Opening ceremonies and first day of competition at the ISA World Surfing Games 2013 in Playa Santa Catalina, Panama - Leah
the World Surfing Games in Santa Catalina
Panama May 4-12, 2013
watch Leah Oke compete at the World Surfing Games in Panama - May 4-12, 2013
THE EVENT The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games will gather 25 National Delegations from every corner of the world, who will gather to compete for their National Team in an “Olympic-Style” event. The surfers compete for medals and the honor of representing their respective countries.
THE VENUE Panama is the southernmost country of Central America, bordered to the north by the Caribbean Sea, to the south by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by Colombia and to the west by Costa Rica. Its early status as a transit country with its famous Panama Canal, has allowed Panama to become a meeting point of cultures from around the globe.Santa Catalina is a quiet surf town located in the Province of Veraguas and is home to several hundred people who lead simple lives, many as fishermen.The world’s best surfers will gather to compete for the Individual and Team Gold Medals, the International Olympic Committee President’s Trophy and the Fernando Aguerre World Team Trophy,
THE WAVE The event was scheduled to take place during the active Southern Hemisphere swell season that produces great waves for the region. Santa Catalina will provide a long right with an incredible barrel section. The main wave is located approximately 300 meters from shore, so you can get there paddling or by boat. It is a break that picks up sizeable waves in any type of swell coming mainly from the south or southwest.The wave is world-class. It breaks along a shallow reef that creates a perfect right-hand powerful and hollow wave. Santa Catalina handles solid swells in the 8-12 feet range.
THE SCHEDULE The Parade of the Nations is a colorful and energy-filled event, complete with teams chanting, waving flags and the cheering of the locals who come out to watch the spectacle.The 2013 Reef ISA WSG will officially open on May 4 with the traditional ISA Opening Ceremony, which will include the Parade of the Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony.The Sands of the World Ceremony symbolizes the true fraternal spirit that bonds together all members of the global surfing tribe. The union of the countries of the world in this Ceremony is symbolized through the mixing of the sands from the shores of all participating National Delegations, showcasing the ISA desire for a better and peaceful world.
I will be competing as the sole representative for team Canada tune in live at http://www.isawsg.com/ to watch
2013 Rip Curl Pro Tofino/Canadian Surfing Championship
RIP CURL ANNOUNCES THE RIP CURL PRO TOFINO AS CANADIAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Ultimate Surfing Company receives sanctioning by the Canadian Surfing Association to become the Canadian Surfing Championship and announces Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2013 event dates.
The Canadian Surfing Association (CSA) has officially sanctioned the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian Surfing Championship. The event will take place June 1st and 2nd at Cox Bay in Tofino, BC. The event is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions.
President of the Canadian Surfing Association Dom Domic said “The Canadian Surfing Association is very excited to sanction the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian National Championship for the first time.” He added “Now in its 7th year, the Rip Curl Pro Tofino has been at the forefront of a rapidly increasing level of competitive surfing in Canada.”
The annual surf competition provides an arena for competitive surfing in Canada. The divisions for the event are: Pro Men, Pro Women, Masters, Men’s Longboard, Women’s Longboard, Junior Men, Junior Women, and Children. The CSA recognition means that the Rip Curl Pro Tofino will deliver a national champion in each of these divisions.
Rip Curl - The Ultimate Surfing Company
Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search. The products we make, the events we run, the riders we support and the people we reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on.
Clean Water Classic 2013 Registration Opens April 1, 2013
Registration for the 2013 - 12th Annual Pacific Northwest Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation, Clean Water Classic surf contest will open April 1st. The contest will be held May 18 and 19 in Westport, WA. Registration will be online and we will be using PayPal again this year for registration payments, click here to Register or go to our website: www.cleanwaterclassic.com.
The Clean Water Classic would not be possible without all of our sponsors including our title sponsor, Subaru, and our contest headquarters the Islander Hotel and Half Moon Bar and Grill.. Please visit the Sponsors page to see a complete list of sponsors and support them.
Contest Headquarters is the Islander Hotel in downtown Westport.
Other Events on the Weekend will include:
On Saturday, A Warm Current and Surfrider volunteers will be conducting a kid’s surf camp for any kids on the beach. A Warm Current will be collecting any used but usable wetsuits, booties, gloves and boards for future camps, so please bring your used gear, especially if there are any small sizes.
We will also be having a Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday. Please check out the website: http://www.handsacrossthesand.com/ .
On-site registration and participatory waiver signing will begin on Friday, May 17 at 6 pm.
You will need to sign your participant waiver and pay before you surf.
