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Surfer Rides Alaska Glacier's Giant Wave
FOXNews.com ^ | August 20, 2007 | Maurice Chittenden

Posted on 08/20/2007 12:20:27 PM PDT by Squidpup

As the newest extreme sport, it is more "Titanic" than Olympic. Ice surfing gives you the chance to dice with death while enjoying the planet's ultimate chill-out.

It is not the easiest of pastimes to enjoy. First you have to find a glacier about to "calve," then wait for up to two weeks for a house-sized iceberg to break off before catching the monstrous wake after it hits the water from 500 feet high.

The reward: Sixty seconds of sheer exhilaration as you ride a 25-foot wall of ice-cold water filled with millions of shards of razor-sharp ice, mud, boulders and debris.

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(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Alaska; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: chat; surfing
Video at source. Love the last line - "Sometimes the "blast" from the ice hitting the water is so big that hunters find dislodged salmon in the tops of pine trees on the banks of the river." Now surfers...
1 posted on 08/20/2007 12:20:28 PM PDT by Squidpup
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To: Squidpup

Holy mackeral.


2 posted on 08/20/2007 12:22:22 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Squidpup
I might have a little more respect for JFK had they videoed him doing that...
3 posted on 08/20/2007 12:23:28 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Squidpup

Was there shrinkage?


4 posted on 08/20/2007 12:29:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agammemnon dead.)
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To: Squidpup
"Dude"
"Sweet"
5 posted on 08/20/2007 12:29:46 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: Squidpup

A couple of things occur to me - how long before someone is killed and they have to put big signs up on the glaciers - unsafe to surf the waves from a calving glacier?

Second is what a thoroughly stupid way to find a thrill - won’t hurt anybody but the person, but like Bill Shatner said a long time ago - “Get a life”

If they want the thrill of risky behavior, maybe they can join the military and fight for our country???


6 posted on 08/20/2007 12:30:28 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: Squidpup
"Sometimes the "blast" from the ice hitting the water is so big that hunters find dislodged salmon in the tops of pine trees on the banks of the river."

Someone please alert PETA.
7 posted on 08/20/2007 12:30:48 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; The majority are satisfied with a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Squidpup

ping for later


8 posted on 08/20/2007 12:33:22 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Squidpup

Reminds me of a great song from the 80’s, Surf or Die. I’m not writing the name of the band though.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 12:39:55 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Squidpup

Was this filmed for the next “Jackass” movie?


10 posted on 08/20/2007 12:41:54 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Wicket

I wouldn’t want these idiots in my foxhole.


11 posted on 08/20/2007 12:43:09 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Squidpup

The first sound he’ll hear is his life insurance policy being torn up.


12 posted on 08/20/2007 1:07:19 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Wicket

didn’t look particularly dangerous to me. he was a pretty good distance from the glacier, so little danger of getting impaled with ice. The wave wasn’t very big, and he had a jetski not only to tow him in to the wave but pick him up if he fell.


13 posted on 08/20/2007 1:17:43 PM PDT by jdub
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To: jdub

14 posted on 08/20/2007 1:19:26 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?)
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To: Squidpup
Surfing is actuall quite popular here in Alaska. I live near Turnagain Arm, site of a twice daily "Bore tide" that produces a rideable wave that runs 40 miles up the arm.

Surfing the Bore Tide in Turnagain Arm, Alaska

15 posted on 08/20/2007 1:22:19 PM PDT by Species8472 (Democrats Hate America)
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To: oneamericanvoice

I wouldn’t want these idiots in my foxhole.
+++++++++++

Now, that’s cold of you.


16 posted on 08/20/2007 1:23:59 PM PDT by fproy2222
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To: oneamericanvoice
Was this filmed for the next “Jackass” movie?

It was. See post 14.

17 posted on 08/20/2007 1:25:17 PM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but DemocRATs believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: oneamericanvoice

Good point.


20 posted on 08/20/2007 6:25:48 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: AU72
The first sound he’ll hear is his life insurance policy being torn up.

After a contestability period (1 or 2 years depending on the state where the policy was issued) the only person who has the power to tear up a life insurance policy is the owner.

21 posted on 08/20/2007 6:41:18 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Bilabong

So you get the rinse and spin cycles all at once! Sounds like a blast.


22 posted on 08/20/2007 9:24:04 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Dixie Yooper
"...Reminds me of a great song from the 80’s, Surf or Die. I’m not writing the name of the band though..."

I'm guessing the butthole surfers, perhaps?

23 posted on 08/21/2007 1:37:14 PM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Did I mention I just got engaged to a fellow FReeper?)
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To: -=SoylentSquirrel=-

Bingo!


24 posted on 08/21/2007 4:28:13 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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