Surfing in Fossil Beach, Kodiak Island, Alaska USA

Wave direction:
Both Right and Left
Type of the wave:
Kodiak Island is the second largest island in the United States and the largest in the Kodiak Archipelago. The island is situated on the south coast of Alaska and it is separated from the mainland by the Shelikof Strait.

About 50 mi/80 km south from the city of Kodiak, lies an amazing beach. Fossil Beach is the last beach right after passing the Rocket Launch Complex. The beach is easy to find, about an hour drive and a short walk of 5-15 minutes.

It is a public beach with regional classic wave quality, appropriate for all surfers. The waves are very consistent, approximately 150 days/year, giving the opportunity to many surfers to enjoy a nice surfing session.

The reef-rocky waves come from both directions, right and left and shake the sandy with rocks bottom. The normal wave length is 50 – 150 m/164 – 492 ft and the good day length reaches up to 300 m/984 ft.

The swell starts working at less than 1 m/3 ft and holds up to 5 m/16 ft and over. All tides are good for this spot and the best tide movement is rising and falling tides. Fossil Beach can be surfed on both sides.

When the days are larger, the reef is much better than the beach-break. On weekdays, the beach is empty. At weekends you will meet a couple of surfers though. Being a beach-break that offers a variety of waves, Fossil Beach is a lovable surfing destination.