"What Happened?"Teaser Droping Sept 1!
I was getting anxious for the snow to fall so I had planned to go to hood earlier this week, but soon realised that I couldn’t afford to go, since I’d be out of country and missing out on EI. Late Tuesday night a super bummed Artie called me up and said let’s go to Tofino, we'll make it dirt cheap. I was down. Tiva and I booked it down to Van the next morning to meet up with Artie at the Boardroom, we strapped some surfboards to the roof of my Mazda and Bam we were enroute to Tofino. We may have missed the 12:50 ferry and the turn off to Port Alberni, but we made it to Tofino, in time to set up camp and catch a few ZZZzzz before the morning.
Tuesday morning while waiting in the ferry line, I had looked at the weather network app and was bummed to see that they forecasted rain for the two days we were going to be in Tofino, but we awoke to sunshine, blue skies and some cloud. After scooping out a few beaches we decided to surf Cox beach. Not only did we get good weather, we got good surf too, the swells were larger than they normally are at this time of year. Artie and I both caught some good waves and got pummelled by a few as well, but all in all it was an amazing day. In between sets Tiva made new friends and also body surfed her first wave, having a killer day. Tofino has such an amazing vibe and feel to it,
After the surf we headed into town, Artie hit the Skatepark for a bit and we picked up firewood. At dusk we headed to Chestermans Beach to build a fire, cook dinner, chill and too watch the sun set. Tofino is so beautiful during the day and 10x that as the sunsets. It’s unreal! After the sun set we headed back up an unnamed logging road to set up camp, If I told you where we camped, it may not be free for us next year, so my lips are sealed.
Day 2. We awoke to more blue skies and even bigger surf, it also happened to be the hottest day of the year in Tofino. I mustered up the courage to paddle out to the flats to catch a real big wave, en route I kept getting slammed by the waves, but I pushed through and made it. The first set I tried to take just took me down hard, but I popped back up and regained control. I managed to get my shit together and caught the next big wave and rode it into shore. What an amazing feeling! This was only my second surf trip but I feel like I’ve made some ground and progressed quite a bit. I think I am in love with surfing, perhaps as much as I love snowboarding. Who’s down for a fall surf trip? Thanks to the Boardroom for the use of the surfboards, thanks to the sweet logging road for the free camp, thanks to mother nature for such beautiful weather in such an amazing place and thanks to Arthur for such a rad idea and for the sweet roadtrip tunes!
Tips to make a trip to Tofino dirt cheap:
1.Find gear to borrow/ head down to the Boardroom, I heard there is a huge SALE on NOW!
2.Car pool to save on Ferry costs, drive a small car to save on gas.
2. Bring your own food and water, get hot water for oatmeal at the gas station.
3. Camp up alongside a logging road for free.
4. Get your dog to do the dishes for you (look a pic to the right)
A fresh snow season must be brewing because the Nuulife camp is
stirring, back for 2011/12 with their Push.ca exclusive series, Beef
Hoody. Dropping every Monday for the eight weeks, you'll get fresh edits
from Nuulife, starting with this banger from Jason Gretzinger. Check out Push.ca for more.
Eric's Nibz kept him warm on an extremely windy and cold hike up Nubes!
Just as summer finally came around to Whistler, I was packing my bags to take off south and find more winter adventure. Leaving behind my work, my friends, and my girl I went solo to Chile And Argentina in search of culture and pow. Snagging a day of riding at Valle Nevado, and a day at Chapelco during my travel portion of my trip, I finally settled in Bariloche for two weeks of solid riding. Only one week down of riding so far at Cerro Catedral, it has been bluebird pow the majority of the time, and I have met two rad shredders from Mammoth who are super down to explore the mountain. We've found cliffs, spines, stashes and sick tree runs. And were only halfway in! Next week, if we get delivered some fresh, we have another batch of cliffs to claim. Feels pretty damn good to be progressing my riding and learning a new mountain in AUGUST! Between the steak, the wine, the powder and the nice people, I've landed in paradise. One week left to shred, it's time to get sendy! Check back soon, more shots and stories to come.
- Eric Poulin
Is the eurpting Volacno affecting the shred in S.A?
Since the Puyehue volcano erupted June 4 2011, thousands of tons of ash and volcanic debris, which quickly turns to sludge, has rained down on pastures in
the southern Argentine provinces of Neuquen, Rio Negro and Chubut. Hitting the Tourist industry of Bariloche and close by tourist meccas of Villa La Angosutura. There may be a layer of ash on the mountain, but that has since been covered by heeps of snow at Cerro Catadral, not stopping these guys from exploring the mountain.
Carly Newll enjoying a modified Stand up Paddle Board session in the beautiful Okanagan sun. She used an old windsurf board and a kayak paddle. Turns out you get a much better core work out, since the board is less stable and a wicked tan.