Wild Coast: dreaming of Tofino’s magic surf and the tribe who gets to live there

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Every surfer knows the feeling.  It’s more than just about the waves, although that’s a large part of it.  Surfing’s also about the environment, the iconoclastic beauty we get to experience out there on the water.  It’s about the intimacy with nature and the immediacy of it.  We fall in love over & over again with the wind, the waves, the shoreline, the texture and quality of the water.  We become a part of that natural environment.  That’s what makes our experience so special … merging into the great unknown and learning to ride it’s energy.

In this new video, “Wild Coast” by Lee Visual, Tofino sup surfers celebrate the experience of living and surfing in Tofino, British Columbia.  It’s quite a journey….

Wild Coast:  Tofino’s radiant nature and cold water surf

“There’s something here that makes you slow down and really appreciate where you are and I think that only adds to the whole journey of surfing”

Kelsey Thompson and local sup surfers Emre Bosut and Glen Pearson  spent six days filming in Tofino, BC this past January.  Their goal for the film was to showcase sup surfing and the beautiful natural environment surrounding the many beach breaks on Vancouver Island, a gorgeous slice of nature in the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

“Its not that its so different from the rest of Vancouver Island, but its that people have made a concerted effort to keep this area in it’s natural form.”

Tofino is habitually known for it’s mild temps and extremely wet weather.  When the group gathered to paddle surf, however, the temperatures plummeted and they were graced with little or no rain.  It was well below freezing most mornings which made for some chilly shoots.  It would have been easy to focus on the fact that the weather was cold which makes life as a surfer a bit more challenging, but with today’s gear, its not really true.  When you’re in an environment as spectacular as Tofino, cold weather takes a back seat to the images one gets to witness out there.  You gear up and go.

“I always appreciate how lucky I am when I’m out there and, no matter where you’re from, it’s almost hard NOT to appreciate the beauty of this place.”

Local sup surfers Emre and Glen are among the small tribe of paddle surfers in Tofino and they work at an outfitter in the area called T’ashii Paddle School which is owned by Emre and his girlfriend Tsimka.   The film was supported by Blackfish Paddles, a British Columbia based company that solely makes sup paddles.  Together, this group created the elegant dream of “Wild Coast”.  This is an adventure you don’t want to miss.








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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 editor@standupjournal.com . 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.