Surf’s Up! Ride the Waves of the Pacific Rim in Tofino

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Whether you are a certified surfing enthusiast, or you plan to take up this water sport as a weekend hobby, look no further. At Tofino BC, you can surf all you want, all year round. The beaches of Tofino opens up to the Pacific Ocean, which makes it a perfect surfing destination for people who want to experience firsthand the raw power of the Pacific.With a stunning backdrop of majestic mountains and breathtaking views, it’s the perfect place for that authentic wilderness surfing experience. No wonder its one of the most popular getaways on Vancouver Island.

Ride the Waves All Year Round

Known as the surfing capital of Canada, a 30-minute ride from downtown Tofino will take you to the heart of its surf town. With its consistent all year round beach break conditions, it’s an ideal place for novices and expert level surfers. The waters of Tofino is known to be a bit chilly, but with the latest technology in wetsuits today, you can keep comfortably warm while you focus on riding those world-class waves. The water temperatures can range from 20°C or possibly warmer during the summer season to 4°C in the winter. So if you want to spend some quality in the water, Neoprene is definitely the order of the day.

If you are planning a weekend getaway, there are a number of surfing schools that offer wetsuit and surfboard rentals as well as basic surfing lessons. If you are a beginner, make sure to take a crash course first before you brave the waves so you understand the dangers, etiquette, and local conditions of this sport. The certified instructors will also teach you the proper surfing techniques and ocean safety.

Among the most famous beaches with big breaks include Wickaninnish Beach, Florencia Bay, Long Beach, Long Beach, Tonquin Beach and Mackenzie Beach. Whether you are simply looking for entertaining Vancouver Island retreats, or an exciting adventure of a lifetime, Tofino is sure to dish up an exhilarating weekend any time of the year.

Tofino Surf Schools and Shops

Here are some of the popular Tofino surf schools and equipment outfitters and rentals that can easily accommodate the needs of experts as well as beginners:

Island Longboards
3464 Brittain Boulevard, Qualicum Beach, BC
Toll Free: 1.800.726-4210
Email: shop@islandlongboards.com
Website: www.islandlongboards.com
Bruhwiler Surfschool
311 Olsen Road, Tofino, BC
Phone: (250) 726-5481
Email: bruhwilersurf@msn.com
Website: www.bruhwilersurf.com

Long Beach Surf Shop
630 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
Phone: 250.725-3800
Email: info@longbeachsurfshop.com
Website: www.longbeachsurfshop.com
Live to Surf
1180 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Phone: 250.725-4464
Email: info@livetosurf.com
Website: www.livetosurf.com

Pacific Surf School
430 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
Phone: 250.725-2155
Email: info@pacificsurfschool.com
Website: www.pacificsurfschool.com

Tofino Surf School
566 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
Phone: 250.725-2711
Email: surfer@tofinosurfschool.ca
Website: www.tofinosurfschool.ca

Surf Sister Surf School
625 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC
Phone: (250) 725-4456
Toll Free: 1-877-724-SURF
Email: info@surfsister.com
Website: www.surfsister.com

Westside Surf School
1180 Pacific Rim Highway, Tofino, BC
Phone: 250.725-2404
Email: info@westsidesurfschool.com
Website: www.westsidesurfschool.com

Getting to Tofino

By Land

  • From Victoria, Tofino is 321 KM (199 miles)
  • From Nanaimo, Tofino is 208 KM (129 miles)
  • If you plan to take the bus, Tofino Bus offers regular trips from Nanaimo and Victoria

By Sea

  • From Quay in Port Alberni via MV Frances Barkely or MV Lady Rose

By Air

  • Tofino-Ucluelet Airport (YAZ)
  • Orca Air offers daily flights to YAZ from Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver

Republished under Creative Commons License from West Coast Aquatic Safaris, an acclaimed Bear Watching, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Cove Tour Co & Marine Charter Co in Tofino, BC on the famed west coast of Vancouver Island. Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

Publisher of Amazing Vancouver Island. Doug grew up in Kamloops and Vancouver. He is also the President of KIAI Angency, an Internet Marketing and Branding agency in Vancouver. He is an avid photographer and you can see his many pix of Vancouver Island on Flickr.

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