Wing foiling in Alaska

Z Schettewi lives the dream on his home island of Maui, but island fever is a thing. He took a trip to the mainland for a bit of a change in scenery, and that’s exactly what he got…

Having spent the past eighteen months on Maui without leaving, my family and I decided to plan a summer trip to Alaska and the mainland. COVID-19 seemed to be under control (at the time) and we jumped at the chance to finally take a trip after months of lockdown.

As we prepared to leave, I realized that my summer downwind foiling sessions on Maui and wing foiling would also come to a temporary halt. The idea of replacing this exhilaration with a completely different setting and activities left a void in my normal on the water time. Although I was excited, I knew that I would miss my watersports.

While packing, I had a revelation. I searched for my 5/4 full wetsuit and then packed my wing, board and foil gear. The possibility of getting on the water in a completely new setting made the trip seem even more exciting. 

As soon as the plane descended into this spectacular backdrop, I began searching for this next water adventure. Upon arrival in Anchorage, we spent the first day getting our RV ready. I was able to safely store my equipment in one of the storage compartments, and we embarked on our trip driving along the Alaska Highway through picturesque mountains. When we arrived in Talkeetna near Denali, we boarded a 10 person de Havilland Otter plane for a flightseeing tour of Denali for an up close look at this majestic peak. Fortunately, the weather was perfectly clear and we landed on the spectacular Ruth Glacier.

For the full story, see: https://www.thefoilingmagazine.com/features/a-change-in-scenery/

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