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:
- If you bring in a wetsuit with value of $200 and donate 50 % - 100% to Small Pebbles = Big Beach, you will get a voucher for 25% off any brand new wetsuit.
- Bring in a surf or paddle board that sells for over $300, and get $50 off any new board.
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - November 01-05, 2012
entry and media contact:Michael @ North Beach Surf Shop 250-626-7873
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/
Krissy (Contest Director)
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!
Friday September 21 - Friday October 05
Monday October 08, 2012
Saturday October 20, 2012
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
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
New this year Pro/Am Shortboard Contest - $1000 1st Place / $500 2nd Place / $300 3rd Place
Fundraiser for Quileute Nation Surf Camp!
First ever public demo of LIb Tech Waterboards!
Beach clean-up, raffle, salmon bake, music and more!
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 Public information sessions scheduled for May 15th and 16th
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:
Do not touch it
Remember or mark the location from a safe distance
Leave the area
Call 911 or local police as soon as possible.
The rest of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, including Wickaninnish Beach, remains open.
Superintendent, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
a new made-in Canada Surf Series from Vice and Red Bull
Vice and Red Bull Present a new made-in Canada Surf Series,
SURFS UP HERE
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
This is episode #1 of a six part series exploring Canada's extensive coastline. We start with the West and finish with the East check http://www.redbull.ca/ each Thursday and Monday for the next installment
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
The Honourable Fabian Manning
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
Senate of Canada
Dear Senator Manning,
I would like to thank the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans for its report Seeing the Light: Report on Staffed Lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia.
The Government thanks the Committee for its extensive work on this matter and appreciates its input. The Government has no plans to de-staff Lighthouses and since this matter has been examined extensively, there is no need for further study on this matter.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee for its work on this report.
Drum Surfboard by Jarom Speers [2012 Pacific Rim Whale Festival Grand Prize]
Drum Surfboards is a Ucluelet based company that designs and manufactures hollow wooden surfboards. Owner, Jarom Speers explains the construction that is similar to the wing of an airplane. A rib and stringer inner framework forms the shape and top deck, bottom deck and rails made from Ľ" planks of wood such as Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar are applied to the framework. The finish is 4oz fiberglass and epoxy.
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.
Jarom explains; that like him owning a Drum Surfboard might change your outlook on surfing. A hollow wooden surfboard if cared for properly can last a lifetime, is environmentally sustainable and can bring you a sense of harmony and synergy with the planet when riding or simply enjoying the natural beauty of a hollow wooden surfboard.
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 email@example.com
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
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."
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.
has a part in the upcoming Taylor Steele film, "Innersection" premiering worldwide Wednesday,
Sitka joins Pete’s sponsor roster of Hurley, Monster Energy, Reef, Storm Surf Shop, Clif Bar, Sobo
Restaurant, Nixon and D Surf.
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.
presented by HTO Surf Shop
Victoria Conference Centre 720 Douglas STreet Victoria, BC
Wednesday, Nov. 30th, 2011 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Prize Draws and Music by: DJ Murge
19+ (ID required) Tickets $15 at HTO - 1314 Broad St
$12 in advance
$15 at the door - If there are any left!
it's best to get in soon to get your Tickets - last year we sold out in 4 days and people who snoozed missed out....
Surfrider Vancouver Island is hosting our 3rd Annual Paddle Out for Public Access this Sunday November 20th at Jordan River
donations on behalf of Isaiah Oke's family collected at Salts Clothing in Victoria
Isaiah Oke 2000 Quiksilver/Roxy Summer Surf Jam
Isaiah Oke 2002 Roxy Quiksilver 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.
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
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
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.
more info at Surf Sister Surf School 1-877-724-7873
SUP race - Victoria Harbour
Oct 16, 2011
Come on by Ocean River for a fun afternoon of SUP racing. This short course is a recreational, all ages event.
Registration is only $10.00 and is available from 10:00am to 1:30pm the day of only.
Short Course Recreational, single heat race (2:30pm)
1824 Store Street, Victoria, BC
Parking is free on the street Sundays!
Race starts at 2:30pm
Bring your board and PFD, no board rentals will be available for the race.
for inquires; 1 250-381-4233
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session
Nov 1-5, 2011
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - November 1-5th.
details to follow.
entry and media contact.
