Surfing in Canada
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Surfing in Canada consists of:
The Pacific Ocean on the west coast of Canada has the most active surf scene in Canada. Tofino, British Columbia is the unofficial surf capital of Canada. Canada's west coast has surfable waves year-round, and Tofino was listed in the world's Top 50 surf destinations by CNN and Outdoor Magazine named Tofino the 'best surf town' in North America in 2010. In Tofino, ocean water temperatures are consistent year-round, averaging 8-12 degrees (C), and advancements in wetsuit technologies are attributed with making year-round surfing comfortable and safe. Bordered by an old growth rainforest, Tofino also has the most temperate climate in Canada. The Atlantic Ocean on Canada's east coast also has a growing surfing scene. Tofino has remained relatively undeveloped due to its proximity to Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve.
The Lachine Rapids in St. Lawrence River in Montreal is home to the Habitat 67 standing wave. The Ottawa River in Ottawa also has an active river surfing community. There are also growing river surfing scenes in traditionally inland prairie areas like Alberta, and Manitoba.
The Great Lakes in Ontario have an active surf scene. There are surf communities on Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and Lake Superior. The Wyldewood Surf Club, dedicated to lake surfing, was established in Port Colborne in 1965.
Temperatures as low as −10 °C (14 °F) are considered to be safe for lake surfing in Ontario. Lake surfers who become addicted can be seen surfing right to late November where the wave quality is hardly ideal for beginning surfers. Ontario has more than 17,000 kilometres or 11,000 miles of shoreline; which means that greedy surfers will not be rewarded with the best sites for surfing. There are beaches near Toronto and Burlington which will offer the best lake surfing experience for youngsters and adults alike.
Swells of 2 feet (61 cm) are commonplace on the Great Lakes of Ontario; while rare swells of up to 7 feet (210 cm) can bring the most passionate surfers from their beach houses; including land surfing sensation Elias Tobia. Tobia was born in Venezuela and became an Ontario resident in 2011.
- Surfing holiday in Tofino, Canada at Perth Now Travel
- "Surfers set record after 29 km ride on Moncton tidal bore". CBC News. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Lamey, Mary. "Everybody's gone surfin' on the St. Lawrence River". Montreal Gazette (Canwest). Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- How to surf the Great Lakes at Cottage Life
- Team Rider – Elias Tobia at Surf Ontario
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