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|3rd Annual Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships||Oct 21-23, 2016|
*Free Tandem Surf with friends of pets and a BodySurf Expression Session. Please register at the beach.
|Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships 2016 presents: MOVIE FEST - Oct 21, 2016|
Surf & SUP Movie Night & Dinner
|Tofino Surf Groms Movie||Clayoquot Sound Theater, Sept 9, 2016|
Join us at the Clayoquot Sound Theater - Friday, September 9 - for a collaboration between local film makers, Tofino surf groms, and the Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic and see these amazing kids in action on the BIG SCREEN. The short local film will be followed by the surf classic, The North Shore.
|3rd annual Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic||Sept 17, 2016|
FREE registration for all kids - all levels - NOW OPEN!
~ a day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore canadian surfers who brave the cold water because they love to surf!~
- announcing the 3nd annual bruhwiler kids classic, september 17, 2016, with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. the free, fun, and competitive event showcases the youngest canadian surfers who brave the cold waves for their love of surfing. they are committed to fun times and learning how to shred harder. some of them just want to be in the water with their friends. many of them love to compete and thrive from the excitement of a day at the beach with friends, spectators, sponsors and their families! for ages 0-18.
the beach day will run as a one day event in tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format for the competitive divisions and a non judged 'expression session' event for the kids who are not interested in competing but still want to be part of the fun. divisions include open expression session (everyone wins!), 12 and under division, and a 18 and under division. it's all about the kids and celebrating surfing in our community and in canada.
with preregistration now available online at http://www.bruhwilerkidsclassic.com , equipment will be offered to kids who don't have their own. preregistration is mandatory and limited.
the location of the event will be posted on the website, the day prior to the contest or the morning of. we will start at 9 am and wrap up by 3pm.
a few fun things are happening prior to the beach event this year! in early september, we will be showcasing our young canadian talent on the big screen in tofino (location and date tba). a tofino groms kids surf film by local filmakers captured the kids around the beaches this spring to put together a very inspiring short film about these surfers!
if you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. this is a free event and any support would be greatly appreciated.
look forward to seeing you on the beach saturday, september 19! come out to help your kids wiggle into their suits or cheer them on!
|Surf & beach film making day of West Coast Surf Groms||June 12, 2016|
SURF & BEACH FILM MAKING DAY OF WEST COAST SURF GROMS
Join local film makers and Tofino surf groms for an afternoon at the beach. SUNDAY, JUNE 12 kids will participate in creating there own short film about why they surf, how they care of the beach and what it looks like to play in the waves.
Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic - September 17, 2016 http://www.bruhwilersurfclassic.com
|YouTube:Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2016 - 10th Anniversary Event Recap - 2:45 min
» Music by: Tom Curren, Pat Curren, and Vince Vaccaro
|Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2016 - a few more photos|
|Young American Kevin Schulz storms Cox Bay to Win the 10th Annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino May/29/2016
» The third and final day of the 10th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino completed today as National Champions and Rip Curl Pro champions were crowned and $10,000 in prize money was awarded
» RESULTS POSTED
» podium & surfing photos by Justin Jung
|Canadian National Champions Crowned on the 2nd Day of the Rip Curl Pro Tofino May/28/2016
» stand out performances on day two were provided by Ben Murphy (Victoria, BC), Leah Oke (Panama), and Mathea Olin (Tofino, BC).
» Podium pics by Justin Jung:Boys 12U - Boys 16U - Girls 16U - Girls U12
» Ben Murphy - Photo:Neal Lally
Day 1 Rip Curl Pro Tofino - press release - May 27, 2016
» Tom Curren - Photo:Matt Myers
» Tom Curren - Photo:Matt Myers
|Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Titles - May 27-29, 2016
» May 12th, 2016 press release
» 2016 preview video
|2015 ISA World Bodyboard Championship||Live webcast - Dec 07 - 13, 2015|
The live streaming schedule will be as follows:
|2nd Annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational||October 23 to 25, 2015|
~ A fun, competitive event for talented and committed surfers in Canada and beyond! ~
The Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational is supported by sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The fun, competitive event invites talented and committed standup paddle surfers and surfers in Canada and beyond to shred the waves in Tofino this coming October 23, 24 and 25, 2015. Qualifying surfers are stoked, educated, and part of our epic and growing international SUP and surf community.
The Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational will run as a three day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format, and have open pro men's, amateur and a women's divisions. By adding a 'surf' contest component this year, we create an environment of mutual respect between all disciplines of surf and provide an opportunity to bring people together to share their love of surf and their community and to have a good time together.
We are proud to announce that this event is sanctioned as the official Canadian Surfing Associations Qualifying Event for representation at the 2016 ISA World SUP Games for both men and women's divisions.
The awards banquet will be held on Saturday evening, catered by the WOLF IN THE FOG Restaurant, downtown Tofino, October 24 and into the night.
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|14th Annual Clean Water Classic - Sept 25-27, 2015 in Westport, WA
» RESULTS POSTED
|The Queen of the Peak Women's Surf Championships||Tofino, Oct 2-4, 2015|
Join us for the 6th annual Queen of the Peak - Women's Surf Championships inTofino, October 2-4th presented by Billabong. Shortboarders, longboarders and Princess's (girls 16 and under) will compete for cash and prizes and the coveted title of 'Queen of the Peak'. All contest entries include a complimentary welcome dinner at Shelter on Thursday October 1st.
Registration opens September 11th with a kick off party at Surf Sister in Tofino. If you are unable to sign up in person please contact email@example.com to register or call Surf Sister 250-725-4456 after the 11th.
2014 contest highlight video by Adam Chilton
|National SUP Surf champs return to Tofino||October 23 to 25, 2015|
October competition to crown top Canadian men and women adds surfing contest
Canada's original stand up paddle surf contest is coming back to Tofino and this time it's bringing it's big brother. Back by popular demand, Canada's most passionate stand up paddleboard surfers return to the west coast of Canada for the second annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational, October 23 to 25, 2015.
"It's a fun, competitive event," says Catherine Bruhwiler, the organizer and owner of Tofino Paddle Surf. "We're inviting any committed stand up paddle surfer from Canada and beyond to a fun and supportive weekend of competing and partying."
Watch the Facebook page for more details as they announced: https://www.facebook.com/events/1507391306144970/
Last year 64 SUP surfers from Ontario, California, Washington and Hawaii joined a strong crew from Vancouver Island and B.C. in the inaugural event. The two day contest featured judged heats in Pro men, amateur men and a women's division. The top surfers in the pro and women's went on to represent Canada at the ISA World Championships.
This year SUP surf won't be the only contest on the water. The Invitational will wrap up with a one day surf contest.
"By adding a surf contest component we create an environment of mutual respect between all disciplines of surf," says Bruhwiler, who will compete in both the SUP and surf events. "It's an opportunity to bring people together to share their love of surf, the ocean and the beach."
SUP surfers will compete on Friday and Saturday with the winners crowned at a Saturday night banquet. Surfers will take to the water on Sunday. Both events will be held at one of the beaches near Tofino, British Columbia, Canada's surf capital.
"Tofino's an ideal location for a surf contest," says Bruhwiler. "With several beaches to choose from, each facing a slightly different direction, we can pick the best venue for the conditions, ensuring quality surf."
The SUP and surf community has jumped on board the event. Last year almost everyone received some sort of prize from sponsors, including SUP boards for top finishers. Bruhwiler expects similar overwhelming support and interest this year.
"I got a lot of great feedback on our inaugural event," she says. "I think this year's event will be even better."
|2nd Annual Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic||Tofino, Sept 19, 2015|
A day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore Canadian surfers who brave the cold water because they love to surf! With the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The FREE, fun, and competitive event showcases the youngest Canadian surfers who brave the cold waves for their love of surfing. They are committed to fun times and learning how to shred harder. Some of them just want to be in the water with their friends. Many of them love to compete and thrive from the excitement of a day at the beach with friends, spectators, sponsors and their families! For ages 0-18. The Beach Day will run as a one day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format for the competitive divisions and a non judged ‘expression session' event for the kids who are not interested in competing but still want to be part of the fun. Divisions include Open Expression Session (everyone wins!), 12 and Under Division, and a 18 and Under Division. It's all about the kids and celebrating surfing in our community and in Canada. With preregistration now available online at www.bruhwilerkidsclassic.com, equipment will be offered to kids who don't have their own. Preregistration is mandatory and limited. The location of the event will be posted on the website, the day prior to the contest or the morning of. If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This is a free event and any support would be greatly appreciated. Contest art, tees and hats will be sold at the event as well as at the Saturday Market in the weeks prior to the event
Look forward to seeing you on the beach Saturday, September 19! Come out to help your kids wiggle into their suits or cheer them on!
|Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Championship - May 30-31, 2015
» Peter Devries - Noah Wegrich - Dane Anderson - Ben Murphy - Photo:Marcus Paladino
» 4 photos from Justin Jung
» 15 photos from Will Saunders
» RESULTS POSTED
» YouTube:In Tofino for the RipCurl Pro 2015 - Video:Jeremy Surin - 1:51
» Final Press release:Californian dark horse Noah 'Wiggy' Wegrich (Santa Cruz, CA) claims Rip Curl Pro, Peter Devries; the highest ranked Canadian retains National title
» May/30/2015 Press release:Pete Devries looked impressive! Ben Murphy, Victoria, BC, achieved the highest heat score of the day, in the men's pro division
» YouTube:2015 Rip Curl Pro Tofino Official Teaser
» May/14/2015 Press release:In Canada's largest surfing competition, surfers in 11 separate divisions will vie for over $25,000 in cash and prizes at Cox Bay in Tofino, BC - May 30-31, 2015
» RipCurl surf comps from years past
|2nd Annual Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic||September 19, 2015|
a Poster Art Exhibition open to all kids
Kids Surf Film Project
~ A day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore Canadian surfers who brave the cold water because they love to surf!~
Press Release: Tofino, BC, June 1, 2015 - Announcing the 2nd Annual Bruhwiler Kids Classic, September 19, 2015 , with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The FREE, fun, and competitive event showcases the youngest Canadian surfers who brave the cold waves for their love of surfing. They are committed to fun times and learning how to shred harder. Some of them just want to be in the water with their friends. Many of them love to compete and thrive from the excitement of a day at the beach with friends, spectators, sponsors and their families!
The Beach Day will run as a one day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format for the competitive divisions and a non judged ‘expression session' event for the kids who are not interested in competing but still want to be part of the fun. Divisions include Open Expression Session (everyone wins!), 12 and Under Division, and a 16 and Under Division. It's all about the kids and celebrating surfing in our community and in Canada.
With preregistration now available online at http://www.bruhwilerkidsclassic.com/, equipment will be offered to kids who don't have their own. Preregistration is mandatory.
The location of the event will be posted on the website, the day prior to the contest or the morning of. We will start at 9 am and wrap up by 3pm.
A few fun things are happening prior to the beach event this year! With a Poster Art Exhibition open to all kids, art is displayed on the webpage, facebook event page and one artists' work will be randomly drawn for the poster art July 1! In the week prior to the beach day, we will be showcasing our young Canadian talent on the big screen in Tofino (location and date TBA). Collection of kids surf film will be happening now until September 1, with local filmakers capturing the kids around the beaches, at surf club, etc. Video submissions will be accepted via USB. Camcorder, iPhone or Go Pro video all works!
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . This is a free event and any support would be greatly appreciated.
Look forward to seeing you on the beach Saturday, September 19! Come out to help your kids wiggle into their suits or cheer them on!
#kidsurfing #bruhwilerkidsclassic #tofinosurfing http://www.bruhwilerkidsclassic.com/
2nd Annual SurfCam Christmas Classic Invitational Mobile Surf Contest
» live webcast Sunday & Monday http://www.surfcamchristmasclassic.com/
|Day 2 heat sheet - SurfCam Christmas Classic Invitational Dec 29, 2014 in Pacific Rim National Park
thanks again Rebecca for the photos
|Day 1 heat sheet - SurfCam Christmas Classic Invitational Dec 28, 2014 in Pacific Rim National Park
thank you Rebecca Oldroyd for the timely pics
replay the day
watch the whole contest at http://new.livestream.com/surfcamcanada/events/3685312
|The Fortune Wild Available for Pre-order on iTunes||release:Nov 10, 2014|
Sitka is excited to announce that the Fortune Wild is now available for pre-order on iTunes and will be released on November 10th.
Not long ago, an intrepid crew of surfers and activists from the Sitka family set out on an expedition to the far-flung shores of Haida Gwaii. That trip resulted in The Fortune Wild, a short film directed by Ben Gulliver and featuring Peter Devries, Reid and Arran Jackson and Noah Cohen. One-third documentary, one-third surf movie and one-third storybook wander into the unknown, it's a beautiful and unconventional look at what makes the West Coast so priceless and so worthy to protect.
The Fortune Wild has been on the festival circuit for the last year, winning multiple awards along the way, and we're proud to announce that it's now available for download. Pre-ordering is underway, with release on November 10th after the film screens at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
As bonus content, the download version of The Fortune Wild is bundled with our earlier short film Tipping Barrels, for a total running time of 44 minutes.
|Haida Gwaii Expression Session||Nov 7-8, 2014|
Friday November 7
Saturday November 8
event website at http://northbeachsurfshop.com/?page_id=133
|Canada's first stand up paddle surf contest coming to Tofino next weekend|
As Canada's surf capital, Tofino is a fitting host for the first sanctioned stand up paddleboard surf contests ever held in Canadian surf. The 1st Annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational presented by Wolf in the Fog runs Saturday October 25 and Sunday October 26 at the Vancouver Island surfing destination. Find out more at http://tofinopaddlesurf.com/sup-surf-invitational-canadian-national-qualifiers/
"The best SUP surfers in the country will be here competing for the national crown, but we also have an amateur division for anyone that just wants to come out and compete in a fun, supportive atmosphere," says Catherine Bruhwiler, the contest organizer and owner of Tofino Paddle Surf. "It's going to be a really exciting to see all the best surfers, all in one place."
This may be the first time any ocean surf SUP contest has been held in the Canada, another first for the hybrid sport. Combining an oversized surfboard with an extra long canoe paddle, like its name suggests SUP is paddling while standing up. Fun, easy to learn and a full body workout SUP continues to be one of the fastest growing water sport. For proof consider the long list of sponsors for the contest: Tofino Paddle Surf, Wolf in the Fog, Tofino Brewing Co., Tin Wis Beach Resort, Coast Mountain Magazine, Cascadia, Jimmy Lewis, Kahuna SUP, Ocean River Sports, Ocean Rodeo, Starboard SUP, Kalavida Surf, Kialoa, Level Six, Norm Hann Expeditions, Ausmosis, Black Project Fins, Woodshed Collective, Blue Wave SUP, Easy Rider, Patagonia, Victory, Xcel, Santarossa Creative and Rogue SUP.
While called an invitational, the event is also open to anyone in three categories, pro-men's, women's and amateur men. As the official sanctioned Canadian Surfing Association Qualifying Event the winners of the pro and women categories will represent Canada at the 2015 ISA World SUP Games in Nicaragua. For everyone else, there's a huge draw prize bin and a raffle in support of SURF'S UP, a charity that takes autistic kids and their families paddling in Tofino, with dry suits, carbon fibre paddles and surf SUP boards up for grabs.
The event really starts on Friday night, at a pre-contest registration and competitor meeting at the Tofino Brewery. Judges will be on hand to explain the heat format and the scoring system. Unlike regular surfing, SUP surfing is scored on not just the wave riding, but also the paddling through the waves, adding to the challenge.
"The winners are going to have to be really well rounded SUP paddlers," says Bruhwiler.
The contest begins on Saturday morning, the actual venue will be decided on the morning of depending on weather and swell conditions, and runs through the day with heats in the various divisions. The top two surfers in each heat move on to the next round. The competition continues through Sunday. There's also a body surfing expression session for those that prefer their waves without accoutrement. An awards banquet follows the surfing at Wolf in the Fog, a Tofino restaurant specializing in local ingredients.
Heats are filling up with competitors coming from Tofino, Victoria and the rest of Vancouver Island, Vancouver and also much farther east. A surprisingly large contingent are flying in from Ontario and Nova Scotia to challenge for the title.
"This will be the first time we're going to have a truly national battle for who will represent Canada at the World's," say Bruhwiler. "I think the competition will be fierce. It's going to be a fantastic weekend for stand up paddling in Canada."
Find out more at http://www.contests.tofinopaddlesurf.com under Surf.
|Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational||October 25 & 26, 2014|
Tofino Paddle Surf is stoked to present:
Press Release: Tofino, BC, June 4, 2014 - Tofino Paddle Surf is excited to announce the First Annual Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational, with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The fun, competitive event invites talented and committed standup paddle surfers in Canada and beyond to shred the waves in Tofino on October 25 & 26, 2014. Qualifying surfers are stoked, educated, and part of our epic and growing international SUP community!
The Tofino Paddle Surf SUP Invitational will run as a two day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format, and have open pro men's, amateur and a women's divisions, for this year's contest. It's all for fun and community and we'll be throwing in a body surf expression session for anyone who's interested and just all-around loves being in the waves!
We are proud to announce that this event is sanctioned as the official Canadian Surfing Associations Qualifying Event for representation at the 2015 ISA World SUP Games for both men and women's divisions.
The awards banquet will be held in the Beachfront Bistro at the Tin Wis Resort with their beautiful views of Mackenzie Beach and the setting sun on Sunday evening, October 26 and into the night.
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look forward to sending you out an official invite soon! See you on the beach Saturday, October 25 & 26, 2014!
- Competitors Package includes schedule : 141026tofinosup.pdf
- #supsurfcanada #canadiansurfassociation #tofinopaddlesurf
- For further Information please visit http://www.contests.tofinopaddlesurf.com or http://tofinopaddlesurf.com/
|The Queen of the Peak Women's Surf Championships||Tofino, Oct 4 -5, 2014|
|13th annual Clean Water Classic||Westport WA, Oct 03-0 , 2014|
Clean Water Classic - Registration Opens September 1, 2014
We are excited to have Subaru of Puyallup back as our Title Sponsor. Registration for the 2014 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation, Clean Water Classic surf contest will open September 1st. The contest will be held October 3rd through the 5th in Westport, WA. Registration will be online and we will be using PayPal again this year for registration payments, click here to Register or go to our website: www.cleanwaterclassic.com.
Also, please checkout our Sponsors page on the website as they help to make this contest possible.
Contest Headquarters is the Islander Hotel in downtown Westport.
Other Events on the Weekend will include:
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your past support and we hope to see you in October.
|The Endless Summer Film Screening||Vic Theatre - Sept 18, 2014|
It's the 50th anniversary of Bruce Brown's film The Endless Summer and the 30th anniversary of the Surfrider Foundation! The Vancouver Island Chapter has partnered with Bruce Brown Films to host a screening of the Endless Summer and to celebrate the history of surfing and coastal activism! Mike Redpath from Coastline will be presenting the film along with a raffle (sweet prizes) and some surf history trivia! Advance tickets will be available at Sitka, Coastline and Ht0! Doors open at 7pm. Mike Redpath will be hosting the event. There will be raffle prizes to get you ready for surf season including a Barracuda replica of Mike Hynson's longboard from the film! Beer, buddies and good times!
|First Annual Bruhwiler Kids Classic||Tofino, Sept 20, 2014|
A day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore Canadian surfers who brave the cold water because they were born to surf!
