Surfing

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

 

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.”

 

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

 

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)
Campbell River’s Tyler Turner competes in the men’s kneel qualification round of the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship on March 11 in La Jolla, California. Turner finished ninth overall. Photo by Pablo Jimenez/ISA

Vancouver Islander among world’s best para surfers

Campbell River’s Tyler Turner finished ninth at 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship

Campbell River’s Tyler Turner competes in the men’s kneel qualification round of the 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship on March 11 in La Jolla, California. Turner finished ninth overall. Photo by Pablo Jimenez/ISA
Local windsurfer Jesse Jared Cohen performs an off the lip aerial at South Chesterman Beach on Jan. 1,2020. (Natalie Weeks photo)

Vancouver Island windsurfers revel in adrenaline on Jan. 1

“I saw the forecast and went to bed well before midnight on New Year’s Eve to be up early.”

Local windsurfer Jesse Jared Cohen performs an off the lip aerial at South Chesterman Beach on Jan. 1,2020. (Natalie Weeks photo)
Jasmine Porter clutches a two tiered trophy in front of the San Clemente pier. Porter earned the prize for winning her first U16 girls shortboard division at a Dec. 8 Western Surfing Association event held in San Clemente. (Keanna Hasz photo)

Canadian junior surfer Jasmine Porter wins Western Surfing Association contest

“People aren’t going to give you waves. You have to be pretty aggressive.”

Jasmine Porter clutches a two tiered trophy in front of the San Clemente pier. Porter earned the prize for winning her first U16 girls shortboard division at a Dec. 8 Western Surfing Association event held in San Clemente. (Keanna Hasz photo)
PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino hosts 10th annual Queen of the Peak Women’s Surfing Championships at Cox Bay

“It truly takes a community to run an event like this and I couldn’t be more proud.”

PRINCESS OF THE PEAK: Tofino teen Keanna Hasz, 15, gets chaired off the beach by friends Jasmine Porter and Toby Theriault after winning the under-16 division of the tenth annual Queen of Peak. Hasz defeated Aqua Bruhwiler, Serena Porter, and Chloe Platenius to claim her first-ever Princess of the Peak title and a $500 prize purse. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Blake Bruhwiler, 4, howls with joy as her dad Sepp pushes her on a wave. (Nora O’Malley Photos)

PHOTOS: 2019 Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic in Tofino

Scores of neoprene clad kids hit North Chesterman Beach on Saturday, Sept.…

Blake Bruhwiler, 4, howls with joy as her dad Sepp pushes her on a wave. (Nora O’Malley Photos)
BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)

Island surfer wins historic medal for Canada

Tofino’s Mathea Dempfle-Olin wins bronze at Pan Am Games

BRONZED: Tofino surfer Mathea Dempfle-Olin balances on the nose of her longboard during the last day of surf competition at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Dempfle-Olin went on to win a historic bronze medal in the women’s longboard division. Her podium performance marks Canada’s first-ever surfing medal at the Pan Am Games. (Pablo Jiménez Photo)
Tofino surfers Kyten Traviss, right, and Kaz Westcott pose with a self-shaped surfboard at Vans Beach Day on June 15. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)

Musings from surfers about surfboards

“I tried to make it so it was easy to get into waves and not too floaty so you could duck dive it.”

Tofino surfers Kyten Traviss, right, and Kaz Westcott pose with a self-shaped surfboard at Vans Beach Day on June 15. (Nora OMalley / Westerly News)
Team Canada longboarders from left: Lydia Ricard, Liv Stokes, Asia Dryden, and Christian Thomson on the beach in Biarritz, France for the 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. (Photo: ISA/Pablo Jimenez)

Team Canada clinches 13th at 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship

“This was our strongest team ever and our best result.”

Team Canada longboarders from left: Lydia Ricard, Liv Stokes, Asia Dryden, and Christian Thomson on the beach in Biarritz, France for the 2019 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship. (Photo: ISA/Pablo Jimenez)
Surf Canada men’s olympic pathway team celebrate with a hard earned Corona after an epic morning of competition at Wickaninnish Beach on May 14. From left: Sean Foerster, Cody Young, Shane Campbell, and Peter Devries. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino athletes Devries, Olin selected for Surf Canada Olympic pathway team

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before any of us qualify for the Olympics.”

Surf Canada men’s olympic pathway team celebrate with a hard earned Corona after an epic morning of competition at Wickaninnish Beach on May 14. From left: Sean Foerster, Cody Young, Shane Campbell, and Peter Devries. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
GOLDEN OLIN: Tofino surfer Sanoa Dempfle-Olin gets carried out of the surf by teammates Jasmine Porter and Keanna Hasz after winning the U18 girls division of the 2019 Rip Curl Nationals. Sanoa, 13, also took second place in the U16 girls and claimed bronze in the open women’s shortboard. Her older sister Mathea won gold in the U16 and placed fourth in the open women’s shortboard. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)

Surf Canada Nationals coming to Wick Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“We have a really good thing going here with Surf Canada.”

Tofino’s Peter Devries, left, exits the water alongside fellow Tofino surfer Michael Darling during the final heat of 2018’s Surf Canada Nationals. Devries will conted for his ninth Canadian title at Wickaninnish Beach on May 10-12. (Westerly File Photo)
Ocean Legacy Foundation’s Chloé Dubois, left, Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Lilly Woodbury, founder of Barnacle Babes Jodi Mossop, free diver Rose Molina, and “She is the Ocean” director and producer Inna Blokhina led an inspired panel discussion after the March 1 screening at the Tofino Legion. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

‘She is the Ocean’ premieres in Tofino

“Every hero in this film has a very beautiful story and a very beautiful soul.”

Ocean Legacy Foundation’s Chloé Dubois, left, Surfrider Pacific Rim’s Lilly Woodbury, founder of Barnacle Babes Jodi Mossop, free diver Rose Molina, and “She is the Ocean” director and producer Inna Blokhina led an inspired panel discussion after the March 1 screening at the Tofino Legion. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Tofino and Ucluelet’s best sports stories of 2018

Tofino and Ucluelet’s best sports stories of 2018

The West Coast’s athletes filled 2018 with flair, personal achievements and competitive success.

  • Jan 13, 2019
Tofino and Ucluelet’s best sports stories of 2018
Team Canada athletes enjoyed warm weather and big waves at the 2018 Pan American Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru. (Surf Canada Photo)

Canadian Surf Team take on the Americas at Pan Am Games in Peru

270 athletes from 20 countries partake in Olympic 2020 qualifier.

Team Canada athletes enjoyed warm weather and big waves at the 2018 Pan American Surfing Games in Punta Hermosa, Peru. (Surf Canada Photo)
Queen of the Peak co-founder Krissy Montgomery, right, offers her cheery support for young Princess of the Peak surfers Cadence, left, Ava, Jade, and Isla. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Tofino’s Queen of the Peak surf competition fosters youth empowerment

“If I was seven years old and I was watching this, I would be so inspired to get out there.”

Queen of the Peak co-founder Krissy Montgomery, right, offers her cheery support for young Princess of the Peak surfers Cadence, left, Ava, Jade, and Isla. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)
Peter Devries flies above the lip of a wave during the 2018 National Surf Championships held at Wickaninnish Beach in May. Devries went on to win his eighth national title. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)

Devries leads Team Canada to World Surfing Games

Canadian team excited to compete in Japan against 42 of the world’s best surfing nations.

Peter Devries flies above the lip of a wave during the 2018 National Surf Championships held at Wickaninnish Beach in May. Devries went on to win his eighth national title. (Nora O’Malley / Westerly News)