Surfing Vancouver Island  

1997 Western Canadian Surfing Championships  



The British Columbia Surfing Association

1997 WESTERN CANADIAN SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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To help choose a team for the World Championships next year in Portugal.

The competition was held on Sunday May 18th 97, from 9 AM to 6:30 PM at Cox Bay near Tofino BC. It was a great sunny, summer-like day, morning winds were onshore 2 to 4 kt, building to 10 kt by the last heats of the day. Swell height hovered around 5 ft, waves were hip to head high rights and lefts, clean for most of the day.
A field of 46 competitors entered in four classes.
The finalists were:


Men's Open

field of twenty

  1. Raphael Bruhwiler (red)

  2. Sepp Bruhwiler (white)

  3. Mike Stupka (blue)

  4. Eri Frang (green)
photo of competition surfers from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Women's Open

field of seven

  1. Mattie Mechin (green)

  2. Jenny Hudnell (red)

  3. Leah Oke (blue)

  4. Monica Todd (white)
photo of competition surfers from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Longboard

field of sixteen

  1. Kevin Todd (red)

  2. Eric Frang (green)

  3. Jesse Oke (blue)

  4. Tony Redpath (white)
photo of competition surfers from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Junior's

field of three

  1. Peter Devries (left)

  2. Nick Killins (right)

  3. Ollie Atkey (not pictured)
photo of competition surfers from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

This was a great competition. Lots of stoke, competitors hooting each other on and calling the time to each other. The waves were better than anyone expected. With the exception of a short flat spell at low tide, the surf was hip to shoulder high, with periodic larger sets. Power seemed to build towards the final heats. The strong NW wind that was predicted, stalled and didn't appear until after the last heat. The weather really smiled on us.
Lots of sun, and I had fun, and I hope you did too.

Now where's the aloe.
Cam


Current Observation for Station 46206
Lat 48.8 N Long 126 W
30 km SW (225deg) off Wickaninish Bay

Sunday May 18 During the Competition

 Time   Temp Dewpt    Wind   Gust  SeaT  SigWave 
 PDT    deg  deg    dir  spd        deg  ht  pd   
--------------------------------------------------
Day Hr   F    F   dir(deg) kt kt     F   ft  s    
--------------------------------------------------
18  5PM 58.1        W(270) 10 12   56.7  4.6 16            
18  4PM 58.5        W(270)  8 10   56.8  4.9 16            
18  3PM 59.2        W(270)  8 10   57.2  4.6 16            
18  2PM 58.8        W(270)  8  8   57.7  4.3 16            
18  1PM 59.0        W(280)  4  6   57.9  4.6 17            
18 12PM 59.0        W(280)  4  6   57.9  4.6 17            
18 10AM 58.3        W(280)  2  2   56.7  4.9 10            
18  9AM 57.2      WNW(300)  2  4   56.3  5.2 10            
18  8AM 58.1      WNW(300)  2  2   55.9  5.2 10            

David Faciane
webmaster@nws.fsu.edu

Interactive Marine Observations

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