Press Release: Tofino, BC, June 30, 2014 - Our family is stoked to announce the First Annual Bruhwiler Kids Classic,, September 20, 2014, with the support of sponsors, friends, and volunteers. The FREE, fun, and competitive event showcases the youngest Canadian surfers who brave the cold waves for their love of surfing. They are committed to fun times and learning how to shred harder. Some of them just want to be in the water with their friends. Many of them love to compete and thrive from the excitement of a day at the beach with friends, spectators, sponsors and their families!
The Beach Day will run as a one day event in Tofino, using a classic heat/judging panel format for the competitive divisions and a non judged ‘expression session' event for the kids who are not interested in competing but still want to be part of the fun. Divisions include Open Expression Session (everyone wins!), 12 and Under Division, and a 16 and Under Division. It's all about the kids and celebrating surfing in our community and in Canada. Our goal is to create a ‘beach festival' feel the event. All sorts of fun beach games and activities are planned for throughout the day. The entire days activities list is being created by a team of the local kids and they are so excited about it!
With preregistration, equipment will be offered to kids who don't have their own.
The location of the event will be posted on the Facebook Event Page the day prior to the contest. We will start at 9 am and wrap up by 3pm. Preregistrations are awesome. Beach registration will be available.
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org This is a free event and any support would be greatly appreciated. See below for sponsorship details.
Look forward to seeing you on the beach Saturday, September 20! Come out to help your kids wiggle into their suits or cheer them on!
Catherine Bruhwiler email@example.com 250 255 1997
#kidsurfing #bruhwilerkidsclassic #tofinosurfing
If you are interested in participating, sponsoring, or volunteering for the event or would like more info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org This is a free event and any support would be greatly appreciated.
Sponsorship can provide your company presence on the website/social media/event venue/media/posters/teeshirts/all promotions and mention during the day and awards ceremony, as well as on all media and print advertising for the contest. We will have the kids helping commentate at the beach.
- monetary (for purchase of metals - everyone gets one!- and trophies for 1st to 4th place in the competitive divisions and for contest teeshirts/hats)
- product to use in prize packages, or to give to each child that registers. -swag..tees, stickers, bags…anything kids will love!
- 'beach festival'. With some of the kids already involved, we've come up with some great games and beach activities and invite you to have your company organize, facilitate and present some of these games. If you would like ideas, let us know, or we can give you our list. If you have a great idea of your own, that can work also. The MC for the event will have the kids presenting the different games, contest divisions, and event sponsors.
- tents/tables/chairs for use at event
- raffle prizes for draws at beach - prizes for parents are welcome too! We need to celebrate the the hard work of the parents who take their kids to the beach and surfing!
- we are expecting 40-50 kids for this first year.
Our family has finally decided to hold a surf contest dedicated to all the little shredders in our families, Tofino, and across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. They are taking over the lineup like weeds (cute ones) and love any opportunities to surf with their friends, hang at the beach with their families and compete in contests! There is never enough for the kids to do, and its time to give them an event all to themselves and celebrate how amazing and hardcore all these little surfers really are.
Surfing and the ocean is, and always has been, such an important and integral part of our family. We want to share that love of the water and outdoor lifestyle with the kids. We want to encourage them and stoke them to also keep developing a love and appreciation for the ocean.
The Bruhwiler Kids Classic will be held September 20, 2014. We would love to have all the local kids join us, as well as kids from all over the island, and maybe even beyond. The day at the beach will be completely about the kids, with both competitive and non-competitive categories. Not only do we want to support those kids that have already developed a love of surfing, but we want to appeal to the kids that have never been on a board before. We will be offering free entries to all the kids (preregistration and at the beach) and will supply some equipment for kids who don't have their own. We want kids in ocean communities to get off the couch and their faces away from screens, and experience what the ocean has to offer.
Please find attached our event poster, as well as details and an official press release.
To make this great day even better, we are seeking sponsorship from companies (monetary and/or product) to use in prize packages, or to give to each child that registers. If this is something your company would be interested in being a part of, please let us know. We are also inviting companies to help me make this day really fun for the kids by helping us create a 'beach festival' feel. With some of the kids already involved, we've come up with some great games and beach activities and invite you to have your company organize, facilitate and present some of these games. If you would like ideas, let us know, or we can give you our list. If you have a great idea of your own, that can work also. The MC for the event will have the kids presenting the different games and contest divisions. The company sponsoring the different events will be recognized then, as well as on all media and print advertising for the contest. Our sponsorship deadline for logo prints on posters is August 15.
Thanks for your support and looking forward to hearing from you!
Raph, Joey, Aqua, Shea, Dusty, Cath, Soleille, Kalum, Francis, Hanne, Gary, Doug, Sepp, Kristin, Sofia, Kobe, Charlie, Vern, Moa
|3rd Annual tRADitions – A NW Waterboard Event||Aug 2-3, 2014|
Lib Tech Waterboarding and NxNW Surf Shop present the 3rd Annual “tRADitions – A NW Waterboard Event - August 2-3, 2014 – First Beach / La Push, WA
District of Tofino launches free summer shuttle service
Getting around Tofino this summer will be simpler than ever. In addition to Tofino's popular multi use path, this season, residents and visitors can get around town by taking a free shuttle.
From June 28 to September 1, the service will run hourly between 11:00 am and 8:30 pm. The shuttle will begin in downtown Tofino and travel to the Cox Bay Visitor Information Centre with stops convenient to local beaches, restaurants and businesses. Riders can hop on or off the bus at any stop along the route. You can even load up your surfboard.
The shuttle previously charged riders a $2 fare but in an effort to make the service more convenient, the District of Tofino has opted to offer the service free of charge. The seasonal service is paid for through a blend of Resort Municipality Initiative and Federal Gas Tax Agreement funding. The District has contracted locally owned Tofino Bus to operate the 2014 service. For a complete schedule visit the District's website at http://www.tofinobus.com/transit.
|Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Championship||May 31 - June 01, 2014|
On May 31st & June 1st Canada's greatest surfers will come to battle at Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia for more than $25,000 in cash and prizing.
» Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Championship - May 31 - June 01, 2014 - ripcurlprotofino.com
» Rip Curl Pro Tofino Free Live Feed - surfcamcanada
» 2014 Rip Curl Pro Tofino: Schedule of Events - ripcurl.com
|Vancouver Island SUP series||June to August 2014|
Victoria: Cadboro Bay - June 22, 2014
Tofino: Tin Wis Resort - July 19-20, 2014
Comox: Waterman Festival - August 9-10, 2014
Vancouver Island SUP series
the sixth year of Vancouver Island's first Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series
Complete information at http://www.surf-sup.ca/events
2014 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Ecuador
Looks fine in Ecuador again today | Youtube LIVE FEED every day April 5-13
» Apr/07/2014 update from Team Canada, Sean and Chris
Look for our lone Canadian
Sean Foerster in both Boys Under 16 + 18
|2014 Nor'Easter Nova Scotia Surf Contest||waiting period:Mar 29-30, Apr 05-06, Apr 12-13, 2014|
|5th Annual Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival||Vernon BC, August 30-31, 2014|
Kalamalka Classic SUP Festival (Standup Paddleboard) Kalamalka Lake Beach, Vernon BC
|Registration/Surf's Up:Tofino surf camp for families living with Autism||Sept 13, 2014|
Surf's Up Event - a free one day surf camp for children and families living with Autism will be held on Saturday September 13, 2014 in Tofino BC.
Registration details and information on the camp can be found at:
|5th Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session||Nov 1-3, 2013|
5th Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - Nov 1-3, 2013
|West Coast Surf Museum "SOHA' Party||Tofino, Nov 9, 2013|
The West Coast Surf Museum is hosting it's
1st Annual West Coast Surf Museum "SOHA' Party!
A celebration of everything we love - surfing, ocean. history, art!
|The Queen of the Peak all-female surf contest||Tofino, Oct 04-05, 2013|
| CBC Radio interview with Devorah Reeves
Canada's first surf museum - A place for antique longboards, Super 8 video reels and newspaper clippings showcasing the history of the popular west coast past time We hear about one woman's plans to open one in Tofino.
|10th Annual Point Michaud Surf Classic||Aug 23 - 25, 2013|
Saturday Aug 24th
|The West Coast Surf Museum project|
The vision is to create a living interactive physical space by spring 2014 in Tofino, BC. The museum will operate as an Incorporated Non Profit Society. Read more/contribute at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/
A WCSM PROJECT UPDATE Aug/15/2013
An exciting new project is taking shape on Canada's west coast, and we would love to share it with you. The West Coast Surf Museum will be a collection of exhibits and events dedicated to preserving the rich heritage, diverse lifestyle and unique spirit of pride and, of course, stoke which surrounds the sport of cold water surfing on Canada’s west coast.
Until now the inspirational tales of the west coast’s original surf pioneers have been passed down through families. This innovative project hopes to give respect and a much-needed voice to our unique surfing heritage.
Our unique surfing story began thousands of years ago when local First Nations people took to riding Pacific swells in their canoes. This spirit of adventure continues to be reflected in Canada’s modern surf scene, which was kick started just 60 years ago when a few hardy souls starting surfing the waters off the west coast with borrowed wetsuits and boards.
Canadians have a surfing history and we want to tell it.
The West Coast Surf Museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage, lifestyle, and unique spirit of surfing on Canada’s west coast.
The vision is to create a living interactive physical space by spring 2014 in Tofino, BC.
The museum will operate as an Incorporated Non Profit Society and will
This groundbreaking initiative needs a lot of support and enthusiasm to turn it into a reality.
We are seeking $60, 000 in seed money to help get the museum up and running. We have chosen to crowdfund through Indiegogo so many people can be a part of this historical project.
Your donation to the project will help provide the resources needed to
ALL WITH HOPES OF BEING OPEN TO THE PUBLIC LATE SPRING 2014
In its infancy, the West Coast Surf Museum needs your help. There are three ways to show your support for this exciting project:
Help us spread the word! Tell customers in your store, like and follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WestCoastSurfMuseum, share your story with us, or link to us on your website.
Donate to the West Coast Surf Museum project at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ . Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform used to raise money and get the word out about campaigns like ours. Our fundraising platform will be launched August 3 and donations accepted after that date
Visit us at the Saturday market on Tofino’s Village Green each Saturday this summer, starting July 11th.
Tofino Paddle Surf - ROXY - Surfrider Foundation PRESENTS a community event
THE ROXY SALT SHAKER BRINGS FEMALE SURFERS TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SURF DAY
The ROXY Salt Shaker will begin at 2:30pm local time on both the west and east coast, specifically Cox Bay in Tofino, British Columbia and Lawrencetown Beach in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. The beach clean up will take place from 2:30pm to 4pm followed by complimentary surf lessons from 4:30 to 6:30pm and conclude with an 'expression session' contest at 6:30pm until dark. Join Canada's top female surfers and premier surf schools to push your surfing to the next level or to get started on what may become a life long passion!
Pre-registration for the complimentary surf lessons and contest is encouraged by emailing email@example.com. Pre-registration will secure your spot and will avoid any disappointment as we can only bring so many wetsuits and surfboards to the beach. Walk-ups are welcome and there will always be something to do on the beach and someone to do it with! There will be music, games, giveaways and plenty of saltiness!
For individuals who are land locked, office locked or otherwise unable to attend, you can still celebrate with us by participating in the "OceanHugger" "ROXYSaltShaker" Instagram contest. Between Thursday June 20 and Sunday June 23 show us how you are celebrating International Surf Day in Canada with surf, wave or environmental images and you could win a $500 prize pack from ROXY Canada.
For further information please visit the ROXY Salt Shaker Facebook Event page or email RoxyCanada@Quiksilver.com. Please also visit our event partners: TofinoPaddleSurf.com , ECSurfSchool.com , SurfRider.org and SurfNS.com.
See you on the beach on Sunday June 23, Canada!
|Hollow Wooden Surfboard - build your own:Workshops||Edmonton - Calgary - Vancouver - Pemberton - Montreal - Port Renfrew - Halifax - June - Nov, 2013|
three & seven day workshops
Opening ceremonies and first day of competition at the ISA World Surfing Games 2013 in Playa Santa Catalina, Panama - Leah
|the World Surfing Games in Santa Catalina||Panama May 4-12, 2013|
watch Leah Oke compete at the World Surfing Games in Panama - May 4-12, 2013
I will be competing as the sole representative for team Canada tune in live at http://www.isawsg.com/ to watch
|2013 Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Championship||Registration opens May 1st|
RIP CURL ANNOUNCES THE RIP CURL PRO TOFINO AS CANADIAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Ultimate Surfing Company receives sanctioning by the Canadian Surfing Association to become the Canadian Surfing Championship and announces Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2013 event dates.
The Canadian Surfing Association (CSA) has officially sanctioned the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian Surfing Championship. The event will take place June 1st and 2nd at Cox Bay in Tofino, BC. The event is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions.
President of the Canadian Surfing Association Dom Domic said “The Canadian Surfing Association is very excited to sanction the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian National Championship for the first time.” He added “Now in its 7th year, the Rip Curl Pro Tofino has been at the forefront of a rapidly increasing level of competitive surfing in Canada.”
The annual surf competition provides an arena for competitive surfing in Canada. The divisions for the event are: Pro Men, Pro Women, Masters, Men’s Longboard, Women’s Longboard, Junior Men, Junior Women, and Children. The CSA recognition means that the Rip Curl Pro Tofino will deliver a national champion in each of these divisions.
Rip Curl - The Ultimate Surfing Company
Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support and the people we reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on.
For event information visit the website at ripcurlprotofino.com
Follow @ripcurl_canada & #RipCurlPro
|12th annual Clean Water Classic||Westport WA, May 17 - 19, 2013|
Clean Water Classic 2013 Registration Opens April 1, 2013
The Clean Water Classic would not be possible without all of our sponsors including our title sponsor, Subaru, and our contest headquarters the Islander Hotel and Half Moon Bar and Grill.. Please visit the Sponsors page to see a complete list of sponsors and support them.
Contest Headquarters is the Islander Hotel in downtown Westport.
Other Events on the Weekend will include:
We will also be having a Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday. Please check out the website: http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/ .
Your participation in this contest helps support the Surfrider Chapters in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
|Sitka welcomes Nico Manos to their surf team||March 2013|
|Surfrider Gear Swap - Victoria||Oct 28, 2012|
We have a gear swap coming up this weekend! Please get the word out that we are accepting gear for a percentage of the sale going towards the lands @ Jordan River. Also we are going to be screening Nixon's "come hell or high water"
this Sunday in Market Square, Victoria. The Small Pebbles = Big Beach Campaign will help raise funds for the purchase of Jordan River in conjunction with BC Parks and The Land Conservacy. The new park at Jordan River will forever protect Jordan River against development and keep our little slice of surfing paradise unspoilt forever.
We are trying to bring as many ocean and surf oriented people together next weekend for a big board swap, a screening of "Come Hell or High Water" - with guest speaker, Mark Cunningham ! We will be serving beer all day and hopefully managing to raise some money in the process. Check it all out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SmallPebblesBigBeachFundraisingCampaign
A couple of the local shops have also stepped up for people offering to sell and donate proceeds to Small Pebbles = Big Beach. Check out the incentives below:
more info can be found @ http://www.facebook.com/events/253714461418109/
|4th Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session||Nov 1-5, 2012|
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - November 01-05, 2012
|The Queen of the Peak all-female surf contest||Tofino, Oct 13 - 14, 2012|
Queen of the Peak is confirmed for October 13 & 14. This year we will also be adding a "Princess of the Peak" for groms as well as our usual shortboard and longboard divisions.
Sep/22/2012the Queen of the Peak - Women's Surf Championships are on again for October 13-14 here in Tofino. Registration is now open and is filling quickly so please spread the word to any lovely surfer ladies you know that may want to enter. For info about the contest and surrounding events check out http://www.queenofthepeak.com/
Princess of the Peak (under 16)
|Lisa Andersen Roxy Surf Champ Camp in Tofino||Oct 20-21, 2012|
Lisa Andersen, the four-time women's world surfing champion, will be in Tofino, BC, Canada on Saturday, October 20th to coach a one-day camp for up-and-coming junior girl surfers between the ages of 14-24. 8 girls will attend in total, 4 invitees and 4 winners. HOW TO ENTER: To enter to win one of 4 spots, all expenses paid, email a 30-second or 3-wave video of you surfing to RoxyCanada@Quiksilver.com on or before Friday October 5. Lisa herself will be picking the winners! Good luck! Also, on Sunday, October 21st there is a freesurf with Lisa and the Roxy team and beach bbq.
Join the one day event for young ladies wanting to learn about competition from World Champ Lisa Andersen and SEE EVERYONE out for a funday Sunday FREE SURF & BEACH BBQ with the legend herself and the ROXY Crew!!! Saturday and Sunday, Oct 20 &21
4 TIME WORLD SURFING CHAMPION and ROXY ATHLETE, LISA ANDERSEN, BRINGS HER JUNIOR GIRLS TRAINING CAMP TO CANADA FOR THE FIRST TIME!
SHOW US YOUR SURFING AND YOU COULD WIN A SPOT AT THE LISA ANDERSEN ROXY CHAMP CAMP IN TOFINO! Open to ages 14-24.
Tofino, British Columbia (September 21, 2012) – On Saturday October 20th, four time World Surfing Champion, Roxy athlete, and the most influential female surfer of all-time, Lisa Andersen, will bring the Roxy Champ Camp series to Canada for the first time to coach some of the best amateur girls in the Pacific Northwest. This intimate and one of a kind experience is reserved for 8 lucky girls, 4 invitees and 4 that will be personally chosen by Lisa from a selection of online video entries.
This is ultimately a 2-day experience hosted by Roxy and the remote surf town of Tofino, BC. On Day 1, invitees and winners will spend the day surfing, with one-on-one coaching from Lisa and a second guest Roxy pro surfer. Technical video analysis, competition strategy surf conditioning and insight from one of the most successful female competitors in history makes this an unmatchable experience for girls and women in surfing. Day 2 will consist of the 'ol Canadian cold-weather-beach-barbeque open to the public along with the chance to freesurf with Lisa Andersen.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A SPOT AT CAMP - DAY 1
If you are a female surfer in Oregon, Washington or Canada (excluding Quebec), between the ages of 14-24, we invite you to upload a recent 30-second, or 3-wave, video to YouTube and email the link to >> ROXYCANADA@QUIKSILVER.COM <<
Submit Your Video Between These Dates!
COME TO THE BEACH - DAY 2
Day 2 will consist of a casual freesurf with Lisa Andersen, the Roxy Canada surfers and any other female surfer that would like to join us. The 'ol Canadian cold-weather-beach-barbeque will also be in order. Open to the public!
The Champ Camp is an unmatchable experience for girls and women, with surfing legend Lisa Andersen as their mentor, who seek to progress the sport of surfing through training and analysis.
|Small Pebbles: Surfrider Vancouver Island is raising money with the TLC to support a land purchase at Jordan River|
Small Pebbles: Surfrider Vancouver Island is raising money with the TLC to support a land purchase at Jordan River. We have a facebook page for auction items and donations at http://www.facebook.com/#!/SmallPebblesBigBeachFundraisingCampaign
|Nixon presents 'The Weird' surfshop contest||Tofino, Sept 19, 2012|
|9th annual Point Michaud Surf Classic||Aug 24 - 25, 2012|
St. Peters, L'ardoise and Point Michaud Beach on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Divisions Include: Surf board- Kids, Jr Girls, Jr Boys, Women, Men, Master, Long board, Short board, Open, Tandem and Surf Team Relay
Other- Skim and Body Board, Wind, Kite and Kayak Surf, Stand Up Paddle Board and Team Expression
Registration Fee is $10.