Michael @ North Beach Surf Shop 250-626-SURF
PARKS CANADA INFORMATION BULLETIN
Parks Canada continues closure of Kennedy Lake day use area following cougar attack
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:
Keep dogs on a leash at all times
Never approach a cougar
Carry pepper spray and an airhorn
On first sight of a cougar:
Take aggressive action to scare it away immediately
Do not run
Maintain eye contact and create as much noise as possible
Wave arms to appear larger
Pick children up
Use pepper spray and airhorn if available
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 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.
The London Pub
700 Main St. Vancouver, B.C.
August 18th, 2011 8:30 p.m.
w/ Live Music by The Neu Music and DJ Vinyl Ritchie
Presented by Rip Curl, SBC Surf and Monster Energy.
Water's Edge Project Update
Water's Edge Project Update
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.
The project introduced three main programs in the community: The surf club, an environmental awareness course and recycling center, and four first aid stations. Together these programs will help the pueblo of Barra build and maintain a stronger, safer and cleaner costal community.
Surf Club Up And Running From the moment we arrived, the community of Barra showed interest and excitement for the Water’s Edge Project and were excited to see it get underway. The first program introduced was the "Surf Club". By establishing a community-run surf club, the local young surfers will have a chance to try out the latest surfboard technology. Also, by providing the club with a selection of board shapes and sizes, the local surfers will be able to find a surfboard shape that will help take their surfing to the next level. Six surfboards were donated along with materials to fix and maintain the boards.
It was really inspiring to see the kids so excited to set up the club and start using the boards. They selected two people to be in charge of checking out the boards for daily use. As the week went on, we had a chance to see that the Club was running smoothly all on its own.
Community and Beach Cleanup a Big Success The second part of the project established the environmental program. We were happy to meet a local named Pepe, who is a strong supporter of this program. Pepe is well respected in the community and became our environmental ambassador for the program. He helped us to organize the beach cleanup and recycling class. We also gave a talk at his restaurant about single use plastics and their impact on the environment. After the meeting, we handed out reusable water bottles for the kids to fill up. The group started the cleanup at the local sports field and then cleaned up along the road and ended at the beach. When we arrived at the beach, the Surf Club had organized some tourists to help with the cleanup. Together, we filled 30 bags of trash. We then separated the materials that could be recycled.
Recycling Unit Construction Near Completion After the cleanup, we talked to Pepe about building a recycling unit near the beach. He was really excited about the idea. Next, we went into Hualtulco and bought materials to build the recycling unit. By the end of our trip, the unit was almost completed. We arranged with the town of Huatulco to pick up the recycling every month. The money collected will go towards keeping the area garbage free and to help build more recycling units.
First Aid Stations In Place; Kits Being Distributed to Families and Schools The first aid program was established through the local doctor. Our interview with him helped us reaffirm the need for first aid supplies in the community so we set up four main first aid stations. The stations are now located at each school, Pepe’s restaurant and hostel and at the beach. Some locals helped make first aid signs to be hung at each location. With his medical background, Christian taught each recipient the importance of having the kit available for emergency use. He also explained about the contents in the kit and how to respond to an emergency situation. The doctor will distribute the 60 small kits to the local families.
Documentary in the Works The entire project was documented by Chris Hannant and will be made into a short documentary and screened later this year.
Thank You! We are thankful to all the support from everyone who made this project possible. Thanks to everyone who came to the fundraiser at Luz Gallery in July prior to our departure. Special thanks to our sponsors: Luz, Sitka, Coastline, HtO, Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, LaTaquisa, Electric, Rip Curl and Ainey Construction, Marc Alonzo, Chris Hannant Photography!
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
full version video [hit full screen]
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.
Sitka boys and girls package
Rip Curl wetsuit.
Watches from Nixon
Sunglasses from Electric eyewear
Gift certificates from Coastline
Gift certificates from HTO
Poster signed by Tony Hawk(Limited edition and also by Mark cunninham)
Skateboard(Longboard)by Gold coast
Head phones and bags by Nixon
and a few others.
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.
www.watersedgeproject.org The Waters Edge Project – Defending and nurturing environmental ambassadors to advocate and uphold cleaner and safer coastal communities.
For more info about the fundraiser email firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.
July 15- 17
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!