Once you register via the online forms, you will receive a confirmation email within 3 days.
If you intend to surf in the Pro/Am division, we recommend you arrive in Westport on Friday night as heats will start at 7 am on Saturday.
If you will be volunteering at the event, please let me know and we will coordinate your heats with your volunteer schedule.
We STRONGLY recommend you wear a watch during your heats. Due to weather and surf conditions, it is not always easy to see the flags and hear the horns. You will receive a penalty, if you continue surfing after your heat has ended.
And finally, we are having issues with the home page of the CWC website. The information in main section of the home page is incorrect, however the rest of the website is functioning and is correct. We will continue to update the site as we have new information.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Your participation in this contest helps support the Surfrider Chapters in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Thank you for your past support and we hope to see you in May.
Sitka welcomes Nico Manos to their surf team
Nico, right at home - Scotty Sherin photo
Sitka is proud to welcome surfer, Nico Manos, to the family. Nico has been surfing the cold water waves of Canada's East Coast for 13 years.
"We're very excited and proud to have Nico join our team," says Sitka's Surf Team Manager, Rene Gauthier. "He's East Coast's top surfer, and one heck of a nice guy."
Jay Novak, Nico Manos and Noah Cohen in the shaping bay - Scotty Sherin photo
Nico right at home - Scotty Sherin photo
Sitka shaper Jay Novak and Nico Manos getting acquainted - Scotty Sherin photo
Sponsors: Sitka, Oakley, Sanuk, Future Fins, Creatures of Leasure.
Hometown: Lawrencetown Beach
People You Admire: "I admire surfers like Pete, Raph, Fergal, Ramon for what they have accomplished with no path to follow. Whether it's exploration, charging or pure surfing ability these guys work harder and are more dedicated than just about anyone I have met.
I admire surfers like Ben Bougeois, Alek Parker, Josh Mulcoy, Otto Flores for making huge names for themselves but not letting that effect what genuinely nice, amazing, strong characters they are.
I admire my local surfing heros like Marty and Todd King, J.D. Patterson, Paul Cammalleri not just for their surfing abilities, but for the people that they are... They never pushed any morals or beliefs on me but I tried to absorb the way they handled themselves, both in and out of the water, when I was growing up.
Outside of surfing, I admire my mom, who is 70, retired and does things like spend half of the year shovelling cement in Costa Rica for Habitat for Humanity."
Jobs outside of surfing: "I don't have a real job outside of surfing. I like carpentry and woodworking (my wife and I built the house we live in). I like photography. I own a surf school that operates in July and August, I guess that is a real job."
You hear the word 'pioneer' thrown around the surf industry pretty loosely these days, but there's really no better title for Sitka's newest surf team member. Nico Manos has spent a large portion of the last decade hunting for new setups along the north atlantic coast... You can bet your house that he had a hand in finding any of the slabs, wedges and vacant points you see in the mags (He was probably pulling his 5mm on as fast as he could right alongside the photographer getting the shot). "I remember finding Minutes when I was a kid. It was still a bit of a secret back then, which seems hard to believe. That feeling I got coming out of the trees and seeing the lineup has stuck with me and comes back every now and then when we stumble on something new."
We have a gear swap coming up this weekend! Please get the word out that we are accepting gear for a percentage of the sale going towards the lands @ Jordan River. Also we are going to be screening Nixon's "come hell or high water"
this Sunday in Market Square, Victoria. The Small Pebbles = Big Beach Campaign will help raise funds for the purchase of Jordan River in conjunction with BC Parks and The Land Conservacy. The new park at Jordan River will forever protect Jordan River against development and keep our little slice of surfing paradise unspoilt forever.
We are trying to bring as many ocean and surf oriented people together next weekend for a big board swap, a screening of "Come Hell or High Water" - with guest speaker, Mark Cunningham ! We will be serving beer all day and hopefully managing to raise some money in the process. Check it all out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SmallPebblesBigBeachFundraisingCampaign
A couple of the local shops have also stepped up for people offering to sell and donate proceeds to Small Pebbles = Big Beach. Check out the incentives below:
- If you bring in a wetsuit with value of $200 and donate 50 % - 100% to Small Pebbles = Big Beach, you will get a voucher for 25% off any brand new wetsuit.
- Bring in a surf or paddle board that sells for over $300, and get $50 off any new board.
3rd Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session - November 01-05, 2012
entry and media contact:Michael @ North Beach Surf Shop 250-626-7873
The Queen of the Peak all-female surf contest
Tofino, Oct 13 - 14, 2012
Queen of the Peak is confirmed for October 13 & 14. This year we will also be adding a "Princess of the Peak" for groms as well as our usual shortboard and longboard divisions.
