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Tofino, Surfing & Watersports
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Never thought it would happen but the other day I found myself on one of Sydney, Australia's northern beaches, sitting in the sand and dreaming of the surf in Canada. Sure, it didn't help that my Canuck buddies were texting me pictures of a decent Canadian west coast swell that rolled in up there while down here we were suffering a wave drought down here. But that aside, once in a while no matter how much warmer and more consistent the waves usually are in Australia I find myself longing to be bobbing in the lineup at North Chestermans, practically alone out there, staring off at snow-capped Meares Island while eagles drift and dive around me.
Didn't know BC had a decent surf scene? It's burgeoning to be certain, but it does exist. If you've got even an inkling to see Canada's west coast from the water, it's an awesome way to do it.
If you doubt me, check out Tofino-based photographer Jeremy Koreski's site: www.jeremykoreski.com. His images prove beyond words that not only are there waves to be found in Canada, but the guys who live there and ride them are nothing to be scoffed at either. And ladies, there's plenty of gals in the lineup in Canada so don't be afraid to wax up your sticks either.
Couple things to remember: you will need to rock a thicker wetsuit than you wear down here, with booties, gloves, and a hood. You can rent everything you need at an array of shops in both Tofino and Ucluelet. Don't underestimate the power of the ocean. The rips on the west coast can be pretty strong. Read the beach signs so you are surfing safely. And while you shouldn't be too worried about sharks up there, never, ever stare a sea lion in the eye. Trust me.