Surfing

Jordan River kite surfer Frances Kelly placed second at the GKA Kite World Tour stop in Morocco, her first ever final event in the sport. (Courtesy of Romantsovaphoto)

Vancouver Island kite surfer finishes second in world tour stop in Morocco

Frances Kelly earned her best-ever finish despite two years of no competition during COVID

 

Tofino surfer Ocea Green, 13, unleashes during the Princess of the Peak final at Cox Bay on Sunday, Oct. 2. (Nora O’Malley photos)

Tofino’s Queen of the Peak surf contest roars back to Cox Bay

Winners in the shortboard and longboard scored a $3,000 prize purse

 

BEACH DAYS ARE THE BEST: Little Juniper Newman, 3, and dad Pete catch a wave during an expression session at the Sept. 24 Bruhwiler Kids Classic Surf Classic at Cox Bay. See more photos of the fun beach day on Page 15. (Nora O’Malley photos)

PHOTOS: 2022 Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic in Tofino

The future of Canadian surfing is bright (once the fog clears)

 

Mułaa surf team members throw shakas in front of their new surf shed at Esowista at the north end of Long Beach. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Introducing Mułaa, Canada’s Indigenous surf team

“My kids didn’t know they loved surfing because they didn’t have the equipment and now they do”

Mułaa surf team members throw shakas in front of their new surf shed at Esowista at the north end of Long Beach. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)

Canada wins historic Junior surf medal at an international competition

Erin Brooks, 14, nabs Gold for Team Canada at the ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador

Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)
Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)

Canada wins historic Junior surf medal at an international competition

Erin Brooks, 14, nabs Gold for Team Canada at the ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador

Erin Brooks is carried out of the surf after winning the Girls U-16 Final on June 5. (Sean Evans / ISA photo)
EAST COAST CREW: Mom Lisa Scott flies the Nova Scotia flag as her daughter Juniper Balch, front in the yellow jersey, and Tofino’s Chloe Platenius ride waves during the semi final of the Under 16 Girls division at Cox Bay on Sunday. (Nora O’Malley photos)

History made at 15th edition of the Rip Curl Pro Nationals in Tofino

The 2022 Rip Curl Pro Nationals was unlike anything that’s come before

EAST COAST CREW: Mom Lisa Scott flies the Nova Scotia flag as her daughter Juniper Balch, front in the yellow jersey, and Tofino’s Chloe Platenius ride waves during the semi final of the Under 16 Girls division at Cox Bay on Sunday. (Nora O’Malley photos)
A beginner surfer takes five after catching fun summer waves at bustling Cox Bay Beach. (Westerly file photo)

New tax for Tofino surf schools strengthens call for lifeguards

Surf schools are being asked to pay a minimum annual rent of $500 to the province

A beginner surfer takes five after catching fun summer waves at bustling Cox Bay Beach. (Westerly file photo)
Ucluelet surfer David Schiaffino beams with his award for winning the 2021 Rip Curl Pro Nationals men’s longboard division. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Two-time Canadian surf champ joins World Longboard tour

West Coast Shapes Ukee co-founder David Schiaffino set to take on world’s best

Ucluelet surfer David Schiaffino beams with his award for winning the 2021 Rip Curl Pro Nationals men’s longboard division. (Nora O’Malley photo)
2021 Pro Women’s champ Mathea Olin hoists her giant cheque for $2000 at the awards ceremony on Sept. 26. Her sister Sanoa Olin came second, Jasmine Porter was third and Catherine Bruhwiler was fourth. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Canadian surf champions crowned at Cox Bay

Titles awarded in men’s / women’s Pro, Open, U18, U16 and Longboard

2021 Pro Women’s champ Mathea Olin hoists her giant cheque for $2000 at the awards ceremony on Sept. 26. Her sister Sanoa Olin came second, Jasmine Porter was third and Catherine Bruhwiler was fourth. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)

Rip Curl Pro Surf Canada Nationals return to Cox Bay Tofino

National titles will be awarded in five divisions for both males and females

A then 14-year-old Reed Platenius gets carried off the beach and onto the podium after winning back-to-back events at the 12th annual Rip Curl Pro Tofino at Cox Bay in 2018. (Westerly file photo)
After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)

2X World Para Surf Champion Victoria Feige eyes Paralympic gold beyond Tokyo 2020

Para surfers will have to wait a few more years before they can compete in the Paralympic Games

After a fun surf at Long Beach, adaptive surfer Victoria Feige brought out her shiny World Championship gold medals for friends to see. (Nora O’Malley photo)
This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve before being torn down after the program was axed by Parks Canada in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)

Witness to fatal drowning near Tofino urges return of lifeguards

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve says there are no plans to bring back Surf Guard program

This surf guard tower looked over Lovekin Rock in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve before being torn down after the program was axed by Parks Canada in 2012. (Photo - Andrew Bailey)
Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino surf photographer Marcus Paladino releases first book

Cold Comfort pays tribute to the past 10 years of wave riding on Canada’s West Coast

Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Tofino surf photographer Marcus Paladino releases first book

Cold Comfort pays tribute to the past 10 years of wave riding on Canada’s West Coast

Marcus Paladino shows off his new book Cold Comfort. He dedicated the work to his fiancée (and copyeditor) Nora Morrison. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Tyson Touchie, with wife Anita Charleson-Touchie, throws a shaka in the face of having to close his surf shop located at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Disheartening closeout for Indigenous owned surf shop

Found at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction, Wya Point Surf Shop was cruising towards its 10th anniversary

Tyson Touchie, with wife Anita Charleson-Touchie, throws a shaka in the face of having to close his surf shop located at the Tofino-Ucluelet Junction. (Nora O’Malley photo)
2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)

Canada’s top surfers return to competition

“It felt so good to be back in a jersey competition and it made me realize how much I miss it.”

2020 Rip Curl Hometown Showdown women’s champ Mathea Olin and men’s champ Peter Devries. (Bryanna Bradley photo)
Surfing at Sombrio River is said to be best in October. Mandatory credit: Fiona Anderson/Triumph Social Media

Surfing Sombrio: One of B.C.’s most popular beaches

The evolution of one of the West Coast’s most popular surfing beaches

  • Nov 2, 2020
Surfing at Sombrio River is said to be best in October. Mandatory credit: Fiona Anderson/Triumph Social Media
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)