Event Sponsored by SANS, ECBC, DCBA and the Municipality of Richmond
|Vancouver Island SUP series||June to Sept 2012|
Victoria Cadboro Bay - June 9-10, 2012
Tofino Tin Wis Resort - July 14-15, 2012
Comox Waterman Festival - Aug 18-19, 2012
Parksville Beach Club Resort - Sept 29-30, 2012
Vancouver Island SUP series
This is the fourth year of Vancouver Island’s first Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series. This unique event features four stops around Vancouver Island, British Columbia: Victoria, Tofino, Comox and Parksville. The fun and fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is showcased at each location with off the beach sprint races, fun relays and long distance courses. The beach culture side of each event includes a BBQ, music, MC judging booth, demos for the public and information on new water sports products. The Surf SUP event team provides a fun and safe environment for all levels from first time SUPers to advanced riders. Come join us and make the Island Series part of your vacation plans! Lots more info at http://www.surf-sup.ca/
|Surfing and Traditions surf contest - La Push WA||July 14 2012|
|Victoria double Quiksilver Premiere 'Frozen Moments' + 'No Agenda'||Saturday June 23, 2012|
Victoria Premiere of "Frozen Moments" the 1st annual Canadian Surf shop video challenge featuring videos from Storm, Live to Surf, HTO & Kannon Beach.
Come down and show your support for the local surf community and VOTE FOR HtO!
~~~~~ AND ~~~~~
Quiksilver "No Agenda" Premier featuring everyone. From 1 foot slop to 40 foot chaos and groms to Kelly this video will have something for everyone.
|Tofino double Quiksilver Premiere 'Frozen Moments' + 'No Agenda'||Sunday June 24, 2012|
Quiksilver presents Tofino Premiere of "Frozen Moments" the 1st annual Canadian Surf shop Video Challenge featuring videos from Storm, Live to Surf, HTO & Kannon Beach.
Quiksilver "No Agenda" featuring everyone. From 1 foot slop to 40 foot chaos and groms to Kelly this video will have something for everyone
» day 1 - 19 photos by Kathryn Kilpatrick
» RESULTS POSTED
» go straight to http://ripcurlprotofino.com/
|Wickaninnish Sand Dunes closed due to risk of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances||Public info sessions May 15 - 16, 2012|
Wickaninnish Sand Dunes closed due to risk of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances
UCLUELET, May 8, 2012– To protect public safety, Parks Canada is temporarily closing the Wickaninnish Sand Dunes due to the possible presence of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances (UXO) dating back to World War II. The public is invited to learn more about the closures and UXOs by attending one of two public information sessions held by Parks Canada and the Department of National Defence. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30pm at the Tofino Ecolodge, Tofino Botanical Gardens and Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30pm at the Ucluelet Community Centre.
The sand dunes were used for training by the Canadian Forces during the 1940s and 1950s before the establishment of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The discovery of a UXO in February 2012 prompted the Department of National Defence to examine the sand dunes further. The Department of National Defence UXO and Legacy Sites Program has made preliminary recommendations to restrict access to the dune area as a precautionary measure until a more extensive examination can be made in the near future. Parks Canada Agency is working with the Department of National Defence to develop a strategy to address this potential hazard.
If a possible UXO is found, visitors are advised:
The rest of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, including Wickaninnish Beach, remains open.
|a new made-in Canada Surf Series from Vice and Red Bull|
Vice and Red Bull Present a new made-in Canada Surf Series,
TORONTO, ON (April 27, 2012) VICE Canada and Red Bull want to let you in on a little secret that a select few have always known, that when it comes to chasing waves, Canada's massive coastline actually rules. The only thing is, it takes a lot of dedication and determination.
Surfs Up Here is a new video series that follows Canadian pros on the East and West coasts as they show some Yankee friends the ropes, and dig into our biggest, best, and mostly untapped resource - the Canadian outdoors. With a little help from some seaplane and chopper pilots, we dive deep into remote areas as our surfers hunt down world-class waves in our own rugged and wild backyard.
With an immersive, driving, and dark original score written and performed by John Fraser Carpenter and Ben Koller (drummer of Converge), ride along with our frostbitten pros as they wax their boards, swing axes, and explore the remote and often hauntingly beautiful coastlines.
About this Video
|looks like the Government is backing off de-staffing our Lighthouses|
from Jim Abram Mar/16/2012
Government decides to stop reveiwng lighthouse de-staffing for good .
Government Response to the Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled: Seeing the Light: Report on Staffed Lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia
Dear Senator Manning,
|Drum Surfboard by Jarom Speers [2012 Pacific Rim Whale Festival Grand Prize]|
Appropriately named the "Whale Rider" this year's grand prize hollow wooden surfboard features a unique whale tail design on the deck and is equipped with a bonzer style quad fin setup. Light and fast this surfboard is 100% wood composition and rings in at a meagre 12lb total weight.
|The British Columbia Surfing Association (BCSA) is reorganizing||Wed, 29 Feb 2012|
This is a call to the last BCSA executive Board of Directors to step down. The association has been dormant for two years. A renewed interest has expressed a desire and need for the reorganization of the BCSA. This will include establishing a new board of directors with clear set responsibilities. It will also review the mission statement and bylaws in an effort to formalize the association to provincial government standards. The renewed association will develop programs and hold events under its mandate. The current training and coaching of the BC members of the Canadian Junior Surf Team (in preparation for the World Juniors in Panama, April 2012) will be considered such a program under the reorganization of the BCSA.
An active bank balance of $210.00 is sitting in the Tofino CIBC account and will be donated to the BC members of the Canadian Junior Surf Team.
Once the remaining members of the last Board of Directors have made notification, a meeting date and Tofino location will be announced. This meeting is expected to take place following Spring Break. To date, Stephen Mayor Acting President/Treasurer has graciously stepped down and sends his best wishes for success. As Secretary/Judging Manager I, Barbie Mayor have also stepped down but will remain the responsible party for the bank account until the establishment of a new board. It is my wish for the continuation of a transparent and democratic provincial governing body for the sport of surfing in British Columbia. The new interest group wish to thank the departing Board of Directors for their dedication to BC and Canadian surfing.
The remaining board members can announce their leave and further inquiries can also be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Help our Canadian Junior Surf Team get to the ISA World Juniors|
Help our Canadian Junior Surf Team get to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Playa Venao, Panama in April
The Canadian Junior Surf Team, youth from Canada under the age of 18, are hoping to compete in the DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Panama, April 14-22, 2012.
Kalum Temple, Jesse Clarkson, Colin Coulson, Marco Mignot, Lola Mignot, Micheal Darling, Simon Bauer
They need donations to help pay travel expenses and jube jubes, anything helps.
|Noah Cohen Signs Multi Year Deal with Rip Curl||Jan 10, 2012|
Noah Cohen Signs Multi Year Deal with Rip Curl Jan 10, 2012
International surfing company Rip Curl is thrilled to announce elite Canadian surfer Noah Cohen signed with the brand this week. Noah has entered into a multi-year deal with Rip Curl to kick off the New Year.
"Rip Curl has a momentum here in Canada that I am happy to join. The crew is great and I believe they are going to support me and help me to push my career further over the next few years." Noah added: "And the wetsuits are the best. To surf where we do, you need the best products you can get."
The 22-year-old Tofino native has been at the forefront of surf media coverage in Canada and is poised to become the next face to represent cold-water surfing around the world. Noah knows Rip Curl well having competed in all five of the annual Rip Curl Stew Surf Competitions, winning two of the five including the most recent in June of 2011.
Nick Russell, Rip Curl Canada’s General Manager, said Noah is a great fit for the brand.
"The Rip Curl brand has been built on technically superior and innovative products and having these tested and refined by world class athletes. The addition of Noah to our Global Surf Team provides us with a marquee Canadian surfer to drive our brand in this market. Noah is an incredibly talented and driven young surfer and we could not be happier to have part of the Rip Curl team," Russell said.
Noah rounds out Rip Curl Canada’s surf team that includes Canada’s top female surfer Leah Oke, and charging up and coming surf talents Jacob Albury, and Simon Bauer.
He also joins the ranks of Rip Curl International’s elite athletes, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Gabriel Medina, Taylor Knox and Dillon Perillo.
Rip Curl Canada’s Marketing Manager, Myrosha Daley, said Noah was a great addition to the program.
"I am very excited to add Noah to the team. His talent and attitude are second to none. I am looking forward to his activation as an athlete with the Rip Curl brand involving him closely with our US and International surf team initiatives."
Rip Curl - The Ultimate Surfing Company http://www.ripcurl.com/
|Sitka and Pacific Wild Release Online ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver|
Victoria, BC Canada Sitka and Pacific Wild, a non-profit conservation organization, are excited about the release of ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver. ‘Tipping Barrels’ is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it.
The main issue presented in the film is Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would pump crude oil from Alberta to Kitimat, on the North Coast of British Columbia. Here it would be loaded onto super tankers bound for markets in Asia and the U.S. Over 225 super tankers a year would transit the narrow waterways that make up the Great Bear Rainforest, putting one of the Earth’s most ecologically sensitive and intact ecosystems at risk of an oil spill.
The video accompanies other efforts by Sitka to bring awareness to the proposed pipeline, such as donating the profits from past clothing designs and an upcoming t-shirt designed with Stan Robinson to the efforts against the proposal. Sitka also recently held a fundraiser in their Victoria shop with photos by Ian McAllister, Thomas Peschak and Michael Reid displayed as part of a silent auction. There will be a similar event in Sitka’s Vancouver store soon.
Sitka and Pacific Wild stand together with First Nations groups and thousands of concerned citizens, in the effort to keep the Great Bear Rainforest oil tanker free. They invite everyone concerned about the future of B.C.’s coast to watch the film and help spread the word. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through Tides Canada at http://tidescanada.org/support/pacific-wild/.
|Sitka Welcomes Pete Devries to their Surf Team||Nov 30, 2011|
Pete and Sitka’s ‘Welcome to the Team’ video was filmed and edited by Adam Chilton in Tofino, BC.
Victoria, BC Canada – Sitka is proud to announce that Pete Devries will now be riding on Sitka Surfboards. Both Sitka and Pete are heavily rooted in surfing on Vancouver Island, making the partnership a natural move. Pete joins Sitka’s surf roster with the likes of Noah Cohen and Leah Oke. Pete also has a part in the upcoming Taylor Steele film, "Innersection" premiering worldwide Wednesday, November 30.
Sitka joins Pete’s sponsor roster of Hurley, Monster Energy, Reef, Storm Surf Shop, Clif Bar, Sobo Restaurant, Nixon and D Surf.
About Sitka Sitka was born from the West Coast of Canada where the mighty Sitka Spruce calls home. Like the Sitka Spruce gravitates to the ocean and flourishes, so too does the SITKA brand. They are a brand of like-minded individuals that are inspired by the ocean and it’s surrounding environment. SITKA collaborates with artists, surfers, skaters and all those that share the same passions to produce an active lifestyle brand that is true to their roots. The majority of their garments are produced with organic cottons and a selection are produced with bamboo as sustainability and fair-practice are two of the cornerstones of their business beliefs.
|Innersection World Premiere||Victoria Conference Centre - Nov 30, 2011|
Innersection World Premiere
Last year Local Tofino Surfer Peter Devries with the help of filmographer Jeremy Koreski, won a top 5 ranking in TAYLOR STEELE’s Surf movie INNERSECTION.
Competing against surfers from all over the world – INNERSECTION is a movie and competition all in one. The idea is to watch the movie and vote for the part you deem the best! The winner takes home $100,000!
Being the only Canadian to win a part in this fantastic surf film, HtO is doing their part to support Peter Devries’ effort to make his mark on the international surf scene. Come and take part in the WORLD PREMIERE on November 30th 2011 and show your support for Pete, Jeremy and our local surf community.
Surfrider Vancouver Island is hosting our 3rd Annual Paddle Out for Public Access this Sunday November 20th at Jordan River
|Freshest Wave - A Great Lakes Surf Event||Nov 19-27, 2011|
Freshest Wave - A Great Lakes Surf Event
|donations on behalf of Isaiah Oke's family collected at Salts Clothing in Victoria|
2000 Quiksilver/Roxy Summer Surf Jam
Isaiah Oke has sadly passed away this week. It has been a very tragic time for everyone in Renfrew and the family.
I am raising donations on behalf of the family to help out Isaiahs wife and kids as well as to cover the funeral expenses. Hopefully the monies raised will ease some of the burden on the family at this time.
If you feel it in your heart to contribute please drop off a donation at my store Salts Clothing at 561 Johnson street, Unit 105 in Victoria (beside Baggins Shoes down the Paperbox Arcarde Hallway).
If you are not in Victoria then you can send donations via paypal to JGraham@saltsorganic.com and mark it donation in the message box.
» A much-loved surfer rides his last wave. Isaiah Oke's ashes spread at Sombrio - theglobeandmail.com
It is also the place where the ashes of his father, his sister, and two brothers have been committed to nature in recent years."
|Surfrider Vancouver Island T-Shirt Design Competition||Closes Nov 01, 2011|
Got Design Chops? Feelin’ Artsy??
Surfrider Vancouver Island Chapter is looking for you to help design a t-shirt with meaningful, stylish design that folks will want to wear ... and that will help promote our Chapter! CONTEST CLOSES NOVEMBER 1, 2011 ... (You’ll want to make sure your design is completed soon so folks have time to vote!)
The concept could be something as simple as designing a cool looking image using the Surfrider Foundation logo, or could focus in on one of the specific things we do: BEACH CLEAN UPS, THE PADDLE OUT, SURFING, etc.
The design contenders will have their designs posted on Facebook and displayed for all to see and vote on. The winning design will be printed on stylish & organic t-shirts by the kind folks at Salts Organic Clothing and sold to our members, and anyone interested! Runners up will also be featured on stickers and future event posters!
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS ON OUR FACBOOK PAGE: ‘SURFRIDER VANCOUVER ISLAND’
|The Queen of the Peak all-female surf contest||Tofino, Oct 15-16, 2011|
The Queen of the Peak is returning for its second installment and has grown on the success of its inaugural year. The now two-day all-female surf contest is scheduled for Oct. 15-16 in Tofino, the surfing capital of Canada.
The late development of the surf scene in this area has meant a significant female presence of women in the water as they learned the sport alongside men. The organizers of Queen of the Peak thought it was time to recognize the talents of local women with their own contest.
Women from all over Vancouver Island will vie for over $2,500 in cash as well as prizes. The short board winner will receive $1,500 among other prizes. The long board winner will receive a new longboard (valued at $1000) as well as prizes.
The contest is set up to be female-friendly, with child care and dog sitting services on the beach for contestants. A massage tent staffed with Wickaninnish Inn Ancient Cedars spa staff will massage competitors after their heats. The Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild is serving food on the beach.
Included in entry fee for contestants is a wine and cheese Welcome Reception at Surf Sister and Awards Gala multi-course dinner at Shelter Restaurant. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Westcoast Community Resource Society.
Queen of the Peak is designed to be a good time at the beach for local female surfers, their partners and friends and families.
The organizers are hopeful the event will continue to grow in the years to come while attracting female surfing professionals to Western Canadian waters.
|SUP race - Victoria Harbour||Oct 16, 2011|
|3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session||Nov 1-5, 2011|
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - November 1-5th.
|Canadian Surf Film Festival||Halifax, Sept 29 - Oct 02, 2011|
|Float - a Ripcurl Movie Premiere||HtO Parking lot, Sept 21, 2011|
FLOAT - A RIPCURL Movie Premiere
|Restless Josie - Thursdays on CHEK TV||Starting September 15, 2011|
Restless Josie will air Thursday's at 8:30 on CHEK TV Starting September 15th.
The first episode focuses on Tofino and the Rip Curl Stew.
You are in Wolf & Cougar country
Parks Canada.pdf - printable brochure
PARKS CANADA INFORMATION BULLETIN
UCLUELET, September 7, 2011 Parks Canada is continuing the closuree on Kennedy Lake day use area until further notice as a result of the cougar attack on a visitor that occurred on August 29th. All other areas of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve remain open.
Parks Canada has removed equipment at the Kennedy Lake day use area that was in place to capture the cougar involved in the attack. The decision to remove the equipment was based on the elapsed length time since the attack occurred. Wildlife biologists believe that there is both a decreased chance of catching the target animal, and an increased risk of catching other animals at the site. The traps did not harm any wildlife during the period of use.
While monitoring efforts have confirmed bear activity at the site in recent days, no cougar activity has been observed. Staff will continue to monitor the Kennedy Lake day use area throughout the fall and winter in order to better understand wildlife activity in the area.
Parks Canada continues to ask the public to advise us on any wildlife sightings. Please call 1-877-852-3100 with any specific details regarding the time and location of the sighting and information about animal behaviour.
Parks Canada would like to remind the public of the following safety tips for visiting wilderness that is shared by cougars:
On first sight of a cougar:
|Stand Up Paddle Board Race - Gyro Park Cadboro Bay, Vic||Sept 04, 2011|
Vancouver Island SUP Series Race #5 Victoria - Gyro Park Cadboro Bay - Sept 04, 2011
The 2011 September Storm Surf Classic at Lawrencetown Beach
|Point Michaud Surf Classic||Aug 26-28, 2011|
|Canadian Waterman Festival||Aug 19-21, 2011|
Canadian Waterman Festival - Aug 19-21, 2011
|the Canadian premiere of Float||Van, Aug 18, 2011|
the Canadian premiere of Float, the new surf film from Rip Curl, screening next week during KNOW?SHOW in Vancouver. Float traces the Tip 2 Tip Project, Rip Curl's six-month boat trip that steamed from end to end of the Indonesian archipelago and found a mind-addling amount of perfect surf along the way. Directed by Andrew Buckley, the film stars Dean Brady, Dillon Perillo and Bruno Santos, with Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Taylor Knox and others making appearances as well. As the press release says, it's "one boat, six months, 13,000 islands and 25,000 Bintangs." lf you're in the Lower Mainland, we'd be stoked to see you at the London—it'll be a fun night for sure.
|Water's Edge Project Update||August 2011|
The Water’s Edge Project is back from Barra de la Cruz, Mexico. The project was well received in the community and we are all happy with the outcome. All main aspects of the project were successfully established and are now set-up for future development.
Surf Club Up And Running
Community and Beach Cleanup a Big Success
Recycling Unit Construction Near Completion
First Aid Stations In Place; Kits Being Distributed to Families and Schools
Documentary in the Works
|Epic Surf Co is Victoria's newest Surf and SUP Shop||opened July 2011|
Epic Surf Co is Victoria's newest Surf and SUP Shop, with old fashion customer service and quality products. Inside our gear bay you will find a wide assortment of everything Surf and SUP from paddles to planer's, pfd's to sun screen. Come check out the latest in Epic fashion! We are a authorized USblank dealer for the backyard builder to the seasoned professional, Epic Surf has all your shaping products.
