Born and raised in Seward, Scott Reierson isn’t one for crowds. Inspired by Alaska surfing pioneers like Scott Liska, Mike McCune, and Scott Dickerson, Reierson started Alaska Surf Guides so that others could experience the thrill of remote, cold-water surfing in the Last Frontier. Dynamic conditions—and the possibility of discovering a spot that no one has ever surfed—makes each trip a unique experience.
Reierson explains how his expedition-style trips utilize helicopters and bush planes to access backcountry beaches. He also dispenses valuable advice about the best time of year to surf out of Seward—spoiler alert: book your trip for the spring or fall—gear recommendations, travel tips, and more.
In contrast to the cold-water reefs found in the Aleutians, Reierson travels to some of Alaska’s most reliable and remote river mouths.
“I think the most common set-up you’ll find is a river mouth-style break, because we have so much glacial runoff,” says Reierson. “We have a lot of sediment being pushed out of these rivers. During the summertime, it’s a lot like Waimea, where sediment gets pushed out and creates a totally different sandbar…When you fly over, you fly over half a dozen spots in the process.”