Monday, November 9, 2009

Pioneering a new Canadian wave with Raph Bruhwiler

Canadian professional surfer Raph Bruhwiler discovered what could be the next best wave on the west coast of Canada using Google Earth, but it wasn't until last week when he assembled a group of surfers to find out for sure. With two pickup trucks loaded with all the surf, camping and camera gear needed, we headed to the farthest north west region of Vancouver Island, through heavy rain, snow and hail, miles and miles away from civilization in hopes of coming home with a story of huge perfect surf.
Just a few hours into the 12 hour journey, we had our first minor set back. We just hoped that the heavy rain would only bring down trees and not wash away our access to and from the region leaving us stranded from any kind of assistance.
When searching for the best place to set up base camp, we came across this boot, proving that when you're this far out there, you must respect the locals.
Our base camp which Raph helped to clear, gave us shivering reminders of the Blair Witch Project.
From the logging road we had to find our own way to the beach and there was no easy way down. With a wetsuit and board Raph leads the way.
Almost there, Raph and Jens get first glimpse of what could be a perfect left and right hand point break. Photographed here is the inside section of the right.
Our crew, tired wet and sweaty, watch the ocean for set waves. It didn't take long to realize that the 20 foot swell on the outside was just not making it in to where we were. Next time, we wait for a huge swell from a different direction.
After hours of searching for a route to the beach, finding it along with unsurfable waves, I finally made it back up to base camp. Not all that stoked right now.
With no surf on this trip, our mission quickly took a right turn, leaving Raph excited to blast anything in his sights.
Raph bagged this deer on the way home.

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