Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tofino's Surf Sisters
I've been doing some very interesting interviews lately for a book project I'm working on. Surfing may be one of Tofino's major "industries" at the moment, but it actually got it's start out here in the early 1960s. Back then, several harding pioneering surfers like Jim Sadler, Bruce Atkey, and others, were pulling on stiff, awkward wet suits and hopping on boards they either made or had to drive to California to get. How things have changed. A quick scan of the phone book under "Surf Boards" yields eight entries for surf shops and schools and there are more that aren't listed. All summer, the waves at Chesterman Beach and other will be swarming with little black dots on their boards. Perhaps I'll even get out there.
CBC's The Inside Track had a great interview the other day with Catherine Temple (nee Bruhwiler) about female surfers on the coast and the history of how it all started for her generation. You can listen to it here.
These photos courtesy of my bud, Jacqueline Windh. (This is about as good as I ever surf:...)