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The Lagoons on Adak actually consist of two Lagoons, one on the north shore and the other on the east. The one on the north shore is offshore on a south wind, however it is very exposed to swell and is often closed out and very dangerous. owever if the swell is small and from the north, this is the place to look for some rideable surf. Check the actual lagoon opening for a wave section that is not uniformly walled up. The lagoon on the east side is far better because the surf always hits it at an angle and so the rides are longer and not as closed out - they peel off much more. These are two large lagoons that have fringing sand-rock berms along the ocean. A rising tide usually brings more surf activity, but also if the swell is not big enough it may break right onshore. A dropping tide sees waves breaking further away from the shore, and is best especially with more swell. The lagoons are fairly regular and the E side lagoon is always worth a check if Loran Point is too big and town is too small.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Just an average wave, but if the swell is pumping from the north of north east and the wind is from the northwest or west, the E side lagoon can get really, really good. The wave is not a jetty, but a natural breakwater separating the lagoons from the Bering Sea. The north lagoon should not be surfed unless it is small, in which case it is fun but usually a short ride.
In these parts when the Aleutain storms fire to life and the snow blows at 100 MPH sideways (The Williwaws), the lagoons actually can kick up a swell of their own INSIDE the lagoon! The Aleutians in winter is no place for the feint of heart and is extremely dangerous even on land... do not surf outside of summer and September unless things are very calm and you can get out of the water within 5 minutes and back to town within 10. City Beach in town is the only year-round place to surf, but be warned - storms can descend so fast and furious even there is not entirely safe. Blinding blizzards can strike within minutes and if you're car stalls and/or you get lost, you're dust...
The Aleutians are the frozen Hawaii. Remember this is the USA... forgotten islands not even scratched for surfing. With modern westuit technology, one can greatly enjoy America's wintry surf frontier... but be VERY conservative and careful when it comes to the weather and venturing outdoors, especially when entering the ocean! Adak is one of dozens of Alaska, America's islands open for surf exploration,and perhaps the most accessible. Keep North America free and clean!
By Iceman1 , 29-03-2013
Clearing things up - There is some important misinformation here. The north lagoon is off-limits because it is in a heavy UXO parcel (unexploded ordnance), which is also an area with groudn contaminants. Even the beach on north lagoon is jam packed with UXO. If you could get into the water, the east side of north lagoon has some good sandbars., but it is highly illegal and dangerous to sneak in, and the fence is well fortified against vehicles. The only real option would be too hoof it down from Loran, but that is not recommended due to UXO, rommel stakes and toxins in sinkholes. This is not a joke. As for the east lagoon break, it is easily accessible, but beware of the nothern section, where the beach is an old minefield that may still be explosive. Best check the south end of E lagoon for some action on a small clean day.
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