Tofino, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada starts firing as Summer rolls into Fall. The swells pickup, the water gets colder, and the ladies begin to flow into town for the annual surf contest presented by Billabong, Queen of the Peak. Billabong snowboarders, Taylor Godber and Alex Duckworth escaped from the mountains for a weekend surf adventure to catch all the action. Check out their travel diary below + a few quick tips if you find yourself in Tofino:
Taylor and Alex en route: 2 hour ferry ride, 3 hour car ride. Tofino, here we come!
Always up to no good...
Fuelling up for the long winding road ahead.
Greeted at the Wick Inn by chocolate covered strawberries. YUM!
Breath taking view to wake up to.
Sunrise beach stroll at North Chestermans.
Smoothies make you paddle harder?
Queen of the Peak brings 80 competitors to Tofino for both long and shortboard categories.
Local favorite, Hannah Scott after her first heat in the ice cold water.
Spur of the moment decision, Taylor decides to compete! Time to strategize...
Taylor wasn't the only snowboarder taking her boarding skills to the water, snowboarder Marie-France Roy joined the girls for a paddle.
Tacofino taco truck is a gem!
Ducky's eyes are bigger than her stomach
Lunch was followed by a hike through Tonquin Park.
Practicing for Movember.
The Cali crew scoping out their competition, best view in the house.
Grommette's gathered in the water for Princess of the Peak.
Matea Olin was crowned after charging the back set, waves were double over her head.
Local legend Catherine Bruhwiler takes home the shortboard win!
Ladies gathered for the annual Wine and Cheese Competitor Reception.
Taking in the view at the Ancient Cedars Spa, nothing like a steam room to wrap up a long day.
Typical Tofino weather! Getting ready for the long road home.