Sep/22/2012the Queen of the Peak - Women's Surf Championships are on again for October 13-14 here in Tofino. Registration is now open and is filling quickly so please spread the word to any lovely surfer ladies you know that may want to enter. For info about the contest and surrounding events check out http://www.queenofthepeak.com/
Krissy (Contest Director)
Princess of the Peak (under 16)
Lisa Andersen Roxy Surf Champ Camp in Tofino
Oct 20-21, 2012
Lisa Andersen, the four-time women's world surfing champion, will be in Tofino, BC, Canada on Saturday, October 20th to coach a one-day camp for up-and-coming junior girl surfers between the ages of 14-24. 8 girls will attend in total, 4 invitees and 4 winners. HOW TO ENTER: To enter to win one of 4 spots, all expenses paid, email a 30-second or 3-wave video of you surfing to RoxyCanada@Quiksilver.com on or before Friday October 5. Lisa herself will be picking the winners! Good luck! Also, on Sunday, October 21st there is a freesurf with Lisa and the Roxy team and beach bbq.
Join the one day event for young ladies wanting to learn about competition from World Champ Lisa Andersen and SEE EVERYONE out for a funday Sunday FREE SURF & BEACH BBQ with the legend herself and the ROXY Crew!!! Saturday and Sunday, Oct 20 &21
4 TIME WORLD SURFING CHAMPION and ROXY ATHLETE, LISA ANDERSEN, BRINGS HER JUNIOR GIRLS TRAINING CAMP TO CANADA FOR THE FIRST TIME!
SHOW US YOUR SURFING AND YOU COULD WIN A SPOT AT THE LISA ANDERSEN ROXY CHAMP CAMP IN TOFINO! Open to ages 14-24.
Tofino, British Columbia (September 21, 2012) – On Saturday October 20th, four time World Surfing Champion, Roxy athlete, and the most influential female surfer of all-time, Lisa Andersen, will bring the Roxy Champ Camp series to Canada for the first time to coach some of the best amateur girls in the Pacific Northwest. This intimate and one of a kind experience is reserved for 8 lucky girls, 4 invitees and 4 that will be personally chosen by Lisa from a selection of online video entries.
This is ultimately a 2-day experience hosted by Roxy and the remote surf town of Tofino, BC. On Day 1, invitees and winners will spend the day surfing, with one-on-one coaching from Lisa and a second guest Roxy pro surfer. Technical video analysis, competition strategy surf conditioning and insight from one of the most successful female competitors in history makes this an unmatchable experience for girls and women in surfing. Day 2 will consist of the 'ol Canadian cold-weather-beach-barbeque open to the public along with the chance to freesurf with Lisa Andersen.
HOW TO ENTER TO WIN A SPOT AT CAMP - DAY 1
If you are a female surfer in Oregon, Washington or Canada (excluding Quebec), between the ages of 14-24, we invite you to upload a recent 30-second, or 3-wave, video to YouTube and email the link to >> ROXYCANADA@QUIKSILVER.COM <<
Submit Your Video Between These Dates!
Friday September 21 - Friday October 05
Monday October 08, 2012
Saturday October 20, 2012
COME TO THE BEACH - DAY 2
Day 2 will consist of a casual freesurf with Lisa Andersen, the Roxy Canada surfers and any other female surfer that would like to join us. The 'ol Canadian cold-weather-beach-barbeque will also be in order. Open to the public!
The Champ Camp is an unmatchable experience for girls and women, with surfing legend Lisa Andersen as their mentor, who seek to progress the sport of surfing through training and analysis.
Small Pebbles: Surfrider Vancouver Island is raising money with the TLC to support a land purchase at Jordan River
This is the fourth year of Vancouver Island’s first Stand Up Paddle Board Race Series. This unique event features four stops around Vancouver Island, British Columbia: Victoria, Tofino, Comox and Parksville. The fun and fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding is showcased at each location with off the beach sprint races, fun relays and long distance courses. The beach culture side of each event includes a BBQ, music, MC judging booth, demos for the public and information on new water sports products. The Surf SUP event team provides a fun and safe environment for all levels from first time SUPers to advanced riders. Come join us and make the Island Series part of your vacation plans! Lots more info at http://www.surf-sup.ca/
Surfing and Traditions surf contest - La Push WA
July 14 2012
New this year Pro/Am Shortboard Contest - $1000 1st Place / $500 2nd Place / $300 3rd Place
Fundraiser for Quileute Nation Surf Camp!
