by Adam Smallwood, Tofino
I think most people are over the misconception that Canada is a surf
deprived country. This usually comes from folks who have never surfed
that you need to fly to Hawaii and paddle into a 20 footer before you're
really doin' it. We do share the same ocean so just because were
above the 49th parallel doesn't mean the surf stops there.Our
coastline in Tofino may rarely have that perfect "tropical
surf power punch" that
sends other locations into the surfing books, but there are very good
reasons why surfing has taken off around here
The area around Tofino is fully exposed to the Pacific Ocean and so
believe it or not you can actually surf everyday year round. The water
may be a little chilly, but in the last 10 years wetsuit technology
has come a long way making surfing and other watersports a lot warmer
and more comfortable.
Tofino's beaches and coves are balancing between majestic mountains
and a very powerful body of water, making for a genuine wilderness surfing
experience. Mix that with a laid back lifestyle and it's no wonder
this area has developed its own unique surf culture.
The coastline in the Tofino area is made up of beaches and coves separated
by rocky headlands and sand spits that point in all sorts of directions,
will show the same conditions on the same day. Finding surf is all
about being in the right place at the right time, so this requires
mind and understanding of the local conditions.
Spring to Fall has great conditions for surfing in Tofino and the
days are longer allowing more time to search around. Remember that
extreme and swell can grow larger by the hour. A quick change of location
can sometimes improve your session.
Surf Canada! The area around Tofino is fully exposed to the Pacific Ocean and so you can actually surf Tofino everyday year round.