brand. “This is the calm after a couple of days of wild storms.”Photo Credit: Remy Brand”This is the moment where Jake Foster forgot all about his seasickness and the frostbite forming on his hands,” says Brand. “Early morning surf check,” says Brand. “Alaska is not exactly an easy place to get out of bed.”
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“Alaskan winters are no joke,” says Brand. “It often looks like this.””The walks and paddles back to the boat after a surf in Alaska are dreadful,” says Brand. “This is certainly a miserable moment for these three.””This photo of Jake Foster was shot during a day of icy pointbreak perfection,” says Brand. “Beautiful but absolutely soul numbing.”
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“Glacier surfing was a bucket list item, for sure,” says Brand. “It was so wild waiting for massive chunks of ice to fall to create a rideable wave.””There was something eery about this wave, which we named Deadwoods,” says Brand. “This is Jake Foster working his way up the nose.”

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