With the anticipated Rip Curl Pro having come and gone to the shores of Cox Bay, locals are almost always left wanting more. Luckily, Tofino will always have more to surfing competitions to offer.
From May 12-14th hundreds of locals lined the beach to watch one of Tofino’s favourite surf competitions of the year – The Rip Curl Pro. The three days were filled with fun waves, tough competition and some well deserving winners.
A month later, on June 16-18, the Tofino SUP Festival and Race took over the shores once again for their 2017 National SUP Race Championships. Not only is it a fun weekend, but the race ultimately helps to choose the team representing Canada in the World SUP Championships. After a weekend packed with clinics, races and events (not to mention International Surfing Day) decisions were made, titles were claimed and the crowds receded from the beaches once again.
For the rest of the summer, locals are left to claim the surf for themselves (and the tourists) and prepare for next year’s big events – and the remaining upcoming competitions.
As the last days of summer being to wind down, the Bruhwiler Kid’s Classic takes off, showcasing the wild surfing youth of the west coast. The three divisions will bring the best of the best in a U18, U14, and U10 category. Nothing says hardcore like braving the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean while fall weather threatens to take over the coast.
From there, the women take control in another local favourite, the Queen of the Peak. September 29-October 1 marks the sixth annual rendition of this competition, which aims to show off the formidable talent of the coast’s local ladies. Long board, short board and Princess of the Peak divisions make for a jam-packed weekend.
As the final days of October take hold of the calendar, so does the last of the surf/board-based competitions in Tofino. For the fourth year in a row, the Tofino Paddle and SUP Championship will come to the coast to bring out the best in Canadian standup paddle surfing.
From then on out, the winter warriors and storm waters take over. While some surfers still find their ideal breaks, many opt for a cozy fire and a little bit of shelter from the west coast winter storms.
Check out more summer things to do on our blog here!
Contributed by: Laurissa Cebryk