Blue Nose Surf provides the opportunity for visitors in Southeast Alaska, as well as local Juneau residents, to experience a couple of exciting water sports — paddleboarding and surfing!
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the world. This ancient Polynesian practice consists of the rider standing on a large surfboard and propelling themselves with a long canoe-style paddle. The extra large surfboard provides great stability and floatation, which in turn allows significant speed.
SUP’s have proven to be extremely effective at catching small waves, and can also get up the speed necessary to catch larger waves. Outside of surfing, they are extremely popular as cruising platforms, and are also a great fitness activity. As flat water cruising vehicles, they are smaller, lighter and easier to carry than kayaks. In many ways they are also safer than kayaks, since it is much easier to get back on top of a paddleboard than it is to climb back into a kayak.
Water temperatures in Southeast Alaska range from a low of around 34° in the winter, to as high as 50° in the summer. Lakes will reach warmer temperatures after an extended period of sunny days.
Fortunately, modern wet suit and dry suit technology can keep us comfortable in cold water, even in the middle of winter! Depending on your planned activity and desired level of comfort, there are two main choices for thermal protection: wetsuits and drysuits.
Most people prefer drysuits for the obvious reason. You don’t ever have to get wet. You can layer as much warmth underneath as desired, and be well-protected from an unexpected dip or rain. If you’re planning on surfing or spending lots of time in the water, a wetsuit is the more comfortable choice. A 3mm wetsuit will keep you warm on a nice summer day, but it might be too warm when it's sunny. For winter surfing and paddling, you’ll be more comfortable in a hooded 5mm or 6mm wetsuit.
Our dedicated staff has many years of surfing, kayaking, paddling, boating, sailing, and Alaska experience. Instructors and tour guides are First Aid and CPR qualified, and learn cold water survival techniques, emergency rescue, and signaling.
Owner Neil Nickerson considers himself a “waterman.” Neil loves anything to do in the water, and he has a particular passion for surfing. He has been surfing, waterskiing, kneeboarding, skin diving, sailing, whitewater rafting, and boating for over thirty-five years.
Neil is a retired U.S. Coast Guard skipper, a licensed Captain, and is a survival and safety instructor with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA). He also teaches Maritime Transportation at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Come join us in the fastest growing water sport in the world! Whether you are an experienced paddler, converted kayaker or newbie, we can get you started. No minimum skill level is needed to have fun from the very first stroke. You don’t need Eskimo-rolling skills or self-rescue classes. Just some basic paddling instruction and tips on standing up, and you’re ready to go flat-water cruising on your own on local lakes.
We do recommend a little more experience and instruction before tackling salt water on your own. Our goal is to provide safe and enjoyable paddling for all levels of recreational users. We offer boards and equipment for sale, rentals by the hour or day, lessons and guided tours, as well as paddling and surfing advice.
Thought you were out of luck catching waves in Juneau? Think again.
The determined surfer can catch some fun waves in the winter. Of course you won’t find any groundswell, but when there are winds over thirty knots, keep an eye out for rideable wind swells. Some lively breaks have been explored “out the road” on strong north winds. We have surfed some fun beach breaks at Lena and Eagle Beaches, and found an enjoyable point break at The Shrine.
Strong north winds generally occur in the winter months, so temperatures are often cold. Hooded wetsuits (5mm) are usually warm enough until water temps get below 40 degrees and air temps into the 'teens. By late December, 6mm wetsuits are the way to go, and 7mm booties and 5mm gloves are a must. Prepare like this and you’ll stay nice and toasty.
Boardwork Joyrides are full soft deck boards designed with stability and fun in mind. At 32", 33", and 34" wide, with flat rockers and thick foils, these boards are sure to please the paddler looking for a stable platform, perfect for beginners transitioning through to intermediate levels. The Joyrides are also shorter, making them easy to maneuver, transport, and store.
The Bruce Jones Modern Longboard series is patterned after the classic California longboard shape, for all-around use in average-sized surf. These boards are very forgiving and easy to turn, and will also nose ride well. They work well for beginners, but can be put through hard and easy turning by experienced surfers.
Blue Nose Surf offers paddleboards, surfboards and equipment for sale, and rentals by the hour or day. Whether you are an experienced paddler, a converted kayaker, or a newbie, we can get you started.
No minimum skill level is needed to have fun from the very first stroke. We recommend a moderate level of experience and instruction before tackling salt water on your own.
Our goal is to provide safe and enjoyable paddling for all levels of recreational users. We offer a selection of boards, paddles and accessories to help you enjoy your experience. For questions on sizes and equipment, please call or e-mail our friendly staff.