Working in conjunction with one of Vancouver Island most respected shaper's, Jason Heinz gives Epic customers a lot of options with very affordable board prices and unbeatable craftsmanship. Owner Michelle Zeleschuck has plans to expand this business as sales of SUP's and Surfboards are heating up with surf season around the corner.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for: Groupon ads for rental gear, SUP demo days, Island Race Series, our Grand Opening and the Herald St Block Party where local filmmakers Purpose Pitch Productions will release "Shaping the Dream" featuring master shaper Jason Heinz.
| Allen Edwardson's Guinness World Record attempt
'longest time and distance surfed on a wave created by a boat'
|Shuswap Lake, August 9, 2011|
On August 9, 2011, Allen Edwardson, 32 years old, will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest time and distance surfed on a wave created by a boat. Barbie Mayor, Canadian and International Judge will officiate surfer Edwardson's world record attempt on Shuswap Lake, BC.
The record of 3 hours, 55 minutes and two seconds that Edwardson plans to smash is currently held by Panama's Gary Saavedra set earlier this year after traveling 41.3 miles on the Panama canal.
Allen Edwardson has surfed for 7 years lives and trains on the Shuswap. The owner/operator of North Shuswap Barge Adventures plans to set the world record just days before his birthday.
|HitchTofino.com for Drivers and Hitchers to carpool|
NEED A RIDE TO THE BEACH? Launch of New Vancouver Hitchiking Website is Making Summer Travel Easier on the Wallet. Visit www.hitchtofino.com for more insight. With the summer finally here Vancouverites can start planning for the long weekends and lazy days on the beach. One website is hoping to help as many locals get to the waves as possible. HitchTofino is an online meeting point for Drivers and Hitchers to carpool their way to the beaches so they can ‘Surf more, spend less’.
Launched as the sister site to HitchWhistler, the mountain carpool site started last year and already boasting over 1,200 members, HitchTofino is hoping to do the same for surfers as HitchWhistler has done for shredders.
This free site allows people to register as a Driver or a Hitcher, post trips and/or connect with others heading over to the Island. Drivers can specify how many petrodollars they want for the trip, the when and where and then wait for Hitcher’s to message them through the site. In the process everyone gets a top up of green karma as they reduce their carbon footprint and potentially make a new buddy with a shared love for surfing.
"When we launched HitchWhistler back in November 2010 we had no idea it would be so popular, we realised very quickly that people liked the concept and that there was a potential for building more rideshare communities based on a shared passion. The obvious next step was Tofino, to connect those looking to hit the waves this sumer with those heading to the beach.
We added other popular Island locations such as Victoria, Ucluelet and Nanamio for those on the Island looking for a cheaper way to get around." says site founder Flo Devellennes.
|Premiere:MY HOME OUR HOME video - LUZ art gallery||in Oak Bay - July 20, 2011|
surfers: Christian Moutinho, Mick Fanning, Shane Dorian, Leah Oke, Dane Reynolds, Keegan Varney, Alex Gray.
6 to 9 pm
Tickets are 15$ – includes a raffle ticket, movie and appies from la taquisa. sold at: Sitka, Coastline and HTO
All proceeds will be going to Waters Edge Project. The event will include a silent auction and raffle featuring products and gift certificates from local businesses as well as vacation rental packages to Ucluelet, BC. We will provide food(appetizers from Mexican restaurant LA TAQUISA) and drinks(Beer by donation) and present the project along with a short film, "My Home, Our Home" by Chris Hannant, about the location in Mexico. Proceeds from the event will help fund The Waters Edge Project in Barra de la Cruz, Mexico.
We will be raffling lots of prizes and some huge prizes are being donated for our silent auction.
The silent auction has a 40hour labour donated by Ainey construction and also a 3 night waterfront accomodation in Ukee. Bids can start online on the FB page(watersedgeproject)
We are accepting used or new surfboards to donate to the coastal community of Barra.
|The Rip Curl Stew: PhaseV 2011 - Cox Bay, Tofino, BC - June 11-12, 2011
» YouTube:The Stew Collection - the Tofino Groms Clip
» YouTube:Highlights clip of the Men's final from the Rip Curl Stew, Tofino BC - Video:RipCurl
» YouTube:Ben Murphy Ripcurl Stew 2011 - Video: SNMimages
» RESULTS POSTED
|the O’Neill CWC Canada cancelled for 2011|
"O’Neill regrets to announce the cancellation of the O’Neill CWC Canada for 2011. Extensive consultation and discussion with key event stakeholders, along with a short period to properly prepare for the event, has led to this decision. During preliminary planning it became clear a shorter than usual planning window jeopardized the success of a 2011 CWC in Nova Scotia.
After establishing the Cold Water Classic series and professional surfing the last two years in Tofino, British Columbia, O’Neill explored the idea of bringing the 2011 CWC to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The beautiful and unique location would serve as an exciting new chapter to the CWC series. O’Neill intends to review Nova Scotia as a possible CWC location for 2012.
O’Neill would like to thank the Halifax Regional Municipality, all local agencies, and the community for their support and input."
|Lambrecht surfboards 'build your own wooden surfboard clinics'||Pemberton BC July & Sept 2011|
Lambrecht surfboards is offering two build your own wooden surfboard clinics this summer in Pemberton BC . These clinics will allow you to build your own wooden surfboard from reclaimed wood. At the end of this clinic you will have a board ready to be glassed.
|Tall Tree Music Festival Launch Party [ Leah Oke to the WSG Fundraiser]||Rooftop Surf Club - April 30, 2011|
Leah Oke is heading to the world surfing games in Panama (along with a handful of other surfers) to represent Canada at the World Surfing Games in June-July.
The organizers of the Tall Tree Music Festival Launch Party have offered to donate all proceeds to help send Leah to the WSG!
|Surfrider invasive dune grass pull at Pacific Rim National Park||Apr 30-May 1, 2011|
Surfrider Vancouver Island is hosting a dune grass pull at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve the weekend of April 30/ May 1. We aim to remove invasive grasses from the dunes on Wickaninnish Beach. These grasses are effectively stabilising the once dynamic system supported by Wickaninnish Beach & we are losing one of the few coastal dune systems in British Columbia. Please come help us out. Free camping for the weekend at Greenpoint Campground, courtesy of Parks Canada. The dune grass pull will take place on Saturday, April 30 and the rest of the weekend is devoted to surfing & s'mores. Contact Hawley for more information at email@example.com.
|Tofino Policing Priorities||Spring - Summer - Fall, 2011|
Tofino Policing Priorities - Spring - Summer - Fall, 2011
In partnership with the District of Tofino Council, and with the support of the local First Nations communities, the Tofino RCMP is committed to maintaining public safety while fostering a healthy family orientated community. In order to meet these challenges two (2) policing priorities have been identified with the District of Tofino Council, and in consultation with the First Nations communities and local residents. The priorities are:
#1: Open Liquor and related offences: Unfortunately, the community of Tofino has suffered some significant losses, and in most, liquor abuse played a key factor, and
#2: Beach Fires after 11:00 PM: the multitude of beach fires create an environmental impact, and at times also serve as a drawing point for large and unruly gatherings.
Open Liquor: Section 40(1) Liquor Control and Licensing Act: "...a person must not, in a public place, consume liquor or possess liquor in an open container"
Beach Fires: Tofino Outdoor Burning Bylaw No. 1071: "Ensure that the fire does not burn between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM (Note: Fires are never permitted on Cox Bay or in Tonquin Beach and Park).
The Tofino RCMP will be strictly enforcing contraventions of the Liquor Act and Outdoor Burning Bylaw. In addition to the seizure of open liquor, and/or the extinguishment of a beach fire, individuals can also be fined $230.00 for open liquor, and fined $50.00 to $250.00 for fire violations.
The Tofino RCMP urge Tofino residents to set the example in regards to responsible alcohol use and possession and the lighting of beach fires. Tofino visitors are asked to respect the wishes of the Tofino residents and their neighbouring First Nations communities.
For more information please contact the Tofino RCMP at P 250-725-3242 or visit us at 400 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC.
April 16, 2011
Re: Tofino RCMP addressing Community Policing Priorities
On April 15, 2011, between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM Tofino RCMP patrolled Tonquin Beach Park and the Light House Trail, Tofino, BC. Police located at Tonquin Beach a small group around a beach fire with open liquor. The fire was extinguished, and an adult male was charged with Possession of Open Liquor (LCLA 40(1) $230.00 fine). All remaining liquor was destroyed on site.
A subsequent patrol of the Light House Trail located two young adult males smoking, and in possession of, marijuana and open liquor. They were arrested and transferred to the Tofino RCMP Detachment. They were subsequently released and are required to attend Tofino Provincial Court this summer to answer to an allegation of possession of marijuana (Section 4(1) CDSA). As a condition of their release both individuals were banned from ALL Tofino Parks. An exception was made for one of the adults to enter upon the Tuff City Skate Park, and Village Green, at specified periods which will be closely monitored by RCMP.
The above policing actions were in support of the Tofino RCMP Policing Priorities as established with the Mayor and Council of the District of Tofino, and as discussed in the March 10, 2011, Tofino RCMP Town Hall Meeting. The two priorities are Open Liquor (and alcohol related offences) and Beach Fires after 11:00 PM. The Tofino RCMP's goal is to work with the community and agencies to continue to foster a safe and friendly community environment by preventing the abuse of alcohol, and the gathering of persons at beach fires, which can lead to community and policing concerns.
Residents and visitors are reminded that Beach Fires are not permitted after 11 PM, and at no time on Cox Bay or in Tonquin Beach Park.
For more information, or inquiries, please visit the Tofino RCMP Detachment situated at 400 Campbell St., Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 P 250-725-3242
|North Chesterman Access Improvements [washroom, change room, showers]||begin Feb 28th, 2011|
TOFINO, BC, 2011-February-24 – North Chesterman Access Improvements
Construction for the North Chesterman – Lynn Road Improvement Project will begin on Monday, February 28th, 2011, and is expected to be completed by Friday, April 8th, 2011. During this period, the North Chesterman parking lot and the associated beach access will be closed.
Beach users may use any of the other five beach accesses along Lynn Road and Chesterman Beach Road. Beach users are encouraged to use the South Chesterman parking lot. Temporary parking is also available along the west side of Howard Drive and the north side of Osprey Lane.
The project comprises the following:
Please attend and let your voice be heard that Staffed Lightstations are Essential for the Pacific North Coast management area
Have a say in the future of your coastThe Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Initiative is holding sub-regional advisory forums in 6 locations across the region on February 28 – March 11, 2011. These are the first of a series of forums to be held over the next 2 years. This is an opportunity for local community members to learn about the initiative and have a say in the future of the coast.
The meetings will take place in:
*Meeting will be rescheduled to March 14 in the case of inclement weather.
All meeting will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Meeting agenda and materials will be posted shortly.
Please join us. Please help spread the word.If you can’t attend one of the meetings in person, tune in to our on-line webcast, right here on www.pncima.org on Wednesday March 9 at 6:00 pm.
Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Chapter Presents
the new film by Taylor Steele 'Innersection' Free
Thursday Feb 24, 7:00PM
Nevermind Restaurant 3292 W 4th Ave Vancouver
There's 2 weeks left for voting and Pete and Jeremy are in the top 5....and it's VERY close! Vote for Peter Devries at http://innersection.tv/news/222. You need a vote code, which is found in the DVD, you go to the "winners" section to vote. We will have DVD's available at the screening, and most surf shops carry them.
|Switchblade Surfboards opens in Vancouver|
Talk to your local Shaper
Newly formed custom surfboard company Switchblade Surfboards, allows Vancouverites to do just that.
Switchblade Surfboards, is owned and operated by Chris Worgan and Ryan Lillies. We’re providing surfers with hand crafted, made-to-order decks including custom artwork and ding repair service. While still relatively new to the scene, we are dedicated to being part of an important group of next generation hand shapers. Listening to the surfer while involving them is a fun part of the whole board making process. Everything from overall shape and foam volume, to glass weight and fin set up can be disused in order to get the perfect board. It’s important to know what the surfer is looking for in a board, and it’s also important to know where that board is coming from. Wherever you live, talk to your local shaper. If you happen to live in Vancouver, you can contact Chris and Ryan at Switchblade: 604-842-7869, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or view our work online at www.switchbladesurfboards.ca
Senators praised for decision on staffing of lightstations
Quadra Island: The Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has made their report public into the issue of staffing of lightstations and has made some very strong recommentdations to the Conservative government. It will now be up to the Minister and the Cabinet to implement those recommendations. The announcement was made at a press conference in Ottawa at 1:00 pm (EST) Dec/21/2010.
Jim Abram, a director for a large portion of the coast represented by the Strathcona Regional District and leader of the fight to keep staff since 1985, was extremely pleased with the recommendations but cautiously optimistic about the final decision yet to be made by Minister Gail Shea. "I have been dealing with this issue for far too many years and it just keeps coming back to the public to fight all over again", he said. "The Conservative government has supported staff on lightstations since they were in Opposition in 2003 and right through to the present day, yet senior managers in the Canadian Coast Guard continue to bring this misguided program before Ministers for implementation. This government needs to put this issue to rest by affirming its support for staffing of lightstations and inform the Coast Guard that they do not want to see it come up again."
Alice Woods, acting President for the BC Lightkeepers Local of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, said, "I was confident that the Senators would come back with positive recommendations based on the overwhelming support from the users of the safety services offered by staffed lightstations. Every time the Coast Guard attempts to take staff off of stations, the users come out in droves to tell them that the services are essential to the safety and the economy of our province and our country."
The recommendations will now be submitted to Minister Shea for consideration and for a final decision on the matter… etc….
"We trust that the Minister will do the right thing and listen to the users of the services", Abram concluded.
Jim Abram & Alice Woods
|HtO hosts "MELALI, The Drifter Sessions" then Taylor Steel’s "Innersection"||Nov 27, 2010|
Surfers and filmers from all around the world competed to win a part in the Innersection movie. None of which are more highly anticipated on the Canadian Surf Scene then the Pete Devries section directed by the talented Jeremy Koreski. Being featured with the likes of 24 other world-class surfers like the sections of Ry Craike, Joel Parkinson and Kelly Slater, puts Canada on the World Stage.
But the competition doesn’t stop here for Pete and Jeremy. They need your support at this movie premiere and in the next round of voting in order to win the best section in Innersection. Details:
|Ambulance Service Memorial for Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka||Tofino, Nov 6, 2010|
Memorial Service for Jo-Ann Fuller and Ivan Polivka
On Saturday, November 6, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., the BC Ambulance Service will be holding a Memorial Service for our colleague’s Paramedic Chief Jo-Anne Fuller and Paramedic Ivan Polivka that were tragically killed in the Line of Duty on October 19, 2010.
read more at AmbulanceServiceMemorial.pdf
RIKA at SITKA
The most recent collection by Rika in association with Sitka Surfboards and the Surfrider Foundation.
RIKA is a local artist focused on the ocean surrounding the land he most loves; the Pacific Northwest Coast. His highly stylized and bold ink work, finds influence in the Indigenous styles of both Canada and New Zealand. He uses broad sweeping lines to express the oceans power and movement. Highly detailed curves and gold leaf adorn the surfaces, and relies on the natural tendencies of watercolors to create the moody stormy skies most often seen in these seas. His locations are beaches and breaks found mainly on Vancouver Island and favored by surfers for their waves as well as places of special importance to his own self.
Rika hopes that his art will give these areas further value and appreciation and be a contributor in keeping them wild, free and protected.
New to this showing will be a series of silkscreen poster work by the artist and Sage.
|2nd annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session||Nov 12-14, 2010|
Join us for the 2nd annual Expression Session on the waves of beautiful Haida Gwaii.
|North Chesterman Access Improvements - washroom, change room, showers||begins October 2010|
TOFINO, BC, 2010-September-24 – North Chesterman Access Improvements
The District of Tofino will begin work on the North Chesterman – Lynn Road Improvement Project in mid-October, after the Cold Water Classic Surf Competition. The project comprises the following:
Arrangements are being made to accommodate parking needs for the 2010-2011 winter surf and storm watching season while construction takes place. This project will be completed before the beginning of the 2011 high season.
"Residents, businesses, as well as visitors have been requesting improvements to this beach access for a long time now," said Mayor John Fraser, "the primary concerns have been the availability of washrooms, garbage and recycling receptacles, and, more importantly, safe access for pedestrians and cyclists. We decided to concentrate on those issues, and are very happy that we have been able secure grant funding for a project that fulfills the expressed needs of the community."
"The traffic safety improvements in this project will improve public safety and make environmentally sound modes of transportation, such as public transit and cycling, a more attractive option," said Braden Smith, CAO.
The North Chesterman – Lynn Road Improvement Project is funded by a Towns for Tomorrow grant.
|Queen of the Peak:all female surf comp||Chestermans or Cox, Tofino, Oct 08, 2010|
women's surf contest - the day before the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in Tofino.
The 'Queen of the Peak' is an all female surf comp proudly sponsored by O'Neill, the Wickaninnish Inn, Surf Sister and Shelter.
As many of you are aware, the West Coast is home to a large population of talented female surfers and we have created this event to showcase and celebrate that talent.
The event takes place on Friday Oct 8th and the location will either be Chestermans or Cox, depending on Mother Nature.
The event is open to women of all ages and there is over $2500 in cash prizes. Entry fees are $35 for shortboard or longboard divisions or $45 for both. Entry fees include a free 4 course awards dinner gala at Shelter. Pre-registration is a must as contest space is limited as it is a one day event. To pre-register call Surf Sister 250-725-4456 or stop by.
Babysitting and Dogsitting services will be available at the beach during the contest.
On Thursday Oct 7th, participants and media are welcomed to attend a free wine and cheese event held at Surf Sister from 7pm-9pm where participants can recieve participation packs, sign waivers, review contest rules and get heat times.
If anyone is interested in donating to the event we would be happy to accept. For more info you can check out the contest website at www.queenofthepeak.com or email or call Krissy at email@example.com or 250-725-4456
O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2010 Series returns to Vancouver Island October 9 - 15, 2010
|Billabong September Storm Surf Classic|| Halifax NS - |
postponed until Sept 18, 2010
The 2010 Billabong September Storm Surf Classic contest will take place September 4-6, 2010. If conditions are not suitable, the event will be postponed until the following weekend. Here are the following categories for the contest:
Registration: Open from Aug. 1-Aug. 14, 2010. You can register and any of the below surf shops:
|Julian Wilson Movie 'Scratching the Surface' Premieres||Sept 10-12, 2010|
|OceanGybe Update: August 2010|
OceanGybe Update: August 2010
VICTORIA: In the summer of 2007 three UVic grads began their dream of a three-year circumnavigation of the globe with an aim of raising awareness about plastic pollution in the oceans. It’s been a voyage of exploration, research, education, and epic surfing. Their dream to circumnavigate the globe to document the state of the oceans and beaches they visit, while searching out all the best waves has become reality.
On Monday, July 18th the OceanGybe Expedition will but throwing off dock lines and heading out to The Great Pacific vortex of plastic, and finally home to British Columbia, a blue water journey of approximately 5 000km. In conjunction with the Algulita Foundation, the crew will be performing surface manta trawls, visual observations, and underwater photography/film of the Eastern Garbage Patch. All samples taken and the data recorded will be used by the Algulita Foundation, The 5 Gyres Project researchers, Scripps Institute of Oceanography students and the Surfrider Foundation to update current models detailing the extent of the plastic scourge in this portion of the gyre.
This portion of the expedition will be documented by Victoria filmmaker Arwen Hunter of Gamut Productions, who is producing a web series and documentary of the entire expedition in collaboration with Oak Bay Johnny Productions. The webisode series will be launching along with a fresh new website August 1st.
