Memories of Vancouver Island
Mike Crome here with a potted history of my experiences on your West
I first went to the West Coast (Ucluelet) in 1971 when I was 16. A mate
and I hitched over to meet my step-uncle who was keeper of the Amphitrite Point
Wreck beach, renamed and the squatters cleared out by Parks Canada
I returned in the summer of '72 and camped on the beach at
Wreck Bay for 3 weeks. Lots of hippies in those days and I borrowed a
board off an Hawaiian draft dodger who lived in a home-made shack on
the cliff above the beach. I recall a hot sunny summer, warm water,
and some cool waves.
I returned to Australia (Cronulla nr Sydney) in 73 but came back to BC
in '75 where I lived till '82. Spent part of every summer at Long
Beach or in Ucluelet. My girl friend at the time had a brother who
married the daughter of Chief Bert Mack from Toquart Indian band, so
we had close connections with the area.
Time moved on, I went back to Oz, but in '85 came back to visit my Mum
& Dad in Vancouver. The Old Man owned a yacht and him and I sailed to
Barkley Sound where we spent 2 weeks chilling out during a brilliant
summer. I had a board on board so eventually made it to Spot L
where I caught a few small waves for old times sake.
Spot L looking out to Lovekin Rock
I'm now married and live in Norfolk England. Not much surf here, but I
had my first wave since Bondi (1988) this summer at Newquay, Cornwall.
Once you got you never forget it.
Anyway, thought I'd drop you my history for your records and thanks
for a memorable website.
Aussie Mike Crome from Norfolk, England here...
...Just to tell you that I received an Email today from a long lost buddy who
lives in Vancouver. He was checking out your web site and found my
contribution. He was thus able to contact me after about 15 years of going our
Many thanks to you and your website for reuniting old mates.
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