Tofino: Women’s Surf Culture & Queen of the Peak

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The women’s surf community in Tofino is as unique as British Columbia is remote. The annual all-women’s surf contest, Queen of the Peak, is a testament of the grit and determination of those women who live & surf there.

Tofino is a Place, a short but mesmerizing documentary video of the women’s surf culture in Tofino will have you packing your bags and heading for the North Coast. Directed, produced and cinematography by Ryan Struck.

Tofino is a Place

Tofino is a Place, a short 4-minute film produced and curated by Ryan Struck, takes a loving wide-eyed look at the women’s surf culture in Tofino, British Columbia.

A surfer and competitor at heart, Ryan starts the Queen of the Peak surf contest, for women-only in order to balance the disfavor of men vs women in the surf culture’s competitive realm. Today, Queen of the Peak is a world renowned and much loved event that draws top competitors from all over the world.  As Ryan says,

“Now, getting into the Semis or even Quarter Finals is almost … well, impossible. (laughs)”

The film above will move you with its iconic imagery, fantastic waves and the weaving of a tale of women uplifting women in the surf community.  Take the time to sit back, and get ready to be inspired.

Aloha, Ryan!
Ryan Struck Photography:

For more information on Ryan, check out this video on a clean up accomplished on the Ohio River:

Let’s hear it for rad people doing incredible things on the water!




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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.