April 30, 2011
Strathcona Hotel Rooftop Surf Club
Fundraiser to send to Leah Oke the World Surfing Games in Panama
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:
A permanent washroom and change room facility;
Improved pedestrian and cyclist access;
Bear proof garbage and recycling receptacles;
Tsunami warning system; and
The installation of a pedestrian activated flashing crosswalk at the intersection of Lynn Road and Highway 4 is expected to take place during the same period.
Please attend and let your voice be heard that Staffed Lightstations are Essential for the Pacific North Coast management area
for more information contact
Jim Abram 250-285-3355 / 250-830-8005
Have a say in the future of your coast
Have a say in the future of your coast
The 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.
Skidegate – March 10. Skidegate Community Hall. Front Street.
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
Minister will still make the final decision
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.
On November 27th, 2010 at 7pm HtO will be hosting a double feature of “MELALI, The Drifter Sessions” then Taylor Steel’s “Innersection” at the Victoria Conference Center, on a massive 30ft screen. The event’s MC will be Tofino local and professional surfer Noah Cohen with special appearances by Pete Devries and Jeremy Koreski. The night will also comprise of an Art Show, music by DJ Anger, prize giveaways and a fully licensed bar.
Don’t miss this major Canadian surf event in support of our local surf industry talents, brought to you by Canada’s Oldest Surfshop.
$10.00 Tickets are on sale NOW at HtO or $15.00 at the door. Get yours sooner then later as they are limited and already selling fast!
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.
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.
Framed in reclaimed raw driftwood cedar hand built by Tyler Harris of Happy Valley.
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.
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
A permanent washroom and change room facility;
Improved pedestrian and cyclist access;
Bear proof garbage and recycling receptacles;
Tsunami warning system; and
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
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
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:
Boys Under 16 (can’t be older than 15 on Jan 01, 2010)
Boys Under 18 (can’t be older the 17 on Jan 01, 2010)
Girls Under 18 (can’t be older the 17 on Jan 01, 2010)
Men’s Amateur Short board
Women’s Short board
Groms 10 and under fun surf
There will be a maximum of 20 spots for Open Pro, which will have a prize purse of $2,500. There will be a maximum of 80 spots for non-pro divisions.
Registration: Open from Aug. 1-Aug. 14, 2010. You can register and any of the below surf shops:
Dacane Surf Shop
If Only Surf Shop
Kannon Beach Surf Shop
Rossignol Surf Shop
Out of town people can sign up by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is $25 for all classes, except for Open Pro which is $50.
Heats will be posted after registration closes on Aug. 14 on www.surfns.com
westcoasters Leah Oke, Pete Devries, & Noah Cohen placed well in the 2010 September Storm Surf Classic on Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia Saturday
RESULTS POSTED on http://www.surfns.com/
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.
- Hugh Patterson, Bryson Robertson and Ryan Robertson
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.
» 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.
Here is a break down of the night:
7:00 pm Doors open
8:00 pm - 9:30pm Live music
9:30 pm Special guests- including the Malloy brothers and Mary Osborn
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 email@example.com
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/
(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
Friday: To be announced.
Saturday: (The Kaloya Crossover) It’s a short, loop course that has two different races; one for the newbie’s and one for the experienced paddlers. Newbies will do a short 2-mile version of the course and the experienced paddlers will ‘crossover’ the land at Kaloya Park as part of their 6-mile loop course. The afternoon will feature a more casual atmosphere with sprint races for prizes, board demos, vendor expo, followed by dinner at Gatzke’s Farm Market .
Sunday: (King/Queen of Kalamalka) The day that we’ll see the King and Queen of Kalamalka Lake crowned. This is the long distance paddle and the first male and female to cross the length of Kalamalka Lake (from Oyama to Vernon) will be crowned. Expect the winning time to come in around 2 hours for the 9-mile trek – An amazing chance to see one of the world’s most beautiful lakes up close and personal.
Accommodations at Gatzke’s:
3 Cabins available (sleeps up to 6 people) *book now!
RV parking with no hookups
Contact Lindsay Wong at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Steve Bergh – President BC Lightkeepers Local 20232 PSAC
Alice Woods – Vice President
Chatham Pt Lt Stn
Box 187 Campbell River, BC
250 203 2421
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.
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.
