Tofino is a gem of the Pacific Northwest. It amazes me that this this costal tiny town can boast everything from forest to sandy beaches. The town has impressive beer, food, and coffee too!
I was STOKED to surf. Tofino is on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which makes it perfect for surfing all year round, too.
(Our group rented gear from Wya Surf – highly recommend it for slightly cheaper gear and great service, they were really laid back with our rental return times and accommodating of our large group)
We drove to Long Beach, a place that’s rightly named for its seemingly endless, white sandy beach. It’s a popular place for locals and also a great place for spotting whales because they make their migration every spring and fall.
Being in a full wetsuit and booties were new for me. I’ve surfed several times in Hawaii but that the water was warm enough that whatever bathing suit you were wearing was plenty.
I had mentally prepared myself for being freezing, but surprisingly I was completely ok. I wasn’t cold or uncomfortable in the water. The only not-so-great experience was taking the wetsuit off, or even worse trying to put it back on when it’s still wet.
“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.” Kelly Slater
Surfing is probably the greatest teacher of patience. So much of the sport is sitting and waiting, but if you find joy in being patient, I think you can truly cultivated an appreciation for the sport. The thrill of catching a wave, the cleansing feeling of salt water on your body, admiration for the ocean in it’s power and beauty – all surf.
Surf is also sweet because you build up a huge appetite to eat delicious tacos and drink lots of incredible tasting beer.
Our day was packed from one adventure to the next.
At the end of the day, I was thankful to set up camp along the beach and spend our evening around more food and campfires.