Over the past 6 months, the OceanGybe Expedition has sailed the pacific coast from the Panama Canal to San Diego, meeting with NGO’s (The Surfrider Foundation, Coastkeeper, Paso Pacifico, Terra Nosta, AGI Surf), giving their presentation on ocean pollution to over 1100 students and were the "stars" of a three-part investigative documentary aired on National Costa Rican television.
For more details about the OceanGybe Expedition, our garbage research or collaboration ideas, please contact us or visitwww.oceangybe.com for more information.
View the trailer online at www.youtube.com/oceangybe
OceanGybe is a global sailing expedition to explore the remote coastlines of the world, in search of
garbage, adventure and ocean waves. We aspire to bring awareness to the vast tracts of undocumented
ocean pollution that afflicts these coastlines and affects the peoples who depend on them for survival. It
is an expedition to promote change. Change in both the direction of this great planet, towards a more
sustainable and aware future, but also in ourselves.
|Round The Rock - Stand Up Paddle Race||Mercer Island, WA - Sep 12, 2009|
|O’Neill Cold Water Classic 2010 Series returns to Vancouver Island October 9 - 15, 2010|
NELSCOTT REEF JOINS BIG WAVE WORLD TOUR
2010 Nelscott Reef Contest shifts to paddle in
LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, April 16, 2010, Behemoth, LLC is proud to announce that the 2010 contest will be a paddle in event and will be part of the Big Wave World Tour. After 5 years of operating as a Tow In focused event, the contest will now become a paddle in big wave surfing event. The Big Wave World Tour will include Nelscott Reef as one of its stops for the 2010 season.
The Big Wave World Tour is the brainchild of legendary big wave surfer, Gary Linden of Oceanside, California. After 20 years of being Contest Director and Organizer of big wave events all over the world, Gary’s company, Rogue Wave Events, has formed the world’s first big wave tour, with events in Chile, Peru, Mexico, and California. 2010 will be the second season for the tour, which will grow from 4 events to 5, including Nelscott Reef.
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic was started as a Tow In surfing contest in 2005. For the first three years the event operated as a tow in only contest and in 2008 added a paddle in heat as a test to see if the pros could paddle Nelscott. Everyone caught waves and agreed Nelscott was a great paddle in venue. In response to the demand to paddle, the organizers added a second heat the following year. The Paddle In event in 2009 proved to be the most popular, with the pros and fans alike prompting the expansion of the Paddle In to a full 24 man, 7 heat event for the 2010 contest.
"This was a natural progression for us", said John Forse, event founder and Nelscott Pioneer. "I was so stoked that for the second year in a row all the pros were more excited about the challenge of paddling into huge waves than towing in. This year we listened and changed the format to accommodate them".
Having run every year since the first contest in 2005, the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is now the longest continuously running big wave event in the World. While other big wave events have stopped and started due to lack of contestable surf, adequate purse or organizational problems, Nelscott Reef organizers have managed to provide the perfect venue and overcome budget shortfalls every year to become the most consistent big wave contest in the world.
The Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic is honored and proud be a part of the Big Wave World Tour and promote big wave surfing internationally. For more info go to www.roguewaveevents.com and www.nelscottreef.com.
|2010 Canadian & PNW Surf Comps|
» Clean Water Classic - Westport, Washington - May 14-16, 2010
» Rip Curl Stew - Tofino - June 05-06, 2010
» SUP weekend on Kalamalka Lake - June 19-20, 2010
» Christian Surfers of Oregon 6th annual either Road's End, Nelscott, Gleneden Beach or Otter Rock - TBA June
» 6th annual Point Michaud Surf Classic, Cape Breton Island - TBAAugust 29-30, 2009
» Billabong September Storm Surf Classic:Halifax NS -
» Round The Rock - Stand Up Paddle Race - Mercer Island, WA - Sept 12, 2010
» O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series 6-Star WQS event returns to Vancouver Island October 9 - 15, 2010
» 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, OR - Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2010
» Volcom Stone's Beaverfish surf Series - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino - Nov - TBA <
|screening of Taylor Steele's new film "Castles in the Sky"||Vancouver, June 29, 2010|
The Surfrider Foundation and Sitka Surfboards are hosting a screening of Taylor Steele's new film "Castles in the Sky" on June 29 at Fifth Ave. Theaters in Vancouver.
Tickets are $10 or $5 if you are a Surfrider member and can be purchased at Sitka Surfboards in Vancouver.
|Highway 4 road closures||June 22-25, 2010|
|premier of 180° South @ HtO||June 13, 2010|
HtO is excited to announce that on Sunday June 13th we are co presenting a Canadian video premier of Patagonia newest surfing, sailing, climbing, hiking and adventure movie, 180° South. http://www.180south.com/trailer.html
Here is a break down of the night:
All profits go to Surfriders Foundation. http://www.surfrider.org/
|Cox Bay Solar Shower grand opening||Saturday May 29, 2010|
Cox Bay Solar Shower grand opening - May 29, 2010
|The Rip Curl Stew: 4Play Edition - Cox Bay, Tofino, BC, June 05-06, 2010
» Stew will be the Official Trials for the Upcoming O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Oct 8-15
Senate Committee to do the review of lightstations. Help keep them staffed
You no doubt remember the renewed attempt to extinguish lightstation services last September. Due to your efforts, Fisheries Minister Gail Shea was forced to state that there would be a 'review' of the services before any destaffing took place.
Things are ramping up somewhat. CCG has asked the Senate Standing Committee for Fisheries and Oceans to do the review of lightstations and they have accepted. We can send you transcripts of the meetings so far if you wish. There is talk of the committee traveling out here and to Newfoundland and Labrador but that might not happen. If you wish to retain the services that you use and want from Lightstations, a submission to the committee would be wise.
Join with your fellow mariners and aviators and support each other to retain these safety services for the whole. Ask that you be allowed to have input in the review on Lightstation Services by the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Submissions should be sent at the committee’s mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make democracy work for you. Any submissions sent to Committee should also be sent to your MP, MLA or any other representative and myself, if you feel that it is appropriate, to make sure that your voice is heard.
We are in the process of setting up a new website for the public to gather information regarding this, and for user groups to be able to support and contact each other to ensure that their needs are met. http://www.canadianlightkeepers.org/
Do your part and fill out LightstationPetition.pdf
|9th Annual Clean Water Classic - May 14-16, 2010 - Westport, WA
» results posted
SUP weekend on Kalamalka Lake - June 19-20, 2010
(February 11, 2010) - The colourful, warm waters of Kalamalka Lake between Vernon and Oyama, BC will be home to the first major SUP race in Canada – The Kalamalka Classic. It’s a 3-event SUP race at one of Canada’s prime flatwater Stand Up Paddling locations and the organizers have partnered with Gatzke’s Farm Market to provide great food, hammock hangout, bocce’ and accommodations.
Overview of the Event:
Location: Kalamalka Lake – Vernon & Oyama, BC (3.5 hrs from Vancouver, 4.5 hrs from Seattle)
Organizer: Kalavida Sports Ltd. / Kalavida Surf Shop, Vernon BC
Host: Gatzke’s Farm Market/Kalavida Sports Ltd.
Sponsors: To be announced
Nearest Int’l Airport: YLW Kelowna (20 mins)
Nearest Major Int’ Airport: YVR Vancouver
Event Fees and Registration: To be announced
Classes and Age Groups: To be announced
Accommodations at Gatzke’s:
Tofino Emergency Preparedness Week – May 3rd to 9th 2010
The District of Tofino is pleased to announce the following initiatives for Emergency Preparedness Week:
May 3rd to 9th – Emergency Preparedness Display
An information display at the Co-op Grocery Store will feature information on: local hazards, why and how to prepare for emergencies, and the role of emergency social services. The public will have an opportunity to pick up guides for assembling their own survival kits, as well as to order preassembled 3-day survival kits from the Co-op Hardware Store.
May 4th, 7:30 PM – Movie Night
CBC Documentary film, Shock Wave, will be shown in the Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre. This documentary, photographed in high-definition and with state of the art computer animation, takes you behind the scenes as scientists apply what they've learned from Sumatra to create new disaster survival plans for western North America. Admission is free and door prizes are available.
May 6th, 7:30PM – Emergency Social Services Information Session
Existing Emergency Social Services volunteers, those interested in getting involved, as well as the generally curious are invited to attend an information session in the Council Chambers. This will be an opportunity to update contact information and procedures, determine training needs, refocus priorities, and most importantly, reconnect with friends and neighbours and welcome new volunteers.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION STATEMENT FROM THE DISTRCT OF TOFINO ADVISORY #2
Tofino is currently under a TSUNAMI ADVISORY, meaning that there is a possibility of strong localized currents. No significant flooding is expected, but low-laying coastal areas and beaches are at risk of experiencing strong currents and/or a tidal surge.
Arrival for Tofino is predicted for 15:15 PST (3:15 PST) with a tidal surge of 0.5 m (1.6 ft).
It is estimated that this event will occur during middle tide (11:18 am was 12.5m high tide, 5:55 pm is 1.3 low tide).
The District of Tofino is requesting that all persons should move out of the water, off the beach and out of the harbours and marinas from 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm.
Earlier today a large earthquake magnitude 8.8 has occurred off the coast of Chile, South America.
EFFECTIVE 7:00 AM PST, the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre has upgraded British Columbia to a TSUNAMI ADVISORY LEVEL. The Tsunami Advisory includes all of coastal British Columbia, including Tofino and the surrounding communities.
The District of Tofino will issue updated information as it becomes available. This information and updates will be posted on the District’s website at www.tofino.ca and broadcasted on the local radio station at CHMZ 90.1 FM
This statement is issued at 12:45 pm PST.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION STATEMENT FROM THE DISTIRCT OF TOFINO #1
A large earthquake magnitude 8.8 has occurred off the coast of Chile, South America.
EFFECTIVE 7:00 AM PST, the West Coast Alaksa Tsuanmi Warning Centre has upgraded British Columia to a TSUMANI ADVISORY LEVEL. The Tsumani Advisory includes all of coastal British Columbia, including Tofino and the surrounding communities.
TSUNAMI ADVISORY means that there is a possibility of strong localized currents. No significant flooding is expected, but low-laying coastal areas and beaches are at risk of experiencing strong currents and/or a tidal surge.
This event is predicted to start at approximately 15:00 PST (3:00 PST) at the southern BC coastline.
Persons should move out of the water, off the beach and out of the harbours and marinas from the arrival time and up to 2 hours afterwards.
The District of Tofino will issue updated information as it becomes available. This information and updates will be posted on the District’s website at www.tofino.ca and broadcasted on the local radio station at CHMZ 90.1 FM
This statement is issued at 8:30 am PST Feb/27/2010.
TOFINO - Police are recommending assault charges to Crown Counsel following an argument between two surfers last week at Cox Bay. Tofino RCMP say the disagreement started when a female surfer cut a male surfer off during a surf session. The fight continued onto the beach and that's when police say the assault happened.
Staff at local surf shop Long Beach Surf Shop said incidents like this are very rare in the small resort community. Tofino is widely regarded as a great destination for beginner surfers because the waves are relatively easy to catch, and the people are friendly.
Tofino RCMP Constable Jordan MacKellar says the man has been released and the police investigation continues.
» The guy who was involved was from Texas originally - stabmag.com
» A local man has been charged with assault after a surfing disagreement Feb. 3 at Cox Bay. - Westerly News - Feb 8, 2010
» riversurfing film festival - Spring 2010 - riversurfing.ca
Raph Bruhwiler carries the Olympic torch in Tofino, Nov 01, 2009 - Photos:Donna Jay
|O'Neill Cold Water Classic Canada - Oct 25-31, 2009|
2008 announcement | pre comp press | aerial photos | day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | finals | freesurfing | local photos | DeWolfe's photos | Deringer's photos
|Dune restoration at Wickaninnish|
Dune restoration at Wickaninnish
I'm working on a project with Parks Canada in Pac Rim that involves restoring the sand dune system on Wickaninnish beach. There's invasive beach grasses (European and American Beach Grass) and they are stabilizing the dunes. This is strangling out some blue- and red-listed species that thrive on open sand faces to survive, so what we are doing is bringing in a backhoe to remove the grasses and (hopefully!) re-activate the dune system. There's a parks interpreter for passers-by and lots of info for anyone who wants it!
Hopefully this works, it's a five year project and (barring any government issues) should put a pretty significant dent in the invasives. Speaking of sunshine, other than one morning of fog (and glass.... was a sweet dawn patrol) it was sunny the whole time we were up there.
|We're losing the weather information that lightkeepers provide on the BC coast|
OPEN LETTER TO CANADIAN CITIZENS FROM LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
Once again, government bureaucrats are attempting to remove the services of Lightkeepers from the Canadian people. They are working quickly to implement a plan to de-staff the remaining 27staffed lightstations on the west coast and the remaining 9 on the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Assistant Commissioner of Coast Guard, by continuing to refer to these stations as ‘automated’, is attempting to lead the public to believe that the stations being de-staffed are automated already and that it is only a matter of removing the Lightkeepers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Lightkeepers have been key players in public safety for over a century and their efforts continue to be held in high regard by the Marine and Aviation communities on both coasts. This is not romanticism. It reflects reality. The services that the Keepers perform are professional and extensive and there simply is no reliable way, even in this day, to replace them with automated equipment.
Their weather observations have a positive impact in both the prevention of incidents and the success of rescue efforts when incidents occur. They help in the accuracy of forecasting and assist the timely flow of goods and passengers along the waterways of both coasts. There have been numerous attempts to duplicate these observations by a variety of equipment and all have fallen miserably short.
Lightkeepers continue to assist in Search and Rescue, provide sanctuary, act as first aid outposts, relay warnings and distress calls, liaise with RCMP, Fisheries, Pollution Control and other government agencies, and we help to ensure Canada’s sovereignty and security by establishing a strong federal presence on our coastlines. Our work is not limited to this list. We protect and maintain these, your public assets, the gems of your coasts, the Lighthouses.
Our concern is not for our jobs. It is for the continuation of the service that Canadians want, expect, and deserve to have. Call and write your representatives.
The on line petition is at http://www.petitiononline.com/Lights1/petition.html
Light Station reports: - weatheroffice.pyr.ec.gc.ca
Lighthouses of British Columbia map - fogwhistle.ca
|Round The Rock - Stand Up Paddle Race||Mercer Island, WA - Sep. 27, 2009|
Pete Devries Discusses Canadian Surf, O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino, & Surfline Galleries on Board Talk
Pete Devries, arguably Canada's top surfer and a local favorite to win the the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino, joined Board Talk host Cyrus Saatsaz to talk about being featured in a Surfline gallery, his status as Canada's top surfer, plus provided an in-depth look at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino, the first ASP contest ever held in Canada.
Devries who is sponsored by Hurley and is a local surfing legend in Tofino and Ucluelet, provided an in-depth look of the fourth stop of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series, which is being held in late October.
Part 1 of both the podcast and audio of the interview is available here: theextremescene.com/ pete-devries-part-1
Part 2 here: theextremescene.com/ pete-devries-part-2
Board Talk is a special summer radio series, hosted by Cyrus Saatsaz of The Extreme Scene. Board Talk airs every Saturday at Noon on 99.5 FM Long Beach Radio Ucluelet.
Raph Bruhwiler Discusses Canadian Surf & O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino on Board Talk
Raph Bruhwiler, considered one of Canada's top surfers and a local favorite to win a wildcard entry for the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino, joined Board Talk host Cyrus Saatsaz to discuss the progress of Canadian surfers, plus provided an in-depth look at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Tofino, the first ASP contest ever held in Canada.
Bruhwiler is a local legend in Tofino and Ucluelet, and gave the most insightful preview to date on how the fourth stop of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series will look. Podcast and audio of the interview is available here: http://www.theextremescene.com/audio/july-18th-2009-raph-bruhwiler
Board Talk is a special summer radio series, hosted by Cyrus Saatsaz of The Extreme Scene. Board Talk airs every Saturday at Noon on 99.5 FM Long Beach Radio Ucluelet.
|2009 Canadian & PNW Surf Comps|
» Clean Water Classic - Westport, Washington - May 15 - 17, 2009
» Rip Curl Stew - Tofino - May 23-24, 2009
» 4th Annual O’Neill Braggers Cup [shop comp] - TBA
» East Coast Braggers Cup - Lawrencetown Nova Scotia [shop comp] - TBA
» Christian Surfers of Oregon 6th annual either Road's End, Nelscott, Gleneden Beach or Otter Rock - June 27-28, 2009
» Surfingand Traditions - La Push - July - TBA
» 6th annual Point Michaud Surf Classic, Cape Breton Island - August 29-30, 2009
» 6th Annual Gathering & LongBoard competition - Newport, Oregon September 12 - 13, 2009
» Round The Rock - Stand Up Paddle Race - Mercer Island, WA - Sep. 27, 2009
» O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series 6-Star WQS event - Tofino-Ukee peninsula Oct - Nov, 2009
» Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, OR - Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2009
» Volcom Stone's Beaverfish surf Series - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino - Nov - TBA
» 2009 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships - Ecuador March 28 - April 05, 2009
| Vancouver premiere for Dear and Yonder
+Girls skateboard event at Strathcona
|Antisocial - Aug 6, 2009|
ROXY ANNOUNCES VANCOUVER DATE FOR TIFFANY CAMPBELL AND ANDRIA LESSLER’S DEAR AND YONDER
Groundbreaking Surf Film Features Daring Stories of Women United By The Sea
Vancouver, BC – (July 17, 2009) – Roxy is pleased to announce the Vancouver premiere for Dear and Yonder, the groundbreaking feature film by noted surf filmmakers Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler for summer 2009. Documenting the most progressive surfing of today, Dear and Yonder follows top professionals including Roxy team riders Sally Fitzgibbons, Sofia Mulanovich and Kassia Meador, as they surf their home breaks (Dear) and travel the world (Yonder). In addition to chronicling today’s surfers, Dear and Yonder spreads its roots deeper and cultivates a sense of place and knowledge of history, reaching back in time to unearth footage of iconic surfers such as Linda Benson, Rell Sunn and Lisa Andersen.
Shot by surf cinematographers Thomas Campbell, Sonny Miller, Scott Soens, Dave Homcy and Tiffany Campbell. the film captures the authenticity of each surfer’s experience through imagery, music and art that reflect the vision of the project. Filmmakers Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler tie these carefully crafted pieces together to tell a story that demonstrates the inner spirit of the female surfer. Dear and Yonder pays homage to the most avant-garde female surfers of the past forty years, some who have enjoyed the limelight and others that have only existed in quiet pockets, but have pushed the boundaries and changed the face of the sport in their own way.
A GIRLS SKATEBOARD EVENT at STRATHCONA SKATEBOARD PARK 12-3 ish
The Corporation of the District of Tofino
July 10, 2009
TOFINO, BC, July 10, 2009 – Idle-free Zone
During the Regular Council Meeting held on June 9th 2009, the Council of the District of Tofino adopted the District of Tofino Anti-Idling Bylaw No. 1087, 2009. This bylaw prohibits the idling of vehicles within the boundaries of the District of Tofino.
Excessive idling wastes an enormous amount of fuel and money and generates needless greenhouse gas emissions, which are detrimental to the environment. By turning off your engine when you park, you can save fuel, money and contribute to a healthier environment.