First ever public demo of LIb Tech Waterboards!
Beach clean-up, raffle, salmon bake, music and more!
Wickaninnish Sand Dunes closed due to risk of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances
Public info sessions May 15 - 16, 2012
Wickaninnish Sand Dunes closed due to risk of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances Public information sessions scheduled for May 15th and 16th
UCLUELET, May 8, 2012– To protect public safety, Parks Canada is temporarily closing the Wickaninnish Sand Dunes due to the possible presence of Unexploded Explosive Ordnances (UXO) dating back to World War II.
The public is invited to learn more about the closures and UXOs by attending one of two public information sessions held by Parks Canada and the Department of National Defence. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, May 15th at 7:30pm at the Tofino Ecolodge, Tofino Botanical Gardens and Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30pm at the Ucluelet Community Centre.
The sand dunes were used for training by the Canadian Forces during the 1940s and 1950s before the establishment of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The discovery of a UXO in February 2012 prompted the Department of National Defence to examine the sand dunes further.
The Department of National Defence UXO and Legacy Sites Program has made preliminary recommendations to restrict access to the dune area as a precautionary measure until a more extensive examination can be made in the near future. Parks Canada Agency is working with the Department of National Defence to develop a strategy to address this potential hazard.
If a possible UXO is found, visitors are advised:
Do not touch it
Remember or mark the location from a safe distance
Leave the area
Call 911 or local police as soon as possible.
The rest of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, including Wickaninnish Beach, remains open.
Superintendent, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
a new made-in Canada Surf Series from Vice and Red Bull
Vice and Red Bull Present a new made-in Canada Surf Series,
SURFS UP HERE
TORONTO, ON (April 27, 2012) VICE Canada and Red Bull want to let you in on a little secret that a select few have always known, that when it comes to chasing waves, Canada's massive coastline actually rules. The only thing is, it takes a lot of dedication and determination.
Surfs Up Here is a new video series that follows Canadian pros on the East and West coasts as they show some Yankee friends the ropes, and dig into our biggest, best, and mostly untapped resource - the Canadian outdoors. With a little help from some seaplane and chopper pilots, we dive deep into remote areas as our surfers hunt down world-class waves in our own rugged and wild backyard.
With an immersive, driving, and dark original score written and performed by John Fraser Carpenter and Ben Koller (drummer of Converge), ride along with our frostbitten pros as they wax their boards, swing axes, and explore the remote and often hauntingly beautiful coastlines.
About this Video
This is episode #1 of a six part series exploring Canada's extensive coastline. We start with the West and finish with the East check http://www.redbull.ca/ each Thursday and Monday for the next installment
Government Response to the Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled: Seeing the Light: Report on Staffed Lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia
The Honourable Fabian Manning
Chair, Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
Senate of Canada
Dear Senator Manning,
I would like to thank the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans for its report Seeing the Light: Report on Staffed Lighthouses in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia.
The Government thanks the Committee for its extensive work on this matter and appreciates its input. The Government has no plans to de-staff Lighthouses and since this matter has been examined extensively, there is no need for further study on this matter.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Committee for its work on this report.
Drum Surfboard by Jarom Speers [2012 Pacific Rim Whale Festival Grand Prize]
Drum Surfboards is a Ucluelet based company that designs and manufactures hollow wooden surfboards. Owner, Jarom Speers explains the construction that is similar to the wing of an airplane. A rib and stringer inner framework forms the shape and top deck, bottom deck and rails made from ¼" planks of wood such as Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar and Yellow Cedar are applied to the framework. The finish is 4oz fiberglass and epoxy.
Appropriately named the "Whale Rider" this year's grand prize hollow wooden surfboard features a unique whale tail design on the deck and is equipped with a bonzer style quad fin setup. Light and fast this surfboard is 100% wood composition and rings in at a meagre 12lb total weight.
Jarom explains; that like him owning a Drum Surfboard might change your outlook on surfing. A hollow wooden surfboard if cared for properly can last a lifetime, is environmentally sustainable and can bring you a sense of harmony and synergy with the planet when riding or simply enjoying the natural beauty of a hollow wooden surfboard.
The British Columbia Surfing Association (BCSA) is reorganizing
Wed, 29 Feb 2012
This is a call to the last BCSA executive Board of Directors to step down. The association has been dormant for two years. A renewed interest has expressed a desire and need for the reorganization of the BCSA. This will include establishing a new board of directors with clear set responsibilities. It will also review the mission statement and bylaws in an effort to formalize the association to provincial government standards. The renewed association will develop programs and hold events under its mandate. The current training and coaching of the BC members of the Canadian Junior Surf Team (in preparation for the World Juniors in Panama, April 2012) will be considered such a program under the reorganization of the BCSA.
