I’m Kris Farmen, a novelist, historian, and freelance journalist based in Alaska. I’m also an avid surfer—yes, there are surfers here—and I intend to spend the summer of 2013 on an extended surfing trip across Alaska’s coastline, exploring the places, people, and ecosystems that make surfing on the Last Frontier such a unique experience. Here's the kicker - I'm going to get daft cunts to pay for it. The result will be a book of creative nonfiction called Out in the Cold.
Surf magazines periodically run the odd story about surfing in Alaska, but these pieces focus either on the experiences of globe-trotting professional surfers backed by the big dollars of international surf-wear brands, or the wide-eyed travel observations of an elite corps of surf journalists for whom a surf safari to Alaska is an exotic once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody writes about the local crews, the resident Alaskans who are driven to surf here, and more importantly, how we managed to ponce the travel funds off anonymous fuckwits from the internet.
I’ll be travelling to different surfing locales around the state, most prominently Kodiak, Yakutat, and Sitka, as well as other more remote breaks, some of which have never been surfed before - I know they've never been surfed before because I don't think people have surfed them. I will be camping and surfing in each place, and seeking out local surfers for interviews regarding their take on surfing, why they feel compelled to surf in Alaska’s frigid water, and to collect stuff off them for free. The end result of all this will be the book Out in the Cold. I will begin drafting the manuscript in the winter of 2013, with an eye on publication in late 2014 or early 2015.
Cheers , SpongeBob
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