The District of Tofino is encouraging all residents to turn off their engines while stopped for more than 60 seconds, as even ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. Except under prescribed circumstances, vehicles idling for three minutes or longer will be subject to bylaw violation fines. The District is also encouraging businesses to display the enclosed anti-idling posters, signs, and information sheets at their place of business to promote awareness among visitors to Tofino.
“Turn your car off,” stated Mayor John Fraser, “it’s an easy thing to do to make a big difference in our air quality today and for future generations.”
For more information on this or any other District of Tofino initiatives, please contact the District Office at (250) 725-3229 during regular business hours or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Corporation of the District of Tofino
July 9, 2009
TOFINO, BC, July 9, 2009 – Changes to the Municipal Ticketing Information System Bylaw In a Special Council Meeting held on July 2nd, 2009, the Council of the District of Tofino adopted the Municipal Ticketing Information System Amendment Bylaw No. 1094, 2009. Among other changes, this bylaw amendment introduces a significant reduction in bylaw violation fines for those who voluntarily pay fines within seven business days of the date of issuance of the violation tickets.
Fines for parking related offenses currently ranging from $50 to $100 per offense are reduced to $10 per offense if the ticket is paid within 7 business days of the date of issuance. Fines for violation of all other bylaws as set out in the Municipal Ticketing Information System are reduced by 50% if the ticket is paid within 7 business days of the date of issuance.
This reduction of fines is being instituted as part of an effort to encourage voluntary compliance. “Fines exist for the purpose of deterring violations and are not primarily meant to be punitive;” stated Mayor John Fraser, “we are constantly striving to better negotiate the fine balance between the preservation of orderly society and the special needs of a tourist economy.”
For more information on this or any other District of Tofino initiatives, please contact the District Office at (250) 725-3229 during regular business hours or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|International Surf Day:Spanish Banks in Vancouver||June 20th, 2009|
International Surf Day:Spanish Banks in Vancouver, B.C. - June 20th, 2009.
Rip Curl has played a leading role in the Surf Industry and continues to move forward in Canada.
International Surf Day took place Saturday June 20th, 2009. The general public and industry peeps gathered along Spanish Banks in Vancouver, B.C on this unofficial surfers holiday. This event was an opportunity to make an impact on the surf community in Vancouver. Everyone was able to celebrate together, the sport of surfing. Entertainment was arranged in and out of the water, Pacific Boarder and Second Wave provided paddle boards open to the public.
Despite the imperfect weather, beach volley ball, tug-of-war, badminton and many other games kept masses occupied while Karv Restaurant fired up the BBQ providing the grub.
Rip Curl Canada would like to thank everyone who came out to International Surf Day at Spanish Banks.
And a huge thanks to all of the sponsors who participated in this event:
|ROXY to host Big Sisters Surf Camp in Tofino||June 2009|
ROXY to host Big Sisters Surf Camp in Tofino, BC
Vancouver, BC – June 09, 2009 – Roxy is excited to announce they will be hosting the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland at a special Roxy Surf Camp in Tofino, BC this month. Women and girls from the Big & Little Sister Program will head to Tofino to attend the surf camp hosted by Bruhwiler Surf School. The Big & Little Sister program sees Little Sisters matched with Big Sister volunteers for one-to-one friendships. Each Big & Little Sister match gets together once a week for at least one year. They spend time together doing fun activities they enjoy such as crafts, sports, baking and talking.
Last summer Roxy’s cleverly named team, "Surf and The City", claimed top spot at the 2008 Ottawa-Gatineau Red Bull Flugtag, donating all their winnings to host the surf camp. Before heading to Ottawa, "Surf and The City" also held a fundraiser to raise money towards their cause.
"Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland seeks to enhance the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls in our program through mentoring and providing the girls with experiences they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to take part in," says Lisa Cloutier, Director of Operations, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. "When companies like Roxy plan unique experiences for our matches it allows our Little Sisters to spend quality time with their Big Sister mentors while learning that they CAN learn to do anything they set their minds to – including surfing! This is an outstanding opportunity for our teen Little Sisters and we are grateful to Roxy for choosing Big Sisters for this fantastic event."
The Big and Little Sister’s will receive air travel to and from Tofino, accommodation at the Long Beach Lodge and Resort, gifts from Roxy and surf lessons with Roxy pro surfer Catherine Bruhwiler.
"We are thrilled to bring the Big and Little Sisters out to Tofino to experience surfing - something our roots run deep in," says Shawna Olsten, Quiksilver Canada Marketing Manager. "The girls will have a chance to hang out in an intimate, comfortable and fun environment while visiting one of the most beautiful places in Canada."
About Big Sister of BC Lower Mainland:
Since 1960, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland ( www.bigsisters.bc.ca ) has been enhancing the confidence, self-esteem, and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women. Big Sisters matches girls, ages 7 to 17, with female volunteers in mentoring relationships and provides ongoing support to these matches. Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland understands the many obstacles young girls face as they navigate their way through childhood and adolescence and believes that girls who are dealing with overwhelming life
challenges or social isolation can greatly benefit from having a positive, female mentor in their lives who can cheer them on success.
|Cape Breton Island surf lesson program||July 04 - Aug 31, 2009|
7th annual summer surf program at Point Michaud, Cape Breton Island
Starts Saturday July 4th and will be held everyday until the end of August between 10am to 5pm (weather permitting).
People can call Carli Boers at 631-2599 or Michelle Richards at 345-0741 to pre-register or for more information. They can also just show up at the beach for July and August.
We will have a surf report line to call. This will be updated every morning with beach and surf conditions. That number will be released soon and available for conditions in July and August.
Surf Instructors are Michelle Richards, Carli Boers and Nicole Boudreau. We all have our Bronze Cross (water rescue and lifesaving certificates) and First Aid and CPR. We all have 5 to 8 years experience each surfing and 2 to 6 years experience as surf instructors.
Lessons are an hour and a half long and include wetsuit and surf board. Beginner students will have a greater understanding of ocean conditions and water safety. They will be able to paddle, catch and stand up on their own waves by the end of the lesson. Intermediate surfers can learn more tricks and manouvers that can be preformed on waves and/or participate in surf competition training.
Lessons are $35 each. Also available is 4 lessons or 4 people for $100, (that's $25 each). Lesson includes all gear for 1 and a half hours.
Surf equipment is available to rent as well. Surfboard and wetsuit is $15 per hour for both pieces of gear together. Or they can rent seperately a surfboard for $10 per hour or just a wetsuit (includes boots and mitts) for $10 an hour.
So, pack up the whole family and come to Point Michaud Beach. Start date for lessons also corresponds with the Point Michaud Sand Castle Contest during the first weekend of July. Bound to be an action packed, fun weekend at the beach.
We will later rap up the summer with our 6th annual Point Michaud Surf Classic held Saturday August 29th and Sunday August 30th this summer. Always a great event too with lots of prizes to give away.
Thanks. You can call me at 345-0741 or email email@example.com if you have any more questions.
The Summer Surf Program is part of the Richmond County Recreation Department's summer activities and classes offered and we are insured.
» 6th annual Point Michaud Surf Classic, Cape Breton Island - August 29-30, 2009
International Surfing Day - June 20, 2009
|O’Neill launches the Cold Water Classic Series 2009
» Vancouver Island scheduled stop
|Tom Curren @ the 2009 Rip Curl Stew - May 23-24 Tofino, BC, Canada|
|O'Neill Cold Water Classic Series 6-Star WQS event||Tofino-Ukee peninsula Oct - Nov dates tentative, 2009|
|THE MOST NORTHERN, THE MOST SOUTHERN, THE WILDEST, THE COLDEST AND THE MOST CLASSIC SURF CONTEST ON THE PLANET.
O'Neill is presenting the first ever Cold Water Classic Series with 5 6-Star WQS events on 4 continents and 5 countries. The 4th stop of the tour will be the west coast of Canada along the Tofino-Ukee peninsula (permits pending).
The coldest surf contest on the planet follows as the CWC Series heads up to Vancouver Island in Canada in October. This will be the first professional ASP surf event ever held in Canada. Known more for its snow than its surf, Canada’s wild and rugged shoreline actually offers a huge variety of pointbreaks, reefs and beachbreaks that can work on a wide combination of winds and swells. Fog, snow, freezing temperatures and ice-cold water add to the extremity of this event.
we'll provide more info the minute we can
|Surfrider Vancouver Island paddle out at Jordan River||May 03, 2009|
we're holding a paddle out at Jordan River to promote public beach access and water quality.
|Clean Water Classic||Westport, Washington - May 15-17, 2009|
|Nov/05/2008 Bear notice has been removed from gov.bc.ca/bcparks/juan_de_fuca
As of October 30, 2008:
There is a trail closure from Km 27 to Km 35, including Sombrio campsite and beach, due to problem bear until further notice.
|2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Oct 01, - Dec 31, 2008||Oct 01, - Dec 31, 2008|
|Jordan River land deal
|2008 Canadian & PNW Surf Comps|
» 2008 Clean Water Classic - Westport WA - May 16 -18, 2008
» 4th Annual O’Neill Braggers Cup [shop comp] - May 27th 2008
» East Coast Braggers Cup - Lawrencetown Nova Scotia [shop comp] - June 4-6, 2008
» Rip Curl surf contest Cox Bay - June 21-22, 2008
» September Storm Classic - Lawrencetown Beach - Aug 30- Sept 14, 2008 38 comp photos by Jay Feaver p>» Christian Surfers of Oregon 6th annual either Road's End, Nelscott, Gleneden Beach or Otter Rock - June 28-29, 2008.
» Surfingand Traditions - La Push - July 4-6, 2008
» 6th Annual Gathering & LongBoard competition - Newport, Oregon September 6 & 7, 2008
» Volcom Stone's Beaverfish surf Series - Nov 08, 2008 - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino - Results - photos by Brad Rutherford
» 2008 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, OR - Oct 01 - Dec 31, 2008
» ISA World Surfing Games 2008 - Costa de Caparica, Portugal - October 11-19, 2008
|2008 Nelscott Reef Tow in Classic - Oct to Dec
» Oct/27/2008 Too Much Wind For First Big Swell of the Season
|Pete Devries, Noah Cohen, Nico Manos, CC Unger-Mayor, Reid Jackson, Janek Peladeau, & Logan @ September Storm Classic - Nova Scotia, Sept 08 - 38 photos by Jay Feaver
|Volcom Stone's Beaverfish surf Series - Nov 08, 2008 - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino - photos by Brad Rutherford
» Results posted
|Rip Curl Stew Surf Competition - Cox Bay, Tofino - Jun 20-22, 2008
» final results / podium Photos by Shane Deringer
|O'Neill Braggers Cup 2008 shop comp - Tofino BC
|7th annual Clean Water Classic - Westport, WA - May 16-18
» 8 photos by Shane Deringer
» Youtube video
» heat by heat scores
|Volcom stone's Beaverfish surf Series||Nov 08, 2008 - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino|
Volcom Stone's Beaverfish surf Series - Nov 08, 2008 - North Chesterman Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
Info 604 241 8546 volcom.com/crusty
| TJ Hermiston & Current Swell
O'Neill Presents THE LIFE Premiere
| Tofino Legion - Nov 08|
Shelter in Tofino - Nov 09
Bud Browne died on July 25, in San Luis Obispo, CA.
John Elwell: Anna Trent who has been caring for Bud Browne called Linda Benson and said Bud passed away yesterday. I think he was 96. He was of course the real pioneer motion picture surf maker. He excited us to go surfing in Hawaii and other places. He was a real nice guy and will be well remembered.
Bud Browne, 96; father of surf-film genre - latimes.com
Bud Browne - pioneer of surf films in '50s captured complex footage - sfgate.com
|September Storm Classic - Lawrencetown Beach||Aug 30- Sept 14, 2008|
surfers BBQ - Habitat 67, Montreal - June 27, 2008
2Imagine, with Surfmtl, Surfers Healing and O'Neill are organizing a BBQ fundraiser at the Parc du cite du have Friday at 3pm to raise money for autistic children. We're having a weenie roast with plenty of drinks and snacks. O'Neill will be there with some T-shirts available for purchase, the funds to go to Surfers Healing. Red Bull will have plenty of drinks for us, and of course, there is the wave to surf which is going OFF right now. So come on down, make a donation, have a surf, and some food.
|groove for the groms Fundraiser - Shelter Restaurant||Tofino May 9th, 2008|
“groove for the groms…” FUNDRAISER
featuring: michael farrow & the los dukes rhythm section followed by dj kevin west
Help get four local juniors to the World Junior Surfing Championships in the south of France
PLACE: SHELTER RESTAURANT
ALL PROCEEDS FROM TICKET SALES GO TOWARDS THE AIRLINE TICKETS
TICKETS @ SHELTER OR ANY OF THE SURF SHOPS
Shelter 725-3353 601 campbell st www.shelterrestaurant.com
|7th annual Clean Water Classic||May 16 -18, 2008|
The 7th annual Clean Water Classic will be May 16 - 18, 2008 in Westport, Washington.
|Pete Devries in Surfer Mag||March, 2008|
Peter Devries profile in the March issue of Surfer Magazine, on stands now surfermag.com
O'Neill Welcomes Noah Cohen to the Team
|2007 Canadian & PNW Surf Comps|
» 3rd annual O’Neill Bragger’s Cup - Tofino May 1-3, 2007
» 2007 Clean Water Classic - Westport WA - June 1-3, 2007
» Rip Curl Stew - Tofino June 16-17, 2007
» Christian Surfers of Oregon annual long & short board comp - Lincoln City - last weekend in June
» Surfingand Traditions - La Push - June 29 - July 01, 2007
» Billabong September Storm Session - Nova Scotia, September 2007
» The Gathering, 5th Annual Longboard Classic: - Newport, Oregon at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon. - September 8-9, 2007
» Volcom Bearverfish surf series -Tofino comp - Nov 10, 2007
» 2007 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, OR Oct 01, 2007 - Mar 31st, 2008
» 12th Annual Noll Classic - Crescent City, CA - Oct. 6/7 info:(707) 465-4400
a few more dates
» US Open of Surfing & Beach Games - Huntington Beach Pier - July 21 -29, 2007
» Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships [QWJSC], held in Costa de Caparica, Portugal - May 4-13, 2007. The Nova Scotia Jr team will compete
|Billabong September Storm Session||September 2007|
» update Sep/18/2007
September Storm Surf Classic RESULTS posted on SANS web site:
Look for westcoaster's Peter Devries, Leah Oak, Catherine Bruhwiler & Noah Cohen,
|Swell Times Surf Club for Girls||Mondays 6pm-8pm starting July 2nd|
|Swell Times Surf Club for Girls:
Mondays 6pm-8pm (starting July 2nd) met at South Chesterman Beach parking lot. This club is for most ages (8 and up) and skill levels. Please bring your own equipment (little kids must have adult supervision while surfing). The goal of the surf club is to motivate women and girls to get out and surf, learning from each other and from Surf Sister instructors who will be there to host the club and offer much needed tips. Nothing is more fun than getting together a group of girls and going surfing!
for more info contact Surf Sister
seasons finally Sept 03
|Surfer's Swap Meet||1st Saturday each month|
Island Surf Company will be hosting a Surfer's Swap Meet on the first Saturday of every month.
We will provide the venue and the opportunity for you to bring your gear; to buy, sell, trade or swap your items, with other surfers. Or, just pop in for some surf talk!
The first Surfer's Swap Meet will take place on Saturday, May 5th from 9am 'til 12 noon. Mark your calendars! And dig out that old gear!
for more info contact http://www.islandsurfco.ca/
|Maidn' Voyage Surf Tour||August, 2007|
|This year, the tour will be hosting surf clinics/parties in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Tofino. Tentatively hosting a small beginners comp on the sunday in Tofino.
|Surfer's Swap Meet||1st Saturday in July & Aug|
|Buy sell and trade boards at our summer surf swap! Come on out to the backyard at Surf Sister bring new or used boards to sell. It's a great place to find a great deal on the perfect board you've been looking for. The surf swap concept has been adapted from Hawaii where successful swaps are held each month with hundreds of boards to choose from. Coffee and pastries available. First Saturday of each month, 9am till noon. July 7th and August 4th.
625 Campbell St, Tofino, BC @ Surf Sister
Saturday July 07, 9am-12pm
Saturday August 04, 9am-12pm
for more info contact Surf Sister
|5th Annual CSO Open - Lincoln City, OR||June 30th & July 1st, 2007|
|Rip Curl Stew||June 16-17, 2007 - Tofino|
|6th annual Clean Water Classic||June 1-3, 2007|
The 6th annual Clean Water Classic (“Classic”) surfing competition is scheduled for June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2007. This event, the largest continuously run Pro/Am competition in the Pacific Northwest, will again take place in Westport, Washington.
The Classic is a benefit event for the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation. The Surfrider Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches through conservation, advocacy, research and education. Check us out at www.surfrider.org. There are several active chapters in the Pacific Northwest, with additional chapters organizing in 2007. Highlight activities and campaigns of the varied local chapters include the Blue Water Task Force testing programs, beach monitoring, educational outreach, improving beach access, and protecting beaches and coastlines.
In 2006, the Clean Water Classic attracted over 140 competing surfers in all age groups and several hundred spectators. Surfers from as far as Brazil have competed in the past and, in 2007, the first place Pro/Am competitor will earn a $500 prize, which draws many competitors.
|ISA Judging & Officiating Level 1 Course||June 1, 2007|
The Islander Resort Westport, WA June 1, 2007 7pm
To pre-register contact Barbie Mayor firstname.lastname@example.org
Improve your capacity to discriminate between surfers who perform closest to the judging criteria from those who don’t
|BC crew @ Volcom Crustaceous Surfing Championships||May 11-13, 2007|
54th Street, Newport CA
Beaverfish surf series Qualifiers (Canada)
|O’Neill Surfboard Exhibition||Whistler, April 3, 2007|
O’NEILL SURF’S UP! – A Sustainable Surfboard Exhibition
Whistler, British Columbia, April 3, 2007 – O’Neill presents the second annual SURF’S UP! surfboard exhibition in conjunction with BRAVE Art Whistler, during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
Together with the Surfrider Foundation and Hilltrip, Canadian artists will put their talents to work on handcrafted surfboards from Montreal-based shaping company Guava. Each board will represent the individuality unique to the surf culture and provide a creative interpretation of what going “green” means to this community. “As a heritage surf brand driven by culture, it’s our responsibility to take a leading role and help define the sustainability movement in Canada,” said Max Desjardins, Director of Marketing at O’Neill Canada.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, beaches, and waves. More importantly it is dedicated to one of our most precious resources: water. “Water is the lifeblood of this world, and unfortunately it is a resource we haven’t managed well in the past. From pollution through debris, chemicals and sewage we are slowly poisoning our oceans, and in turn the planet as a whole. Water naturally follows the hydrological cycle. This is the cycle that evaporates our ocean and water surfaces, carrying the moisture to our mountains and depositing it as snow and rain. It then travels down through our watersheds back to where it started. This is a closed cycle and anything we do to the water along the way will carry forward as it travels,” comments Surfrider Canada President Adrian Nelson. “Canada has amazing natural wonders and a surprising amount of surf spots, it would be a shame to see any of these disappear because of corporate irresponsibility towards the environment,” added Max.