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
girls, ladies ,women of all ages , free , skateboarder or not ...
clinic and skate jam .
we just want you all to come out .....and skate .
some of the S.L.A.G. girls will be stopping by on there way to winnipeg to show us there moves .
www.skatelikeagirl.com / www.thesideproject.com
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:
Surf Rider Foundation, Monster Energy, Reef, Spy, Second Wave, Pacific Boarder and Karv Restaurant.
Winning Red Bull Flugtag Team "Surf and the City" donates winnings to host Big Sisters group
Big Sisters of BC at a Roxy Surf Camp in Tofino hosted by Bruhwiler Surf School
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.
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.
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.
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
posted:Oct/02/2008 Anyone interested in joining the Calgary Paddle Board club is asked to call Lisa Then 403 685-4600 for information and sign up. The Calgary Paddle Board Club, in conjunction with Starboard and red Nik Surf Co, will be holding clinics and demo's next Spring. Paddle boarding is growing fast and is a great form of exercise. So join up.
We will have ladies specific demos and learn to paddle board nights as well.
Jordan River land deal
» Stop the Jordan River land deal » minister Rich Coleman cleared of conflict-of-interest in handling of Western Forests Products file
» Jordan River info, Autumn 2007 links to current & past news stories + maps of areas SOLD out from under us
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.
There will be a Public Memorial on 8/25 @ 7pm @ Waimea Falls Park on Oahu, Hawaii.
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
By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer July 29, 2008
Bud Browne, known as “the father of surf films,” began shooting footage on 8- and 16-millimeter cameras in the late 1940s. He screened his first film, the 45-minute-long “Hawaii Surfing Movies,” in California beach towns in 1953. Admission cost 65 cents.
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
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!
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.
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
PRO-AM Peter Devries
JUNIORS CC Under-Mayor
GROM Janek Peladeau
GIRLS Leah Oke
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 www.surfridervancouver.org . The first exhibition kicks-off on April 13th within the BRAVE Art Whistler event.
Pete Devries @ Jeep-Body Glove Surfbout 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).
after-party at The Red Jacket (751 View St.) at 8pm where Stewart will present new HD underwater footage
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.
Monday, March 19th, 7 PM
Crossroads Bar & Grill at Colwood Corners (old Colwood Sports Pub).
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
Zach Wormhoudt/Jake Wormhoudt, Shane Desmond/Tyler Fox, Peter Mel/Anthony Tashnick, Jeff Clark/Mike Brummett, Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft, Vince Broglio/Richard Schmidt, Raph Bruhwiler/Peyo Lazarazu, Don Curry/Jason Garding, Skindog Collins/Josh Loya, Ross Clarke-Jones/Ian Walsh, Shawn “Barney” Barron/Daryl Flea Virostko, Greg Long/Rusty Long, Kelly Slater/TBD, Tim Hinton/Mark Builder, Shane Dorian/TBD, Andrew Kell/Ed Guzman
Memorial for Jim Sadler
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
shrink will be playing @ the media club Sunday Dec10 8pm proceeds to the surfrider foundation
Sponsors Pacific Boarder and Second Wave. Prizes, DJ shakedown
» 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!
» 2006 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic - Lincoln City, Oregon: Oct 1 - Dec 31
Zach Wormhoudt/Jake Wormhoudt, Shane Desmond/Tyler Fox, Peter Mel/Anthony Tashnick, Jeff Clark/Mike Brummett, Adam Replogle/Alistair Craft, Vince Broglio/Richard Schmidt, Raph Bruhwiler/Peyo Lazarazu, Don Curry/Jason Garding, Skindog Collins/Josh Loya, Ross Clarke-Jones/Ian Walsh, Shawn “Barney” Barron/Daryl Flea Virostko, Greg Long/Rusty Long, Kelly Slater/TBD, Tim Hinton/Mark Builder, Shane Dorian/TBD, Andrew Kell/Ed Guzman
October 19th, 2006
Globe Surf Film Screening - Secret Machine
When: October 19th - 9pm
Where: 5th Avenue Cinemas - 2110 Burrard St @ 5th
Admission: only $2.00 includes 1 raffle draw ticket
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
the next Surfboard Swap is this Saturday Aug 05 from 9am to 12pm at the Surf Sister backyard.
Anyone can bring a board to sell, any kind of board (also wetsuits!) and especially longboards! You don't have to trade or swap boards, just bring your old or new board, put a price on it and stick around to try to sell it to someone. That's it. Simple! I know there are a lot of people looking to buy a board for the summer and I don't want them to be deterred by thinking they must have a board to bring to the swap, you don't. Just come and look around and see if you can find a board you like.
