Primetime Surf Waves + Events on Now
While it’s officially the first day of fall, Tofino has declared it an “Endless Summer” with Surf Season in full-throttle.
Whether you’re an enthusiastic soon-to-be surfer, a seasoned wave-rider, or happy spectator, Tofino is where you want to be for kicked-up waves and events now through October!
As Canada’s Surf Capital, Tofino is renowned for its year round surf-appeal, miles of sandy surf-able beaches, relentlessly awesome world-class waves, and top teaching expertise including Surf Sister – a cool crew of accredited, female instructors that specialize in fun.
Best news is, you can find Surf Sister onsite at our Surf Shack – a place to check-in for your lesson, rent boards, store your own, shower up post-surf, or simply hang-out around the fire-pit and talk waves.
To really capture what’s in store this month and next, we talked to Krissy Montgomery – owner of Surf Sister – the BCASI accredited surf school that’s been making waves in Tofino since 2003.
“Around here, we celebrate the changing of seasons because fall brings waves that really put Tofino on the map. In fact, Cox Bay is arguably the best surf beach in Canada,” states Krissy with her knowing grin.
“So not surprisingly, the new Surf Shack here at Pacific Sands is twice as busy as when we opened last summer, which is why it’s important to pre-book because word’s out and the surf is perfect right now.
"As for our upcoming Queen of the Peak Women’s Surf Championships starting September 30th, we’re now full except for the Princess portion of the competition. It’s grown into such an exciting and fun event for participants and spectators. We can’t wait!”
More on what’s coming up in September and October in Tofino:
West Coast Weird-Off – Sept 24
Organized by the “Cold Feet Club,” this first-time event on Chesterman Beach is described as an “anti-contest,” complete with costume in “anything-but-a-board” categories. More info.
Queen of the Peak Women’s Surf Championships – Sept 30 to Oct 2
It’s all about big waves, big talent, and girl-power at this annual all-female surf contest when women (and “Princesses” under 16) compete in long an shortboard events. More info.
2nd Annual West Coast SUP Symposium – Sept 30 to Oct 2
Weekend events include SUP surfing, touring and learning new skills. Partake in Paddle Canada skill and maintenance clinics, meet other paddlers and explore west coast paddling. More info.
Endless Summer movie screening – Oct 1, 8:00pm @ Clayoquot theatre
We weren’t kidding when we threw that line out in the intro. Not only does Tofino keep the summer surfing vibe going through October, it’s the 50th anniversary of the iconic Endless Summer movie – a flick that changed everything in the surf world as we know it. Check out the trailer to see what we mean.
Surfrider Outdoor Short Film Fest – Oct 9
This short film program is screening films made for environmental and social justice causes. All proceeds go towards the purchase of video gear for Surfrider Foundation Pacific Rim Chapter initiative. More info.
Tofino Paddle & Surf Championships – Oct 21 to 23
A fun, competitive event for talented and committed standup paddle surfers in Canada and beyond. More info.
PS: When you come, be sure to check out the Tofino Boardwalk, a collection of 20 uniquely cool surfboards beautified by Tofino artists. There's even a contest featuring a 2-night stay right here at Pacific Sands.
Photo compliments of Surf Sister.
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