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The pro riders of the Red Bull team catch storm swells off the coast of Alaska.

In late November, 2008, as a massive low pressure system gathered
strength out in the West Pacific, my phone rang with a message that I was to be on a plane to the small Alaskan island of Yakutat in four hours. The plan was to meet up with Red Bull’s big wave surf team and chase the approaching swell through Alaska’s frigid waters.

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Cody Forest Doucette

Cody Forest Doucette was born in the heartland of Wisconsin, raised in the mountains of Idaho and educated on the beaches of California at UCSB. Working with his twin brother, writer Kitt Doucette, he has spent the past six years circling the globe in pursuit of images and experiences which capture both the beauty of the natural world and the complexity of the human condition in the 21st century. You can find more of his work on his website,

  • Vince T.Southeast USA

    A totally crazy article and the best I’ve ever seen on Matador. Unless you have been exposed to real cold and real warmth you cannot appreciate this story. To see surfing in Alaska of which I have never heard of or seen on TV etc. is unreal. Bravo to all of you for having the guts to do it and “live” to see another day! Great story. Pictures are in this case more than a million words! Thanks for making my day! Vince in S.E. US.

  • MaxsterBaxsterBailey

    Hahaha-, that last shot!

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