O’Neill Surf’s UP! events will be making their way to the east coast with stops in Toronto and Montreal (dates and locations to be determined). At the end of each event, every custom board will be donated to the Surfrider Foundation to be auctioned off online at http://www.vancouverbc.surfrider.org/ . The first exhibition kicks-off on April 13th within the BRAVE Art Whistler event.
|Pete Devries @ Jeep-Body Glove Surfbout Lower Trestles||April 24-28, 2007|
|more about Pete @ the Surfbout - heat times / results
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) four-star event taking place April 24-28, 2007, Lower Trestles
San Clemente, Calif., March 26, 2007 - In its 15th year, the prestigious Jeep-Body Glove Surfbout returns to the world famous Lower Trestles in San Clemente for the first stop of the Macy’s California Trifecta Surf Series presented by Jeep®. In addition to this Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) four-star event taking place April 24-28, 2007, Lower Trestles will also host the Oakley Pro Junior from April 27-28, 2007. This five-day world-class surfing event will feature top-tier professional surfers, local surf hopefuls, domestic and international junior competitors and supporters of the renowned Trestles break.
Touted as one of the most impressive ASP WQS events, the Jeep-Body Glove Surfbout features 192 of the world’s best surfers battling for a $75,000 prize purse and valuable ASP WQS points. In the Surfbout’s 15-year history, past winners have included eight-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (Cocoa Beach, FL), three-time ASP World Champion Andy Irons (Hanalei, HI), local Southern California stars Rob Machado (Cardiff, CA), Taylor Knox (Carlsbad, CA) and Shane Beschen (San Clemente, CA), and Surfbout’s 2006 winner, Dustin Cuizon (Ewa Beach, HI).
|2nd NorEastern Surf Classic||Mar 24, 2007|
|Tofino Guide to TSUNAMIS||Wednesday, March 28|
Tofino Emergency Response Team presents A Locals Guide to TSUNAMIS
An overview of ongoing Tsunami Emergency Planning and our preparedness goals
If you're a parent, business person or tourism operator, don't miss this valuable presentation
|SHARKWATER at Odeon Theatre||March 14th, 2007|
Livity Outernational and Sharkwater Productions would like to invite you to an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary SHARKWATER on March 14th, 2007 at Odeon Theatre Victoria (780 Yates St.) at 7pm. Filmmaker and biologist, Rob Stewart, will be on hand for this special screening presentation.
Following the screening the organizing team would like to invite you to the after-party at The Red Jacket (751 View St.) at 8pm where Stewart will present new HD underwater footage and ‘The Making of Sharkwater’. Please join us for this evening of positive activism! Admission is by donation & proceeds go to help fund the conservation efforts of The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Sharkwater is a multi award-winning high definition feature film that brings viewers closer to sharks than ever before. In an epic visual display Sharkwater brings ocean conservation into the spotlight.
Filmed in 15 countries over 4 years, Sharkwater has thrilled audiences at top film festivals across the globe. Sharkwater has won 10 prestigious awards, making it the most award-winning documentary to hit theaters this year! Awards include numerous People’s Choice awards, Best Documentary awards as well as the Toronto Film Festival award: Canada’s Top Ten!
In a journey through the shark-rich waters of the world, Sharkwater demonstrates a relationship with sharks that, until now, was left undefined. This incredible true story follows filmmaker and biologist Rob Stewart through espionage, corrupt governments, mafia rings, arrests, and hospitalization in his fight to reveal the truth about sharks and the vital importance of saving our oceans.
Sharkwater will be released on March 23rd, and in the US in the Fall of 2007. Please join us in saving the oceans. See Sharkwater in theaters starting March 23rd.
For more information on Sharkwater, Rob Stewart, and how you can do your part in saving sharks, please visit www.sharkwater.com.
|showing of Shrink||March 19th, 2007|
|all ages event featuring a showing of Jeremy Koreski’s lastet flick "Shrink". We will be holding this event as a fundraiser for Surfrider Victoria. There will be no charge but all funds raised from a raffle will go to Surfrider.
|2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic||December 8, 2006|
2nd Annual Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic Called For Friday December 8!
December 5, 2006
Lincoln City, OR – The contest status for the 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic, presented by Liquid Militia and the Nelscott Reef Surf Shop, has been moved to green light. Organizers have decided to hold the contest on Friday December 8th and have notified all contestants of the status change.
For the past 5 days, contest organizers have been monitoring the forecasted swell expected for Friday. The latest models show a significant long period swell to be in the 15-18’ range. This swell, combined with a period of 16-17 seconds, should produce waves at Nelscott Reef in the 30-40’ range.
Contestants are now scrambling to make arrangements to get to Oregon. With a 3 month holding period, the contest can be called any time with as little as 48 hours notice. Organizers decided to make the call early to allow a few extra days for everyone to get up to Oregon and maybe get a practice day in before the event. The holding period was lengthened by one month to allow for a greater chance of having good conditions. Ironically, the contest will be held the same weekend as last year’s event in similar, but bigger, conditions.
Although the reef sits about 1/2 mile off the beach, it can be easily seen from shore. A modest pair of binoculars will get you right into the action. The contest will start at 8 AM sharp on Friday morning. People are invited to come watch from the beach at Canyons Park in Lincoln City. There is no parking at the beach, but parking is available in town at the Tangers Outlet Mall, and there will be a shuttle to the beach and back.
The Chinook Winds Casino will be hosting the after party and award ceremony. Doors open 5:30 PM and there are tickets available at the door ($25 - cash only). Food will be served and drinks available at the no-host bar.
For additional information and to sign up for e-mail or mobile alerts visit 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, Oregon: Oct 1 - Dec 31
|Memorial for Jim Sadler||Nov15, 2006|
A Memorial for Jim Sadler will be held at the Legion hall in Tofino on Wednesday, Nov15, 2006. Jim was always fond of saying that the people of the West Coast were what made the place special, so please come and share in a celebration of Jim's life. There will be an open mike, and the Sadler family would love to hear your memories of him.
Jim was one of the real pioneers of surfing in British Columbia.
|shrink @ the media club||Dec10, 2006|
|Stranded video premeire||November 30th, 2006|
|shrink is in the stores||Nov/19/2006|
|2006 PNW Surf Comps|
» 2006 Clean Water Classic June 3rd & 4th in Westport WA., and pre-registration is stronngly recommended this year! You could register day of if all the heats aren't full, but word is it's going to fill up fast this year!
» Christian Surfers of Oregon annual long & short board comp - Lincoln City June 16 and 17, 2006.
» www.surfingandtraditions.com June 30 - July 2nd 2006 La Push
» The Gathering, 4th Annual Longboard Classic: - Newport, Oregon Sept 9 & 10, 2006 at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon.
» 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, Oregon: Oct 1 - Dec 31
|Secret Machine||October 19th, 2006|
|Alberta River Surfing Assocation Surf Slam||Sept 22-24, 2006|
|TOFINO WATER SHORTAGE||Aug-Sep 2006|
Sep/21/2006 update from DISTRICT OF TOFINO
The Fire Ban has been lifted for the entire District of Tofino.
Sep/18/2006 update from DISTRICT OF TOFINO
Level 1 Water Regulations In Effect.
Due to the rainfall over the weekend, sufficient water supplies appear to be available.
We request that all users follow sensible water conservation measures. Please continue to check the website for updates. http://www.tofino.ca/
Buondi Billabong Pro - Ericeira, Portugal,
|Aug 29-Sep 3, 2006|
5 STAR WQS
Buondi Billabong Pro live webcast
Aug/31/2006 Update Pete scored the best wave of the heat but couldn't find another good wave the rest of the heat and wound up in 4th place. After two month's on the WQS in Califorinia, Japan, Scotland & Portugal, Pete will head home to "Tapped out Tofino".
Heat #19 Aug/31/2006 round of 144 White 1 15.70 TANIO BARRETO BRA Blue 2 14.94 RHYS BOMBACI AUS Red 3 14.33 SIMAO ROMAO BRA Yellow 4 11.60 PETER DEVRIES CAN Aug/30/2006 Update swell petered out before Pete's heat today. Rescheduled for tomorrow. Heat #19 Aug/29/2006 round of 192 Yellow 1 15.50 PETER DEVRIES CAN White 2 14.43 DARREN TURNER AUS Red 3 13.30 TEPPEI TAJIMA JPN Blue 4 12.36 IKER FUENTES EUK
Buondi Billabong Pro - Ericeira, Portugal, Aug 29-Sep 3, 2006
|Tofino Summer Surfboard Swap||first Saturday of each month at Surf Sister|
Trade boards - Buy boards - Swap boards
the next Surfboard Swap is this Saturday Aug 05 from 9am to 12pm at the Surf Sister backyard.
Bring any of your surfboards, dust off those boards sitting in the closet, come and find a NEW board to ride!
The first summer surfboard swap was a success!
We had a bit of a wet start with some Tofino drizzle early, but the sky cleared and the sun even came out. The surfboard swap was the place to be last Saturday morning. Surfers came out of the woodwork, bringing with them some great boards. The first sale happened just minutes into the swap. A unique fish shape, a KG board that was super retro, sold like a hot cake! Boards and even wetsuits were lined up like beauty contestants, glistening in the morning mist. Our espresso machine pumped out the good coffee, getting everyone fueled up for a day of good surf and board swapping. The swell was up, finally, after a very slow week of weak surf. Surfers of all ages showed up to admire the line of beauties (boards), checking them all out from head to toe, nose to tail. Here's a photo from early morning- the coffee guzzlers, storytellers, and Mason, looking stoked!
Our next board swap will be Saturday, Aug 05, 9am till noon, at Surf Sister 625 Campbell St in Tofino.The best boards always go fast, so come right at nine to get your best pick! We also want to put the word out for everyone to bring longboards to the swap, if they even exist.
See you soon!
Sooruz Lacanau Pro - France
|August 14-20, 2006|
Pete Devries - 6 STAR WQS Sooruz Lacanau Pro, Aug/14/2006 - Photo:Masurel/ASPEurope.com
6 STAR WQS Sooruz Lacanau Pro
live webcast August 14-20
Heat # 2 Aug/14/2006 round of 192 White 1 16.00 ADAM MELLING AUS Red 2 13.47 FREDERIC ROBIN REU Yellow 3 13.20 PETER DEVRIES CAN Black 4 6.34 DEAN RANDAZZO USA
Sooruz Lacanau Pro August 14-20
Yumeya Tahara Pro - Japan
|August 1-6, 2006|
6 Star Aug 1-6 Akabane Beach,Tahara-Japan Billabong presents Yumeya Tahara Pro
Streaming video starts Thursday.
Heat # 8 Tahara Pro Round of 96 Aug/03/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 1 12.10 Neco Padaratz BRA Yellow 2 9.84 Marcus Hickman HAW White 3 9.26 Teppei Tajima JPN Blue 4 7.84 Peter Devries CAN Heat # 8 Tahara pro Round of 144 Aug/02/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Blue 1 16.50 Peter Devries CAN White 2 10.83 Sam Page AUS Red 3 10.77 Aritz Aranburu ESP Yellow 4 9.40 Yasuaki Higashikawa JPN Heat # 8 Tahara Pro Round of 192 Aug/01/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 1 12.27 Peter Devries CAN Blue 2 11.83 Denis Tihara BRA White 3 10.74 Masahiro Suzuki JPN Yellow 4 9.30 Taito Maki JPN
Us Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
|July 22-30, 2006|
Us Open of Surfing 2006 Huntington Beach July 22-30, 2006
Webcast - Us Open of Surfing 2006 Huntington Beach July 22-30, 2006
Heat #20 MEN ROUND 2 [round of 144] Jul/25/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 1 12.50 HEITOR ALVES BRA White 4 7.33 ZANDER MORTON USA Yellow 3 10.47 PETER DEVRIES CAN Blue 2 10.83 RHYS BOMBACI AUS
Jul/25/2006 Update from Pete
Look for Pete in Round 20 today
Heat #19 MEN ROUND 1 [round of 192] Jul/24/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 2 9.34 PETER DEVRIES CAN White 4 7.77 DIEGO ROSA BRA Yellow 1 11.60 DANE JOHNSON USA Blue 3 8.86 DARREN MUSCHETT PRI
Jul/23/2006 Update from Pete
Heat # 3 TRIALS ROUND OF 64 Jul/21/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 1 17.93 PETER DEVRIES CAN White 2 11.66 BRANDON RAGENOVICH USA Yellow 3 9.66 RYAN PETERSON USA Blue 4 5.60 TOBY OGDEN USA Heat # 2 TRIALS ROUND OF 32 Jul/22/2006 Wave/Wave singlet plc pts name from Red 4 10.26 DION ATKINSON AUS White 2 13.17 MIKE LOSNESS USA Yellow 1 14.17 PETER DEVRIES CAN Blue 3 10.60 JAMES WOOD AUS
Huntington Beach Webcam Interactive Web Cams on wavewatch.com
|Surfing and Traditions||June 30 - July 2nd 2006 La Push|
Odyssey2020 Sunglasses and The Surfrider Foundation present the third annual “Surfing and Traditions” event. A cultural board and kayaking event located at First Beach La Push on the Quileute Indian Reservation.
Contest website: www.surfingandtraditions.com
|2006 Clean Water Classic||Jun 3 - 4, 2006|
2006 Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Classic
Once again Canadians dominated this years Surfrider Foundation Clean Water Classic in Westport WA. So much so that the Juniors division final was all Canadian. 1st place was captured by CC Unger-Mayor, Noah Cohen and Ryan Cameron placed second and third respectively.
Peter Devries pulled a reapeat perfomance of 2005 taking this years ProAm title and the $500.00 cash first prize. He also receieved honors and prizes for Best Wave and Highest Scoring Wave of the contest. Noah Cohen continued his success and finished 2nd in the ProAm. Other Canadians that finished in the top three of their divisions were Leah Oke who finishing first in the Womens Shortboard, Angus Tokarek 3rd in Mens Longboard and Mike Redpath 3rd in the Masters Shortboard.
Peter and CC's also won two of three special sponsor heats. Four surfers were drawn to ride new boards provided by Global Surf Industries. The surfer with the highest heat score got to take home the board they rode and $200.00 cash. Peter was drawn in the 6'0" heat and CC in the 6'8". They both got to keep the surfboard and take home the loot. In Canadian style Peter chose to donate his cash prize to Surfrider Foundation.
ProAm 1st Peter Devries 2nd Noah Cohen Women Shortboard 1st Leah Oke 2nd Shandy Kariatsumari Junior (it was an all Canadian final) 1st CC Unger-Mayor 2nd Noah Cohen 3rd Ryan Cameron Longboard 3rd Angus Tokarek Masters Shortboard 3rd Mike Redpath still waiting for full official results
» 2006 Clean Water Classic - Jun 3-4, 2006
|Chasing Clayoquot||in the current issue 54 of Surfers Path|
» cover story of the current issue 54 of Surfers PathChasing Clayoquot: Peter Devries' Life on the Ragged Edge of Eden On the forested shores around Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island....
Words by Malcolm Johnson Photos by Jeremy Korseki.
France & Scotland
|April - May, 2006|
live webcasts (going to be middle of the night) on aspeurope.com. Just hit the Vendee link.
|no funboards w/Air Canada anymore.||no longboards either|
Air Canada now calls any surfboard over 6'8" [packaged] air cargo and has to clear commercial customs and you better be ready to pay bigtime. There is no length restriction on Archery Bows, Fishing poles or Skis (snow or water)
Sports Equipment subject to Excess Charges from aircanada.com
Air Canada carries the following sports equipment as excess baggage at a reduced fee.
Place the surfboard in a rigid and/or hard shell container specifically designed for shipping. If not packaged in a container, Air Canada will provide a plastic bag and will accept the item with a limited release form (to be signed at check-in), releasing Air Canada of liability. The overall measurement of each piece (L + W + H) must be less than 115 inches or 292 cm (L+W+H) and no longer than 80 inches or 203 cm.
you can lodge a complaint using the form at air canada customer care
|2006 BCSA Jr. Team Paddle Quest||April 22, 2006|
2006 BCSA Jr. Team Paddle Quest
The members of the 2006 BCSA Jr. Surf Team and their coach will do their Paddle Quest this Saturday the 22nd. They've been active getting pledges for the last couple of weeks and will paddle longboards 12 km, the length of Long Beach, from Esowista (Schooner Cove) to the Intererative Centre at Wickaninnish Beach. They've received over $1000.00 in pledges so far, all marked to offset expenses for their trip to the World Jr. Surfing Championships in Brazil next month. Isaac Raddysh the team member from Saltspring Island won't be able to make it up to Long Beach so he plans to paddle an equal distance just off of Saltspring. You can find more information about the Team at www.bcsa.ca and the WJSC at www.isasurf.org
|Jer @ Pro Photographer Showdown||April 19, 2006|
|» Pro Photographer Showdown Whistler April 19th.
Tofino's Jeremy Koreski is one of 5 top photographers chosen from over sixty to present at the Showdown on April 19th. Best of Show wins $10,000.
|Pete Devries @ ASP Van's Pro||March 22-26, 2006|
» Pete Devries at the 2 star ASP Van's Pro at Huntington Beach, California, March 22-26.
Heat #10 MEN ROUND OF 96 Blue 1st 12.85 JESSE EVANS USA White 2nd 8.40 SEAN TAYLOR USA Yellow 3rd 6.75 DREW VENTURA USA Red 4th 6.35 PETER DEVRIES CAN
|David Carson @ the Art Institute of Vancouver||March 02, 2006 at 6:30 pm|
Graphic designer and typographer (and former pro-surfer) David Carson is coming to Vancouver. The Art Institute is bringing him up for some student workshops, but he will also be speaking at a public event on Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 6:30 pm in our soundstage at 3054 Beta Avenue. It is a free event, but we are expecting a sizeable turn-out, so an RSVP is needed. I am not sure how many folks live in or come to Vancouver on a regular basis, but it may be of interest to some of your readers, particularly those with an interest in the graphic design elements of board design.
Info on David and his work can be found at www.davidcarsondesign.com but I have cut and paste the event listing information I have been emailing around at the bottom of this message after my email sig.
» The Art Institute of Vancouver
|Sombrio Beach Documentary||Port Renfrew Jan 28
Victoria Jan 29 & Feb 2
Nanaimo Feb 18
Saltspring Mar 3-5
"…If I have a right to life then I have a right to living space… I wasn’t born with dollars in my pocket. I shouldn’t have to chase the big buck all my life just for a place to live." Barbara Oke.
"Ghandi said ‘live simply so others may simply live’ that’s a good quote for me… I’m living simple" David
Since the 1960's, Sombrio Beach has been home to a unique community of "squatters" living in a funky array of beach shacks. A magnet for surfers, social misfits, those who simply wanted off the modern grid, or to live a simpler life, the Sombrio community was an experiment in cooperation, anarchy and self-sufficiency. This ended in the late 1990's when the government evicted the squatters after the integration of Sombrio beach into the greater Juan de Fuca provincial park.
" Sombrio is about a sense of place and brings together the threads of sustainable lifestyle, history and ownership of land, and the stories of creative individuals who dared to live by their passion, skills and ingenuity away from the consumer world. The images of the ocean are stunning and the prowess of virtuoso surfers simply amazing. " Carol Roy, Ph. D - instructor Canadian Studies Trent University.
Sombrio premiers at the Victoria Independent film Festival Sunday January 29th at Plan-B, 1318 Broad St. at 9:30pm.
