Exercise, Vacation

Surfing USA..ehm I Mean Canada


I have a rule with myself where I can’t hate anything until I try it. Actually that’s not true at all. I pretty much hate everything off the bat and then realize that I really like to do whatever it is I was hating on after trying it. And I’m always up for trying things at least once.

My wonderful husband found a Groupon for a weekend’s stay in a cabin at a seaside town up island called Ucluelet (or Ukee as the locals call it). Ukee’s neighboring town is called Tofino and it’s known for being a quaint little surf town. I couldn’t wrap my head around Canada having it’s own surfing location. Especially in February. How many waves could there really be? And wouldn’t the water be frozen? It’s already too cold to go into even in the summer months, so I figured there was no way people could go in during the winter. I was wrong.

Not only did we have a Groupon for our accommodation, we also had Groupons (given to us by my friend who wasn’t going to use them) for surf lessons.

Ukee and Tofino were dead during this time of the year. Most of the shops and restaurants were closed and there were only locals and die-hard surfers cruising about. The population during the winter in these towns is usually around 2,000 and increases to 10,000 during the summer. Crazy huh? This is the reason why I keep referring to Ucluelet as Ukee–I’m basically a local. Also,  there was a surprising amount of Australians there. I don’t know why they would be in Tofino during the winter, while it’s summer in Australia, but whatevs.

A rocky beach in Ucluelet. I definitely didn't go surfing there.

A rocky beach in Ucluelet. I definitely didn’t go surfing there.

Our little cabin that we stayed in was adorbs. It was one room with a loft at the top. There was a mini kitchen, a breakfast nook, and even WiFi! It was called Surf’s Inn. We stayed in what they called a Rainforest Cottage. I bet you didn’t know that Ucluelet and Tofino are home to some of the biggest rainforests. Don’t get excited–not tropical rainforests. Temperate rainforests. I didn’t know they existed either. Kind of like how I didn’t know Tofino or Ucluelet existed.

I was really dreading the day that we had reservations to go surfing. I knew I would freeze in the water and that my body would hurt from all the exercise. But I was wrong. Well, my body definitely hurt from all the exercise, but I didn’t freeze. The water was 45 degrees Fahrenheit and I was swimming in it like it was no big deal. I never realized the beauty of wetsuits until the day that I went surfing in the Pacific Ocean in February.

When we met our surf instructor at Tofino Surf School, I couldn’t stop smiling when I listened to him talk. He sounded like Crush from Finding Nemo. It was amazing. He used words like, “noggin”, “sweet”, “killer”, and “rad”. It was too good. Like, that alone was worth the money. Not that we paid for anything since we had Groupons, but still. He was a gem.Crush

I don’t think I was built for surfing. First of all, I have no upper body strength. Just carrying my board to the beach made my arms ache. So the fact that I tried to push myself up into a standing position on my board and failed miserably, was no surprise to me. I was able to catch waves, just not stand up on them. I gave it a good two hours until I called it quits. My body just wouldn’t cooperate after a while so there was no use. But it was still amazing to try and really fun.

I have no shame anymore so here's a picture of me in a wetsuit. So flattering.

I have no shame anymore so here’s a picture of me in a wetsuit. So flattering.

After surfing we had some delicious grub at a restaurant called Shelter. I had a shrimp and bacon sandwich with yam fries. It was just what my body needed. Then I slept like a log for 2 hours.

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35 thoughts on “Surfing USA..ehm I Mean Canada

    • Glad you’ve been there! It’s so quaint and cute! I was pleasantly surprised. I hear babies will do that–keep you locked up for a while. :( Oh well, at least you have a built in best friend!

    • Haha I knew you would appreciate this! I’m so die hard for surfing that it’s circled all the way around to me never doing it again. Haha no but seriously, I’d really like to try it without a wet suit and in warmer water. That would be totally gnarly!

      Thanks dude!

    • Really! I saw two Australians in different locations, so I’m guessing that there are more hiding somewhere. Yes, freezing water! And huge undertow. Did you go to Long Beach or Chesterman Beach? That’s where we went.

      Hah you should check out my mom’s blog (agrippinglife.wordpress.com) she’s cool. And she’s a therapist so she gives a lot of good info about being emotionally healthy. Like free therapy sessions! Not that you need them… ;)

  1. Groupons are the best. Going someplace cool in the off-season is even better. I’ve only been far enough in the ocean once where I’d even be able to possibly even remotely consider trying to surf. My friend’s dad held me in his arms and I was like 11. That’s too old. My favorite thing about this is how you claim to have no upper body strength. As if we’re all going around saying you do.

    • That is slightly too old. Although, eleven is still pretty young. And I can imagine you being a small eleven year old. So maybe it’s okay?

      Lol I’m just kind of clarifying that if anyone possibly thought that I was strong, they are terribly, terribly mistaken. But yeah, good for you for knowing that already.

    • They wouldn’t have had time to make music because they would be too busy fur trapping and trading and cutting down lumber and being mounties.

      Stereotypes are fun.

  2. ZZ says:

    You look great no matter what you wear.

    The ocean is not just for summer! I like to go sea kayaking and fishing in Maine in the fall and spring.

    • Thanks ZZ, you’re too kind!
      You painted a nice picture there. I’ve never been to Maine, but it sounds beautiful. One of these days. I’ve never been kayaking either!

  3. So I googled and Ucluelet is a tiny 5,132km from me or just a brief 51hr drive. As much as I think I would rock the wetsuit I’m not sure my old truck would make the drive without having the truck equivalent of a coronary. So I will leave the wetsuits to you, you do indeed rock them!

    • Omg that’s insane. I think any old beach would do for surfing lessons though. Haha I think most cars would have trouble traveling that distance! Crazy!

      Aww thanks, you’re sweet!

  4. You in that wet suit… That’s how I imagine you’d look like if you were a superhero in costume about to save the planet from a falling meteor. :D

    I love how there’s a remote village in Canada full of Australian’s, maybe they’re trying to invade? Surfing does sound ace, I’d still prefer to just lay around on an inflatable all day and float around.

    • Lol definitely! There was so much extra space in the crotch…I think I had a men’s suit. It wasn’t meant for my curves.

      Yeah I just wanted to float around after a while. I was so broken–tough stuff surfing is. I wonder what it’s like to actually stand up on the board :/

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