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Eager for a unique Canadian surfing experience and at same time spend lots of time at the beach having fun while learning the skills to surf all around the world? Join us and you will get all this. You'll learn to develop your technique and style, watch video of your surf sessions, and surf every morning from Monday to Wednesday. We'll work on wave selection, effective paddling, etiquette and how to make the most of every wave you catch. We'll also teach you the fundamentals of surf forecasting (how to read winds, waves, and tides) so you'll forever know where to surf and when.
During this retreat, you will stay in our co-ed dorm at Jamies Rainforest Inn. We provide comfy bed with personal lighting and plugin for your phone/laptop/tablet. Beds made daily and towels provided. Two in-room bathrooms available. This accommodation also have personal storage locker (bring a lock or rent one from the front desk), covered hangout space and patio, fire-pit (firewood available for purchase at the front desk), old-growth rainforest trail to the Tofino Inlet and pub within stumbling distance.
Arrive in Tofino on Sunday evening. Take your time and enjoy the trip out. We recommend stopping at Coombs Market and Cathedral Grove along the way. Check-in begins at 16:00 but don't sweat it if you're running late. Just get here when you get here. Dinner is served until midnight.
Meet your Tofino Travel guide Drew in the restaurant for breakfast at 08:00. He'll fill you in on everything that's to come. After breakfast, Drew will take you into Pacific Surf Co to meet your surf coach, Allan Pearson. Then it's time to get suited up and go surfing until noon. After lunch Drew and Yogi will take everyone for a walk through the beaches and forests of Pacific Rim National Park.
After breakfast we'll meet Allan for your 09:00 lesson. Today is all about reading the waves, winds, and tides, then we'll surf and shoot video. Tuesday afternoon is set aside for free time. Spend it relaxing or for an additional charge you can head out whale watching, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, or on a visit up the coast to Hot Springs Cove. Interested? Just head to the front desk and they'll get you sorted. Tuesday night is known as "Tunes-Day" at the pub, so you might want to head over for a few drinks and some live music.
After breakfast we'll meet Allan at 09:00 to review your surf footage from yesterday. You'll get to watch everyone's best waves and get some solid tips to help you improve your surfing (1 hour). Then we'll hit the surf again and shoot some more video (2 hours). On Wednesday afternoon Drew will take you on another adventure in Pacific Rim National Park so you can be blown away by the old-growth forest and endless, surf-filled beaches.
Spend a relaxed Thursday morning and eat breakfast with all your new friends before packing up and heading for home. Check-out is at 11:00 and we hope you'll be back to the coast for surf sometime soon!
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Spending all that time in the surf is great exercise and you'll be able to relax and hang out after your surf session while we do all the work. We'll serve you dinner on the Sunday evening you arrive, and don't worry about running late because the kitchen is open until midnight. We'll also serve you breakfast before you leave on the following Saturday. Our menus include light options as well as hearty stuff to satisfy even the biggest eaters. We're happy to accommodate vegetarians and everything we make can be ordered as gluten free. Alcoholic drinks are not included, but the bar is well stocked.
Dinners served with soup or salad as a starter and a soft drink.
Wild Pacific salmon or roasted chicken served with a daily selection of seasonal vegetables and your choice of wild seasoned rice, herbed nugget potatoes, whipped Yukon garlic mash, or fries.
Bouillabaisse: smoked tomato consomm with roasted fennel, the fish of the day, jumbo shrimp, clams and mussels.
Rainforest pasta with your choice of sauce, noodles, and veggies, meats, and seafood. Gluten-free noodles are available.
Big dinner salads.
Beef, chicken, and salmon burgers served with crispy fries or salad.