So it’s no secret now that there’s not a lot of snow on the coast… thanks for blowing the top off that one MattCote. Citing mental health and pow-deficiency issues, we decided to load up Julian’s super-sick and highly functional Toyota HiAce (pronounced Hiiiiiiyaaaaa-che!!!) LandVehicle and travel out to the coast for music, friends, fires […]Read more "SombrioBrobrahs"
Early this Fall, the always-adorable Miss Caroline Wells moved for school out to the far coast of our fair country. Before she left, we managed to sneak in a quick little trip to Carmanah Provincial Park and Ukee on the extreme west coast of Vancouver Island. Later, I went to join up with her in […]Read more "West Meets East"
Remembrance Day is often a solemn holiday, but for surfers it also embodies happiness and excitement at the start of storm season. Chesterman’s and Long Beach turn from warm friendly waves in blown-out beachbreak, while Wick and Cox can catch huge swell and either form huge, clean waves or total chaos and carnage. Often these […]Read more "Novembrance Surf Sessions"
On the west coast of Vancouver Island, the last weekend in July hosts a festival known as Ukee Days… or more accurately “uuuukeeeeeeeee daaaaaayzzzz!!!” We saddled up the surf gear, camping gear, and party gear, along with some amazing knit sweaters from my friends at Granted Clothing, and went to investigate the commotion. Ukeeeee Daaaaayz […]Read more "Ukeeee Daaaaayz!"
This past weekend immediately followed my first two-week shift of consulting work up in northeast BC and I was ready for a serious ocean cleanse of body and spirit. The usual crew assembled to celebrate Shayne’s birthday and we made our ragged way down into America searching for cheap booze, fireworks and surf. The Olympic […]Read more "Getting La Push’ed Around by Waves"
Big yellow taxi After our expensive entrance into the dirty little border town of Raxual, (see previous post,) we boarded a train heading east to the capital of West Bengal and the old colonial capital of India – Calcutta (Kolkata). Our arrival was yet another surreal 6am wakeup in unknown surroundings but we were quickly […]Read more "Kolkata to Kerala"
Labour Day Sessions I’m starting to notice a trend on these surf trips… Flailing at the ocean for the first day, recovering on the second and surfing by the third. Somehow, the happiness of even one good session makes the entire expense and effort of the trip completely worthwhile, but it still helps to have […]Read more "Labour Weekend"