An active bank balance of $210.00 is sitting in the Tofino CIBC account and will be donated to the BC members of the Canadian Junior Surf Team.
Once the remaining members of the last Board of Directors have made notification, a meeting date and Tofino location will be announced. This meeting is expected to take place following Spring Break. To date, Stephen Mayor Acting President/Treasurer has graciously stepped down and sends his best wishes for success. As Secretary/Judging Manager I, Barbie Mayor have also stepped down but will remain the responsible party for the bank account until the establishment of a new board. It is my wish for the continuation of a transparent and democratic provincial governing body for the sport of surfing in British Columbia. The new interest group wish to thank the departing Board of Directors for their dedication to BC and Canadian surfing.
The remaining board members can announce their leave and further inquiries can also be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help our Canadian Junior Surf Team get to the ISA World Juniors
Help our Canadian Junior Surf Team get to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Playa Venao, Panama in April
The Canadian Junior Surf Team, youth from Canada under the age of 18, are hoping to compete in the DaKine ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Panama, April 14-22, 2012.
Kalum Temple, Jesse Clarkson, Colin Coulson, Marco Mignot, Lola Mignot, Micheal Darling, Simon Bauer
Noah Cohen Signs Multi Year Deal with Rip Curl Jan 10, 2012
International surfing company Rip Curl is thrilled to announce elite Canadian surfer Noah Cohen signed with the brand this week. Noah has entered into a multi-year deal with Rip Curl to kick off the New Year.
"Rip Curl has a momentum here in Canada that I am happy to join. The crew is great and I believe they are going to support me and help me to push my career further over the next few years." Noah added: "And the wetsuits are the best. To surf where we do, you need the best products you can get."
The 22-year-old Tofino native has been at the forefront of surf media coverage in Canada and is poised to become the next face to represent cold-water surfing around the world. Noah knows Rip Curl well having competed in all five of the annual Rip Curl Stew Surf Competitions, winning two of the five including the most recent in June of 2011.
Nick Russell, Rip Curl Canada’s General Manager, said Noah is a great fit for the brand.
"The Rip Curl brand has been built on technically superior and innovative products and having these tested and refined by world class athletes. The addition of Noah to our Global Surf Team provides us with a marquee Canadian surfer to drive our brand in this market. Noah is an incredibly talented and driven young surfer and we could not be happier to have part of the Rip Curl team," Russell said.
Noah rounds out Rip Curl Canada’s surf team that includes Canada’s top female surfer Leah Oke, and charging up and coming surf talents Jacob Albury, and Simon Bauer.
He also joins the ranks of Rip Curl International’s elite athletes, Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Gabriel Medina, Taylor Knox and Dillon Perillo.
Rip Curl Canada’s Marketing Manager, Myrosha Daley, said Noah was a great addition to the program.
"I am very excited to add Noah to the team. His talent and attitude are second to none. I am looking forward to his activation as an athlete with the Rip Curl brand involving him closely with our US and International surf team initiatives."
Sitka and Pacific Wild Release Online ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver
Victoria, BC Canada Sitka and Pacific Wild, a non-profit conservation organization, are excited about the release of ‘Tipping Barrels’ a film by Ben Gulliver. ‘Tipping Barrels’ is a unique combination of surfing and environmental journalism that follows surfers Arran and Reid Jackson on a trip into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, where they learn more about the region and the issues confronting it.
The main issue presented in the film is Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline, which would pump crude oil from Alberta to Kitimat, on the North Coast of British Columbia. Here it would be loaded onto super tankers bound for markets in Asia and the U.S. Over 225 super tankers a year would transit the narrow waterways that make up the Great Bear Rainforest, putting one of the Earth’s most ecologically sensitive and intact ecosystems at risk of an oil spill.
The video accompanies other efforts by Sitka to bring awareness to the proposed pipeline, such as donating the profits from past clothing designs and an upcoming t-shirt designed with Stan Robinson to the efforts against the proposal. Sitka also recently held a fundraiser in their Victoria shop with photos by Ian McAllister, Thomas Peschak and Michael Reid displayed as part of a silent auction. There will be a similar event in Sitka’s Vancouver store soon.
Sitka and Pacific Wild stand together with First Nations groups and thousands of concerned citizens, in the effort to keep the Great Bear Rainforest oil tanker free. They invite everyone concerned about the future of B.C.’s coast to watch the film and help spread the word. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so through Tides Canada at http://tidescanada.org/support/pacific-wild/.