Spread the word!
Bring any of your surfboards, dust off those boards sitting in the closet, come and find a NEW board to ride!
Date: - Saturday Aug 05 (and the first Saturday of each month)
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!
Pete Devries Sooruz Lacanau Pro - France
August 14-20, 2006
Pete Devries - 6 STAR WQS Sooruz Lacanau Pro, Aug/14/2006 - Photo:Masurel/ASPEurope.com
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
Pete Devries Us Open of Surfing - Huntington Beach
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 I had an interesting day yesterday. I showed up in the morning to the PA announcer calling for an alternate to fill in for heat number 3. I had an equal 9th in the trials so they said I would be one of the first 4 alternates to get in based on our total score for the round. I check in with the beach marshal as I watch Dusty Payne frantically putting on his wetsuit, and as things in the surf world tend to do it's all changed. They were now telling me that the trails were a separate event that didn't have anything to do with the US Open, and that the alternate list was based on your seeding for the event.(Which is based on last years ratings). Needless to say I was pissed off! The highest alternates had the highest seed in the trials and equal opportunity to make it into the main event through the trials, but even the guys that got two 2's and lost first round were at the top of the list ahead of people who made heats. Another thing was that none of the alternates knew this was the case so they didn't show up. It was a good thing for me. I ended up 21st on the list but only 3 guys ahead of me came down to the beach so I got in at the end of the day in heat 19. With four minutes left in heat 18 they started calling alternates so I went down and they said I was in. The frantic suit up, run down the beach, and paddle out ensued with 2 minutes left to get out there. As I sat down out the back my adrenaline was pumping and I was in no shape to surf a good heat. i ended up calming down enough to put a couple turns together on two lefts to barely advance through to the round of 144. Now I have a rematch against Chris Ward so I'm really excited!
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 I lost in the last couple seconds in the round of 16 so I placed 9th in the trials. They didn't have it on the net for some reason...The top 8 make it into the main event so I will be one of the first alternates. With 192 guys in the event I should get in. I just have to go down to the beach and wait until someone misses a heat.
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
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.
June 30th-Free kids surf and kayak camp for local Quileute Indian kids and for the kids of Forks Washington.
July 1st –Surf contest at First Beach La Push Washington. Short board, Long board, Women’s, and Kayak. Hand carved wood paddles by local Indian artist “Grey Eagle” will be awarded to all first place finishers. HUGE prize bags for all finalists. All contestants get a “Surfing and Traditions” t-shirt, free breakfast, and a raffle ticket all for a small entry fee of $20.00. Beach entry the day of the event will be $30.00. The surf contest will end with a traditional style Indian salmon bake and native drumming hosted by the Quileute Indian tribe. HUGE product raffle and all money will go back into the Quileute Youth Advocate program.
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.
1st Peter Devries
2nd Noah Cohen
1st Leah Oke
2nd Shandy Kariatsumari
Junior (it was an all Canadian final)
1st CC Unger-Mayor
2nd Noah Cohen
3rd Ryan Cameron
3rd Angus Tokarek
3rd Mike Redpath
still waiting for full official results
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)
Air Canada carries the following sports equipment as excess baggage at a reduced fee.
Surfboards There is a fixed handling charge for the carriage of surfboards anywhere Air Canada flies: $65 CAD/$ 50 USD - One Way.
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.
Canoes/Hang Gliders/Kayaks/Luges/Polevaults/Windsurfers These items are not accepted as checked baggage.
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
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 3264 Beta Ave.
Burnaby, BC V5G 4K4
604-298-5492 x. 5268 or 1-800-661-1885
Sombrio Beach Documentary
Port Renfrew Jan 28
Victoria Jan 29 & Feb 2
Nanaimo Feb 18
Saltspring Mar 3-5
» Documentary about Sombrio Beach premiers at Victoria Independent Film Festival.
Vancouver Island filmmaker Paul Manly will be premiering his latest documentary film Sombrio at the twelfth annual Victoria Independent Film Festival. Sombrio documents the end of a diverse community of surfers and squatters that existed on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island for more than thirty years. It captures some of the residents over a two-year period and reveals their personal stories and convictions as they come to terms with their impending eviction.
"…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.
