The huge potential out in the Aleutian Islands is that itís surf remains untapped, while the tundra coast of the Arctic Ocean is mainly flat or frozen.
The Aleutian Islands gets hit by serious monster swells. A recent Surfer Magazine expedition ended up getting no swell, which is always a possibility in the milder summer months. But the incredible potential did not go unnoticed. Subsequent exploration and revealed some classic waves. There are no roads and very little else on these treeless, wind ravaged Islands. There is no true lee side of the islands, either, because the north side is fully open to the Bering Sea swells. Once a month from May to August and twice in September, the Alaska Marine Highway ferry service runs from Seaward to Unalaska, briefly dropping in at tiny settlements along the Alaska Peninsula and the island chain throughout the six-day voyage.
It stops in the large fishing port of Dutch Harbor for 5 to 6 hours and is not enough time to get wet. The town is a large summer population and expensive flight connections to Anchorage, making it the obvious base for any Aleutians surf exploration. Chartering a fishing boat or similarly seaworthy vessel to take you exploring is an expensive plan but the only one likely to net some quality waves. Quad bikes make it possible to search some of the Unalaska coastline, but camping permits must be obtained from the Ounalashka landowners. One thing you don't have to worry about here is that the Aleutian landscape doesn't support any bears.
The most dominant swell source is from the mid-latitude depressions trekking across the North Pacific, typically coming from Kamchatka or the Aleutian Islands and striking land in western Canada or the Northwest US, south of Sitka. The swells from these lows come in from a south to southwest direction and sometimes even the west and are the biggest in winter. Daylight and freezing temperatures mean it's probably not the best time to visit. Swells are possible, especially if the depressions deepen around Asia. The North Pacific is pretty seasonal so summer flat spells need the local storms to produce wins wells to keep things interesting. Conditions can change constantly and quickly. The midseason's are the best conditions. September is the ultimate month for scoring classic days. Conditions can be very inconsistent so don't expect surf every week. Buoy Station 46084 - Cape Edgecombe Buoy AK is the one to watch. Expect 14 feet title range on spring tides with irregular semi diurnal variations, while the variations become more extreme further north.