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 Tofino

Canada, West Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 49° 7.804' N
Longitude: 125° 54.364' W

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 Access

To access the surf breaks is easy and you usually know whether there is waves by the amount of cars parked close to the beach access. Quite accessible by bicycle if you're staying in Tofino and rent a bike. There is water access at Cox and Chesterman to have a shower after a surf.

English (Translate this text in English): To access the surf breaks is easy and you usually know whether there is waves by the amount of cars parked close to the beach access. Quite accessible by bicycle if you're staying in Tofino and rent a bike. There is water access at Cox and Chesterman to have a shower after a surf.

English (Translate this text in English): To access the surf breaks is easy and you usually know whether there is waves by the amount of cars parked close to the beach access. Quite accessible by bicycle if you're staying in Tofino and rent a bike. There is water access at Cox and Chesterman to have a shower after a surf.

English (Translate this text in English): To access the surf breaks is easy and you usually know whether there is waves by the amount of cars parked close to the beach access. Quite accessible by bicycle if you're staying in Tofino and rent a bike. There is water access at Cox and Chesterman to have a shower after a surf.

DistanceDay trip

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising tide

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

Webcam urlhttp://surfcam.ca/2015/07... 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Tofino has a variety of waves. In summer usually has varied waves which are not too strong and bring a smaller wave board/longboard to have fun. The winter gets stronger pulses and is usually the time to get good waves. You can get away with a 4mm wetsuit in summer with booties and winter requires 4/5mm wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties. Conditions can change quickly so if it looks good, get out there. It can be fickle at times and frustrating. But when you have a good day it's well worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino has a variety of waves. In summer usually has varied waves which are not too strong and bring a smaller wave board/longboard to have fun. The winter gets stronger pulses and is usually the time to get good waves. You can get away with a 4mm wetsuit in summer with booties and winter requires 4/5mm wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties. Conditions can change quickly so if it looks good, get out there. It can be fickle at times and frustrating. But when you have a good day it's well worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino has a variety of waves. In summer usually has varied waves which are not too strong and bring a smaller wave board/longboard to have fun. The winter gets stronger pulses and is usually the time to get good waves. You can get away with a 4mm wetsuit in summer with booties and winter requires 4/5mm wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties. Conditions can change quickly so if it looks good, get out there. It can be fickle at times and frustrating. But when you have a good day it's well worth it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino has a variety of waves. In summer usually has varied waves which are not too strong and bring a smaller wave board/longboard to have fun. The winter gets stronger pulses and is usually the time to get good waves. You can get away with a 4mm wetsuit in summer with booties and winter requires 4/5mm wetsuit with a hood, gloves and booties. Conditions can change quickly so if it looks good, get out there. It can be fickle at times and frustrating. But when you have a good day it's well worth it.

Atmosphere

Tofino is a friendly little town that gets loads of tourists during the summer time. All levels of surfers can come and enjoy Tofino. There are loads of rental places and will find all the gear you need with relative ease. You can expect to see beautiful cedar and spruce trees all around and glimpses of Bald Eagles. The ocean is teaming with wildlife and occasional kelp washing ashore. If you're expecting to get pumping waves, you might be disappointed. If you go to Tofino with the expectation to see beautiful wildlife and huge cedar trees and the possibility of getting some fun waves, you'll be sure to have it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino is a friendly little town that gets loads of tourists during the summer time. All levels of surfers can come and enjoy Tofino. There are loads of rental places and will find all the gear you need with relative ease. You can expect to see beautiful cedar and spruce trees all around and glimpses of Bald Eagles. The ocean is teaming with wildlife and occasional kelp washing ashore. If you're expecting to get pumping waves, you might be disappointed. If you go to Tofino with the expectation to see beautiful wildlife and huge cedar trees and the possibility of getting some fun waves, you'll be sure to have it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino is a friendly little town that gets loads of tourists during the summer time. All levels of surfers can come and enjoy Tofino. There are loads of rental places and will find all the gear you need with relative ease. You can expect to see beautiful cedar and spruce trees all around and glimpses of Bald Eagles. The ocean is teaming with wildlife and occasional kelp washing ashore. If you're expecting to get pumping waves, you might be disappointed. If you go to Tofino with the expectation to see beautiful wildlife and huge cedar trees and the possibility of getting some fun waves, you'll be sure to have it.

English (Translate this text in English): Tofino is a friendly little town that gets loads of tourists during the summer time. All levels of surfers can come and enjoy Tofino. There are loads of rental places and will find all the gear you need with relative ease. You can expect to see beautiful cedar and spruce trees all around and glimpses of Bald Eagles. The ocean is teaming with wildlife and occasional kelp washing ashore. If you're expecting to get pumping waves, you might be disappointed. If you go to Tofino with the expectation to see beautiful wildlife and huge cedar trees and the possibility of getting some fun waves, you'll be sure to have it.

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By Anonymous , 05-09-2010

Watch out ...response - Spoken by a true poser. Long board or short board.....you should let the waves on the day dictate the board you choose. I've been surfing for 22 years and surf all sizes and styles but only a young surfer would suggest anything under a 6' board is the only way to fly. Maybe you are just short in brains and stature. Don't compensate.....embrace yourself....all 5 foot 5 of you.

By Anonymous , 11-02-2008

Exact location. - Can anybody out there clarify for me if what they mean here by surf spot Tofino is simply North or South Chesterman. Or, is there another location north of Chesterman? Thanx

By Anonymous , 13-11-2006

watch out - all surfers should be careful not to catch the latest strain of longboarditis. It is an infectious strain that is going around and seems to have affected Vancouver island heavily. The symptoms are, owning a board that measures more than 6 feet eight inches in lenght that is dinged and completely yellowed from baking in the sun or from heavy water intake. Other symptoms vary, a false sense of coolness or ownership of a wave, dropping in and squatting very low or standing straight legged, dropping in and going straight and the worst symptom of all not being able to go vertical on a wave. Some victims of this illness may be older and crotchety and might possibly stare you down in the water or ignore you if you acknowledge them. Please don't let this virus get you.

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