surfing

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”

 

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)

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

 

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)

Vancouver Island 2-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)
Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.

Canadian surf champions crowned at Cox Bay in Tofino

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

Shea Bruhwiler, 13, bested a field of 40 athletes to claim the top spot in the Open Men’s.
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)
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)
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 on Vancouver Island shores

“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
Harry Weiler, who was diagnosed with Leukemia, embraces a friend during the sail past. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff) (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Kite surfers gather for ‘sail past’ tribute for fellow kiter battling cancer

Harry Weiler, family and friends watched as at least two dozen kite surfers took to the water

Harry Weiler, who was diagnosed with Leukemia, embraces a friend during the sail past. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff) (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
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)

Tofino beachgoers ‘horrified’ by jet-skis in surf zone

Online video of Sea-Doo operating within 50 metres of neophyte surfers causes alarm

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)
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

Tyler Turner finished ninth at 2020 AmpSurf ISA World Para Surfing Championship in California

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 ride spectacular wave into the New Year

“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)

Island surfer Jasmine Porter wins elite California competition

“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)

All-female surf contest has women and girls riding strong wave

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

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)