It is also the Saturday night feature at the Nanaimo Global Film Festival at Malaspina University on February 18th
and will be playing at the Saltspring Island 'Our Island - Our World Film Festival' March 3-5th.
» www.manlymedia.com - For more information check out
|Port Alberni STRANDED video premier||Saturday February 11, 2006|
Port Alberni premiere for Jason Picton, and Chris Ewing's video STRANDED will be at Glenwood Center on Saturday February 11, 2006.
It's the first premiere in P.A. so lets make it a good one. The bleechers at Glenwood are being moved infront of the stage so there will be prime seating. Also there's talk of after parties already so make sure you book time off work and tell your friends!!
running time is approximately an hour long.
|Pete Devries @ Monster Energy Pro at Pipeline||Jan 27th - Feb 10th 2006|
» Monster Energy Pro Live Webcast - billabongpro.com
» update Jan/28/2006
With only 12 minutes left in his Rd. 2 heat, Peter Devries found himself in the unimaginable position of controlling first place at the 4 star ASP Monster Energy Pipeline Pro on the North shore of O'ahu.
In near perfect 8' west swell conditions, Peter struck first blood within the first few seconds of the starting horn with a Backdoor right, got cleanly shacked for a few seconds then punctuated the ride with a full rail cutback. This put pressure on the other 3 competitors including V-land local and Pipe specialist Kahea Heart. Peter managed to sneak in a few other waves but was still looking for a solid wave that would slam the door shut on the others. While paddling back from a ride, Pete watched as the Japanese pro caught a Pipe left that pushed him into first and Pete into second. With just minutes left, Kahea Heart dropped into a right and got a clean barrel which pushed Pete down to 3rd. Pete required a 5.01 to get him back into 2nd which would advance him into the 3rd Rd and into the money, and with a last minute set stacking, Pete positioned himself for a sick Backdoor wave, dropped in under the lip, disappeared... and came out clean and casual - like he's been surfing Pipe all his life - I thought it was too close to call and it seemed like forever for the judges to post their scores... 4.77!!! just 0.24 less then required to advance - heartbreaking.
Congratulations Pete for advancing out of the first Rd. and earning 65th out of over 120 international pros at your first Pipe event! We look forward to watching you compete for many more years at Pipe and other events around the world on your quest to make the WCT.
Pete Devries will be competing at the upcoming 2 star ASP Van's Pro at Huntington Beach, California, March 22-26.
» update Jan/28/2006 Pete Devries made History Today!
Tofino native Peter Devries made history today by being the first Canadian to surf and advance at a pro contest at Pipeline this morning. Peter advances to rd 2 and should be surfing later this afternoon and will be up against Hawaiian Pipe specialist Kahea Hart, and seeded pros from Brazil and Japan.
Support the only Canadian on the ASP pro tour by logging onto aspworldtour.com
» Tofino's Pete Devries will be competing in his 2nd event of the 2006 ASP WQS season at the $75,000 4 star Monster Energy Pro at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Jan. 27th - Feb. 10th. Pete is seeded in the round of 132 and is looking to better his last result at the Globe Sebastian Inlet Pro in Florida won by world #4 Damien Hobgood. The Pipe event will be webcast on billabongpro.com
|Pete Devries @ Sebastian Inlet Pro||Jan 5-12, 2006|
» Sebastian Inlet Pro - Jan 5-12, 2006
|Nelscott Reef Tow-in Contest 2005||Oct 15 - Dec 15 2005|
FIRST EVER OREGON PROFESSIONAL SURF EVENT FINALLY CALLED
December 7, 2005
Lincoln City, OR – The first annual Nelscott Reef Tow-In Contest will be held Sunday December 11th, 2005. Organizers, Behemoth, LLC, run by John Forse, Roland Hoyle and Jim Kusz, decided today to call an official opening to the Nelscott Reef Tow-In Contest, just one week before the end of the contest period, October 15 – December 15, 2005.
As of Thursday, December 1st exclusive contest co-sponsor Action Sports Northwest (actionsportsnw.com) reported “there is a large system forecast to develop in the Pacific that should push some long period, large swell our way. The swell is still about ten days out, but it has good potential so far.”
Contest status was then moved from red alert to yellow to signify the impending weather system and surf conditions.
“It’s been a bit nerve-wracking, we’ve been working on this contest for 4 months and the past 6 weeks have been a nail-biter. But I spoke today with John Forse, the contest founder, and we’re set for the start of the contest this Sunday in Lincoln City,” said Adam Wagner, President of Action Sports Northwest (actionsportsnw.com)
Today, the status was turned to green. The rush is on for competitors to get to the beach for the contest start time of 8AM on Sunday December 11th. The list of competitors, by invitation only, includes the world’s best big wave tow-in surfers including Peter Mel, Jeff Clark, and Mike Parsons, battling it out for the $20,000 purse. There will be an event headquarters located on the cliff above Nelscott Reef and directly overlooking the break. There will be an area for media to shoot from and several sponsors will have booths set up. The contest will be followed by a dinner and award ceremony, open to the public, at the Chinook Winds Casino’s Golf Resort.
The contest is Oregon surfing’s first ever professional competition. The reef was discovered in 1995 by Oregon surfer and contest founder John Forse. Forse attempted to paddle into a huge breaking wave about 1/2 mile offshore from Lincoln City. He wasn't able to catch the wave, but the quest had begun. Ten years later, the wave has been successfully ridden, but only with the assistance of high-powered wave runners.
|BCSA thank you|
The British Columbia Surfing Association would like to thank the sponsors, supporters and volunteers who contributed to the 2005 BCSA Junior Champions Team. Your contributions made our trip to the 2005 Quiksilver International Surfing Association World Junior Championships in Huntington Beach California possible and broadened the horizons of seven young BC surfers.
|Cox Bay rezoning application|
We wanted to provide you with an update regarding Long Beach Lodge Resort, the recent development proposal being considered for the land next door and our efforts in supporting positive development and growth for Tofino.
Earlier this year, the Longboard Development brought to light the need for more public access to Cox Bay and we interviewed a number of community members on their vision for access and positive community growth for the region.
We have also had discussions with our neighbours, The Pettingers of Pacific Sands Resort, and the acting municipal planner, Cleo Corbett. Our purpose for this increased level of communication is to not stop development of the land next door but ensure that it is in keeping with the community plan, addresses the need for improved access to Cox Bay and enhances rather than detracts from the tourism offering that was first built by Pacific Sands and later followed by us at Long Beach Lodge Resort.
The result of this consultation, we feel, has garnered some positive results:
We feel that this leveraged funding will create a much larger and more centrally located public access to Cox Bay, with the potential of expansion and improvement when the adjacent vacant property is brought forward for development. As well, we feel this is a safer alternative, based on the concentration of traffic that will exist with a number of driveways leading off and onto the highway from the resorts’ and info centre parking.
It is estimated, that with improvements, Maltby Road access can accommodate as many as 65-90 parking stalls. We also feel that public safety will benefit from a better access point for emergency vehicles. Improved washrooms, seating areas, handicap access, picnic tables, and added security features to control after hours use will be just some of the benefits of a single, central access location.
The Longboard Project is progressing through the rezoning process with the District of Tofino and our concerns regarding the proposed development are as follows:
Our concern is due to the fact that there are development issues that are not being addressed at the time of rezoning but left to the development permit stage to be resolved. Several of these issues, some of which we have addressed in this note, that have major implications on the project design, environment and impacts on the adjacent properties. We simply are requesting the municipality not grant final rezoning approval until a development permit is ready for final approval, to avoid the situation where the site is zoned and studies required for the development permit approval bring to light required or desired plan amendments.
As mentioned earlier, the benefits of proposed change is it causes people to communicate and collaborate on a vision for the future. It is our hope that Long Beach Lodge Resort will continue to be a successful economic generator for the community and by being successful, continue to give back even more to help the local residents of Tofino. We are not against development and welcome ideas and proposals that enhance what is already being offered as one of the West Coast’s most dynamic destinations.
Our concern is over the speed in which this proposal is being pushed forward, rather than providing everyone an opportunity to review and comment on the alternatives being offered. The Longboard development proposal, as it stands now, has serious implications to two tourism operators and we feel that there are solutions to be found to change that.
There is a public hearing scheduled for the Longboard Project on Monday, November 14th and we will be pleased to hear your comments on not only this development but other areas where you feel Long Beach Lodge Resort may benefit the community. Please feel free to forward this note to anyone you feel is interested.
We would be happy to meet with you in person to discuss any of these issues or please feel free to email or call us at:
Tim Hackett , owner
Deirdre Campbell, Public Relations
Chris LeFevre, LeFevre & Co., advised that he is here to present a brief overview of the development proposal for 1431 Pacific Rim Highway and to answer questions from Council. He provided a background on the application, advising that it is a major proposal that provides substantial amenities. A public information meeting was held with the neighbours and staff. The commercial component has been removed as it was not favoured by the neighbouring property owners and other interested stakeholders. Parking has also been reduced. He advised that he is well aware of the intent of the amenity density bonusing bylaw and its contents. Public access and washrooms are on the table and the proposal meets the OCP guidelines. Jennifer Kay, MCIP, Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects + Urbanistes, presented a conceptual plan of their proposal and an explanation of the site for tourism development. She went over the key statistics and technical details. Public amenities include 30 public parking stalls that would be turned over and managed by the District of Tofino. Ms. Kay and Mr. LeFevre answered questions from Council regarding on-site management, vegetation retention and access for emergency vehicles.
LeFevre Long Board restaurant & condominium Hotel
There is a rezoning application before Tofino city council for the property between Pacific Sands and Long Beach resorts. It is a 150 foot wide property at 1431 Pacific rim highway. The plan includes public parking, public washrooms and change facilities, and public beach access. There is a 36 unit condominium hotel, & restaurant lounge.
This is the original application for a proposed project. If we can get a hold of the updated version which nixes the commertial components.
|Surfers Journal||Volume 14 Number 4 - Fall 2005|
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - surfersjournal.com
Canada West by Malcolm Johnson, Photos by Jeremy Koreski
Canada East Words and Photos by Yassine Ouhilal
|Pay Parking coming to Tofino Beach lots?||early 2006|
Tofino council have put off any further discussion on the matter till after the next election.
Probably 5 or 6 months before council revisits it.
|Pete devries at Trestles
Body Glove Surfbout
|April 26-30 2005|
Alright Pete. Round of 32 for $#@*'s sake
more at 2005 Body Glove Surfbout - Peter Devries at Trestles CA
|BCSA annual general meeting #2||April 16th in Tofino|
BCSA Board of Directors for 2005
Chair: Dom Domic Vice Chair: Stephen Mayor Treasurer: Georgia Coulson Secretary: Barbie Mayor Team Director: Warren Coulson Director of Communications: Donna Jay Director of Information Technology: George Walker Team Coach: Guto Cunha Directors at Large: Michele Dimitrov Jean-Paul Froment Allistair Fernie Chad Babcock Council Representative: Owen Strudwick
|Standup Flow Rider comes to Duncan||ETA - approx 2 years|
Duncan has just received another 5 million for our Chesterfield Sportsplex. Cowichan valley is growing by leaps and bounds. Duncan is hosting the BC Senior games here in August 2005 and the NAIG (North American Indigenous Games) in August 2008. The Chesterfield Sportsplex will include:
|We have allotted space for the flow rider to be put in depending on the response we get from the public will determine the size:
We decided on Flow Rider as Nanaimo and Victoria both have wave pools. Being in-between both Ferry ports, on the way to Tofino and Sooke this would be a place where surfers would catch a great wave every time.
If you would like to have access to the larger Flow Rider setup, send a word of support by email to Flowrider_Bertrand@hotmail.com
|In the Surf Mags||October 2004|
Ocean ProducerOctober 2004 Transworld Surf Page 151
Raph Bruhwiler talks about a recent boat trip to the remote, occasionally perfect reef breaks of ... Canada
Profile of Peter DevriesOctober 2004 Transworld Surf Page 184
by Malcolm Johnson
|JeremyKoreski.com Version 3.0 launch||Aug/20/2004|
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|JeremyKoreski.com Version 3.0 launches
Vancouver Island’s Jeremy Koreski has launched an all-new, expanded edition of his website at www.jeremykoreski.com. Jeremy’s still images have made him one of the more prominent recorders of the West Coast’s current cultural and environmental milieu, and with 2002’s Numb, the upcoming Shrink and a range of water-based film work, he’s becoming one of the rising talents in Canadian adventure filmmaking. The site is a display of Koreski’s new work and is stacked with the sick action, atmospherics and portraiture that form the foundation of his singular style. A few of the Tofino local’s framed black and white studies are also currently on display at Tofino’s Lounge Collection.
|Cold Surf Co. - La Nina’s Leashes||Jun/22/2004|
Vancouver Island’s indigenous surf industry is quite the proliferate thing these days, and with the talents of shapers like Stefan Aftanas, Louis Robert and Carl White the Island waveriding community seems to be nearing self-sufficiency. The best stuff, as British Columbians are sure to know, is homegrown, and the recently established Cold Surf Co. is joining the local industry as a provider of ultra-functional surf accessories. The babychild of Tofino resident Nina Waltl, Cold’s territory is leashes, board bags and board socks, as well as canine leashes for our ever-stoked quadripedal surf check companions.
Cold’s product comes from solid sources – no suspicious Third World manufacturing, all of it handmade by Nina and her industrial sewing machine. A snowboarder who discovered surfing in the ‘90’s in Morocco, Nina ended up on the Island and has since distinguished herself as one of the few female year-round regulars at the Tofino breaks. “Last fall and winter I was surfing a lot, and had a lot of time to think,” she says, “and that’s when I had the idea and started to go ahead with it. I had help from the government’s self-employment program, they kind of hold your hand through the whole process of starting a business, and without that help and support this would’ve been really hard to do.”
Nina’s leashes are an independent Canadian alternative to American and Australian products, and they’re of equal, if not superior, quality. They’re cold water specific, with longer ankle straps to accommodate the thickness of a wetsuit and boots, and they’ve got key pockets for our somewhat untrustworthy parking lots. Sewn-on leash loops, brass swivels rated to 800 pounds and hand-tied urethane cords mean no breakage of v-molded plastic parts, and that means no swimming in after leashes fly apart in frigid winter storm swells. They’re made for locals by locals, and that for sure is a good thing.
With their stylized logo of a maple leaf laid over the Oxford mathematician John Wallis’ 17th-century infinity symbol, Cold’s goods have been steadily appearing in the Island lineups over the last few months, and Nina has enlisted Tofino locals Ollie Atkey and grom ripper / future world champion Noah Cohen as her first team riders. “When you know the people you’re selling to,” Nina says, “you have a lot more invested in making sure it’s a good product, because your reputation is depending on it.” She seems to have stood by that statement; her designs are getting great reviews and proving themselves to be of the highest quality.
|In the Surf Mags||May 2004|
|Clean Water Classic||March 6-7, 2004|
|The Red Bull Ice Break in Nova Scotia||Feb/08/2004|
Below freezing and overhead - The Red Bull Ice Break finishes today
Randazzo wins in perfect winter surfing conditions
|In the Surf Mags|
Words: Jon Coen, Malcolm Johnson, James Wormell, Grant Shilling
Photos: Jeremy Koreski, Adrian Dorst, Patrick Trefz.
|In the Surf Mags||Feb 2004|
By Chris Mauro * Photos by Jason Koreski. AKA Jeremy Koreski
Surfing Vancouver Island through the stories of the Bruhwiler Bros is well written and informative. Love the geological, area economics and surf history mix. This article told me lots I didn't already know and did so with discretion and respect. Awesome double page of a Pete Devries air on an Addiction board and 16 other photos.
|In the Surf Mags||March 2004|
Short Bio and water based photo of Raph airborne
|2003 Thanksgiving Surf Classic in Nova Scotia|
|British Columbia Association of Surf Instructors|
Press Release: BCASI
There is a new organization dedicated solely to surfing, an organization with a mission not yet ever accomplished in Canada. The organization is called the British Columbia Association of Surf Instructors. Its mission is to set standards for surfing schools and instructors in Canada. This is not an easy task, but a core group of dedicated individuals have taken it upon themselves to change the world. The world of surfing in Canada, that is!
Until now, there have never been any rules or regulations for the safety or training of surf instructors. Nor have there ever been rules about surf schools being required to have liability insurance, or maximum instructor: student ratios. These things may not seem like a big deal to you. You may think, "Why bother? Who cares? We don’t need more rules!" Here are a few good reasons that may change your mind.
Surf schools are very popular in Tofino right now. Every visitor wants to get into the water and give it a try. Take the risk! Feel the Rush! They’ve all seen Blue Crush or Pointbreak, and decided this is the summer to give it a try. With so many schools to choose from, almost every visitor can find a school tailored to their needs, whether it’s women only, or ego-inflated male only, or a mish-mosh, there is something for everyone. How do you know which school to go to? Besides price checking, the next step is quality checking. Ideally, you want to find a surf school with a reliable name, one with qualified surf instructors and proper equipment, and one that has adequate insurance.
A good surf school can back up the claims made on its website.
As a customer, how do you get proof these claims are true? That’s where the BCASI comes in. An association dedicated to establishing the highest standards for the industry will add reliability to those claims. There would be nothing worse than a slacking (and lacking) surf school ruining the reputation of surfing in Tofino. All it takes is one bad accident with negligence on the part of the surf school for that business to go down.
- "We have insurance!"
- "Our instructors are highly trained!"
- "We provide the best equipment on the market!"
The BCASI is setting standards designed to promote the safety and credibility of instructors, students, and surf schools. With regulations that standardize instructor training and surf school operation, the industry becomes stronger and more effective. Pacific Rim National Park is also in the process of setting standards for surf schools operating within the park boundary. The word from Parks Canada is that the BCASI is doing all the hard work for them, and they are glad to see the local operators taking the initiative to get this going. Parks has said they will review the BCASI standards and adopt them as industry standards with minor park-specific modifications.
These days, surfing is considered an extreme sport that everyone can try. Anyone new to the sport sees only the risk of getting pummeled in the big scary ocean by big scary waves. To the trained eye, surfing embodies peace, stoke, harmony, and power. These are the ingredients for a long healthy life as a surfer, and what we hope to share with the tourists who come to Tofino. Sharing our ocean knowledge is a great bonus for the planet. I won’t get into it here, but, for example, if everyone cared more about the ocean we wouldn’t have to surf in polluted water!
The BCASI has developed instructor qualifications, a training program for new instructors, and surf school guidelines. The association is still in the formative stages and we ask that all surf school operators, instructors, and others interested, join other now and make your voice heard. The Board of Directors is looking for members, and this association is for you! If you are interested in becoming a member and supporting the BCASI can contact us at email@example.com, or check out our web site at www.bcasi.com
The next BCASI meeting is set for 9am Sept 10th, at the Tin Wis Best Western dining room in Tofino. We will have a representative from Parks Canada there to tell us of their new regulations for surf school operators in the park, as well as brainstorming for the future of the association.
The BCASI stands to benefit any surf school involved. All surf school operators are invited to attend, as this association will only progress with everyone's active participation and enthusiasm.
For the BCASI
The Sept 10th meeting was a success! In attendance were representatives from Bruhwiler Surf Camp, Inner Rhythm Surf Camp, Pacific Surf School, and Surf Sister Surf School. Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives from Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the Surfrider Foundation.
We are trying to get the ball rolling, so the next BCASI meeting is Oct 1st at 9am at the Tin Wis in Tofino.