Tofino and points NW

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by NWSquid, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Who among you has surfed Vancouver Island (Canada)? I'm in the NW (Oregon) but have never ventured much north of the Columbia River. I'm planning a road trip to B.C. in late September or early October for at least 5 days and will be flexible to the swell. Tofino is the obvious choice to base out of, but does anyone have any first-hand insight on the area?
     

  2. EmassSpicoli

    EmassSpicoli Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2013
    kidrock and mattybrews may chime in here
     
  3. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Been to Tofino twice, but never caught it firing. The ferry ride and subsequent drive from Victoria can give one a jetlag effect. Beautiful scenery. The water is usually a couple of degrees warmer than Northern WA, believe it or not. Some Japanese current, or something like that. Cox Bay and Chesterman Beach are the main spots. Don't try to find surf in Ucluelet, the town south. It's an Indian rez and too rocky to surf. North of Tofino supposedly has some spots, but you're on your own out there.

    Not nearly as much localism as the Van Island breaks in the Strait, and there's a few really good surfers in town.

    Hit me up on your way up. Sept/Oct will probably be the right time for my local. You're welcome to crash here for a night. Bring Deschutes.

    http://www.surfingvancouverisland.com/surf/
     
  4. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Right on- good info. My assumption is that it’s probably no better than my local break(s), but it’s an excuse to get away from the grind and surf some new spots without dropping a huge chunk of change. Was thinking I may take the Olympic Peninsula route up so I can hit a few spots and then take the ferry from Port Angeles. Don’t have a real time constraint so I’ll probably just watch for the first good Fall swell and then hit it. Deschutes? Can do.
     
  5. FUN

    FUN Well-Known Member

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    Aug 28, 2014
  6. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Yeah, the Olympic is the way to go. Stop off at Westport, and depending on the stars, you can check out La Push and maybe Neah spots. That time of the year (Fall) really makes this area go off. Heck, you might even get lucky and see a Strait wave from the road to Port Angeles.

    IMHO, the spots in Tofino are not much different or better than what you probably are already surfing. North of Tofino, I dunno....all bets are off on that guess. But if there's a swell of 6' or bigger, the Van Island side of the Strait will be straight-up firing...way more consistent on the Canadian side, and mostly rights. Never surfed it myself, but I hear the locals on the Strait can be very Seaside-like. Fk it, I'll paddle out anyways...I can handle myself, I have good surf etiquette, and I never paddle out with more than 1 other surfer.

    Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond, por favor.
     
  7. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Yeah it would be great if I can hit it just right and get surf all the way north. Thanks again for the info- I'll hit you up again later this year- where's your home-break?
     
  8. jizwhale

    jizwhale Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    Sick! Good luck NW Squid.

    I was recently considering a visit to the same place, and I still am. I'm thinking Winter may not be the call, even though there is plenty o' surf.
     
  9. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Yeah winter is a tough call anywhere in the NW: there's always waves but it gets pretty junky at times. So far this winter the waves have been about the same as usual but we've had great weather. 60 degrees+ and sunny on the coast on and off for a few weeks now.
     
  10. jizwhale

    jizwhale Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2011
    Nice. I'll have to give pops a call, he's probably stoked. He lives in Portland though. Pop always told me getting to the ocean in winter was hairy because of the weather.
     
  11. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    It's really not that bad most of the time-driving 26 through the coast range from Portland can get a bit sketchy when there's snow/ice/fog but I can honestly say I only wuss-out once or twice a year.

    It's the ticket-happy Oregon State Troopers, meandering elk, and rifle-toting Orebillies that you have to watch out for.
     
  12. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2014
    True, way more consistant on the Canadian side, but way more people.

    Dont wait around for fall though. Huge high tides and high low tides. Lot of spots will get swamped out all day. Spring is mo better.

    Bring mud boots
     
  13. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Are you talking about the Straits?
     
  14. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Yeah he's talking about the Strait. I'm in Westport.
     
  15. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
  16. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2014
    Yes.

    Fall is when the beach breaks go off. All the sand hasn't been ripped off the beaches yet by non stop huge swell.
     
  17. NWSquid

    NWSquid Well-Known Member

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    Sep 11, 2013
    Gotcha- yeah same goes for the exposed spots in N.Oregon. By November everyone is crammed in at Short Sands and Seaside Cove again.
     
  18. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2014
    This year has been good for the jetty. Lots of smaller long period swell. And by smaller i mean head high to double OH.
     
  19. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

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    Nov 30, 2014
    Early fall/late summer Shorties is so much fun. All the sand is built up and it gets insanely good. Love that place.