There will also be a private screening in Port Renfrew on Saturday the 28th at the community center for the people who are in the doc.
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!!
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
» 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
» Jan/08/2006 After advancing 4 rounds, Pete's run ended yesterday with a 4th place in the round of 128 at the 4 star Globe Sebastian Inlet Pro in Florida. He required only a 4.61 wave to advance to the next rd but he came up a little short near theend of the heat after maxing out on his wave count (15) with a 3.90. Pete will be either competing at the upcoming 2 star O & E Winter Classic in Huntington (Jan 25-29) or the 4 star Monster Energy Pro at Pipeline. Congratulations Pete for doing so well to kick off the year and best of luck for the rest of the '06 season!
Raph Bruhwiler has been invited and is scheduled to come.
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.
» Update Nov/01/2005 on Long Beach Lodge Resort and proposed development.
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:
Long Beach Lodge and Pacific Sands Resort have both opened up their parking lots to surf schools to enable them to provide access to Cox Bay while enhancing their ability to run their businesses and ensure a safer surfing environment.
The Pettingers have agreed to support Long Beach Lodge Resort’s efforts to move public access from the Longboard Development to Maltby Road, where access –though limited- already exists. We are prepared to help fund improvements and have submitted a plan to the municipal planner and council for their review. It is also our understanding that Chris LeFevre, is in support of this alternative solution to better access.
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.
Long Beach Lodge Resort has come onboard as a sponsor of the BC Surfing Association in support of local surfers who are building a reputation on the national and international surfing circuit and will assist in hosting an upcoming surfing competition in 2006. This is along with our current sponsorship of the Raincoast Interpretive Centre (Gold Sponsor) the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and upcoming Clayoquot Oyster Festival. We also assisted with funding for last summer's Tall Ships Celebration.
In addition Long Beach Lodge Resort has also supported the creation of a skateboard park, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Tofino General Hospital Palliative Care.
The Longboard Project is progressing through the rezoning process with the District of Tofino and our concerns regarding the proposed development are as follows:
As part of the project design, the developer has proposed a 30-vehicle public parking lot and public beach access via a pathway. However unless this pathway is relocated it will negatively impact Long Beach Lodge Resort, due to privacy issues.
Also, the proposed 30 –stall paved parking lot and paved pathway will see a number of trees removed from a site that is already impacted due to the resort development. The parking lot and pathway will also occupy an area very close to a fish-bearing waterway. At this time there is no indication of the appropriate environmental impact studies, including a tree survey, being undertaken prior to rezoning being approved.
We are also concerned that the project is being processed in two phases: the rezoning of the site, followed by the approval of a development permit for the project. In most jurisdictions, this project would be deemed sufficiently large and complex enough to apply for both rezoning and development permit so they can be processed at the same time.
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
Long Beach Lodge Resort
Deirdre Campbell, Public Relations
Long Beach Lodge Resort
Phone: 250-592-3838 or 250-882-9199
» Update October 24, 2005 at the District of Tofino Council
2. Chris LeFevre, LeFevre & Co.
Owner/Applicant: 1431 Pacific Rim Highway Inc.
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.
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
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:
a new arena with 2300+ seats as the 2010 Olympics are not far away.
State of the art weight room with Physio and Chiro.
8 lane pool not sure if it will be 25m or 50m yet
Therapy pool, lazy river
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:
Flow Rider . Standup 77' x 40'
Flow Rider with Action River Standup 138' x 175'
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.
CoastalBC Notes » ChecK ouTTons of info and videos at http://www.flowrider.com/ » Flowriders jet a shallow sheet of water up and over a rolling wave shaped bottom [padded fabric].
» You cannot use surfboards or bodyboards on them cause the fins will slash the Ride Surface.
» You use supplied soft boards and most people ride prone.
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.
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.
Four stories from what one author describes as ‘The Last Coast’. Surfing is big here, like everything else, but wilderness dominates so it almost always feels empty. Sometimes the waves are huge, perfect and heavy, but they’re always, always cold. Watch out for whale, heavy locals and the occasional stray Bigfoot.
Words: Jon Coen, Malcolm Johnson, James Wormell, Grant Shilling
Photos: Jeremy Koreski, Adrian Dorst, Patrick Trefz.
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.
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.
"We have insurance!"
"Our instructors are highly trained!"
"We provide the best equipment on the market!"
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.