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2023 RIP CURL CANAM Surfing Championship

2023 RIP CURL CANAM Surfing Championship
Presented By White Claw
LIVE DAY 1 - APRIL 14, 2023
LIVE DAY 2 - APRIL 15, 2023
LIVE DAY 3 - APRIL 16, 2023
Presented By White Claw

WHAT is it:

2023 RIP CURL CANAM Surfing Championship is a 3-day competition featuring women and men in Pro, Open (Amateur), U18 & U16 Junior, Longboard, and SUPsurf, all competing for the highly coveted Rip Curl CANAM Titles, co-sanctioned by Surf Canada and USA surfing.

WHY do it:

  1. Most importantly, because being involved and competing is so much FUN! 
  2. Gives you a personal goal and incentive to acquire and improve your surf skills.
  3. And, for those that are at the top of their game, the Final results from eligible competitors will determine ’23 Canadian National Team selections for the ’23 PASA Surfing Games (Pathway to ’23 Santiago Pan American Games, and ’23 ISA World Surfing Games), ’23 ISA World Juniors, ’23 ISA World Longboard, and surf division of ’23 ISA World SUP Championships. Team Selection Protocols 

All National Team spots are Earned by Results, Not Given.


Friday April 14 to Sunday April 16, 7:30am – 5pm* Rip Curl CANAM and Canadian Titles (3 total days of competition), Heat Draw and Schedule will be published on www.LiveHeats.com on/before April 7. 

* Schedule is tentative and SurfCanada reserves the right to change the schedule without prior notice. It is EVERY competitor’s ongoing responsibility to be aware of ANY changes and adjust accordingly. Please check your LiveHeats account as well as the 0n-Site Beach Marshall for any changes.


This 16th edition of “The Rip Curl’ once again returns to the epicenter of Canadian surf competition, Cox Bay, Tofino, B.C., with the competition site in front of the Maltby Road beach access.

Planning your Visit Here   

Travel Tips & Regulations Here 

Female and Male surfers from any country are eligible to compete in each of following;
Pro Shortboard, Open Amateur shortboard, Junior U18 shortboard, Junior U16 shortboard, Longboard (9’+), SUPsurf


$19,000 CAD Total PRIZE MONEY 

PRO Shortboard $15,000
Female and Male PRO finalists equally receive from the Total Prize Purse as follow:
Champion $4,000, 2nd $2000, 3rd $1000, 4th $500

$5000 provided by the Burns Family of Qualicum Beach and Calgary, in support of Surf Canada, with $4000 assigned as a Bonus Prize Purse, financially supporting the highest placing* Vancouver Island based Canadian surfers at the Rip Curl CANAM Surfing Championships as follows:

$1000 to Pro Women

$1000 to U18 Girls

$1000 to Pro Men

$1000 to U18 Boys

Custom AFTANAS surfboard for “Most Inspired Performance by a Local U16 surfer”

* In the event there is a tie in the ranking when determining the highest placed eligible surfer, the surfer with the highest heat-score total from their final heat in the respective event will obtain the Burns Family Bonus.

Medal Allocations:

All finalists in each division of SurfCanada events will receive medals, according to final placing, as follows: 

1st – gold, 2nd – silver, 3rd – bronze, 4th – copper

Competition rules can be viewed by clicking here

For the first time, all divisions will be judged by World Surf League (WSL) and ISA officials, priority judge, live scoring and four person heats.


Opens March 1 and Closes March 31. 

With 12 divisions and only 3 days to compete, spaces are very limited, register here 

By Registering and having your credit card charged (or pending) for this event has you waitlisted for your category, but does not confirm entry. You will be notified when your registration has been confirmed or declined before the close of registration. 

Please reference EVENT ESSENTIALS for further details.

No refunds for any reason after March 31, 2023.


Watching live at Cox Bay is always free.

As we are guests of the District of Tofino and the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, all District Park rules apply, including; parking and fees, no alcohol consumption, no smoking, no fires directly on the sand, and pets must be on leash at all times. 

How to Beach Responsibly 

Live Webcast at www.csasurfcanada.org 

and through our National Broadcast partner www.CBCsports.ca and www.GEM.cbc.ca and CBCSports YouTube 

Parking Fees

Beach Pay parking in effect 8am-11pm

$3 for the first 2 hrs, $3 each additional hr, $12/day or $120 annual pass

Plan your trip/getting around tofino 

Dogs and Pets

Dogs are permitted; however, they must be on a leash at all times. This includes beaches, trails, parking lots and in the water. 
This regulation is actively enforced Here with fines and further penalties if needed. It is also illegal to harass wildlife, therefore a visitor can be charged if their pet chases a wild animal. 
Please clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the garbage cans provided. Picking up after your pets shows respect to other visitors, their pets and the environment.

HWY 4 Kennedy Hill Road closure

Link to the revised closure schedule 

There is also a traffic advisory hotline which will provide detailed and up-to-date information to help plan your trip. The number is: 1-855-451-7152.


Current guidance from the Office of the Public Health Officer

  • All sport activities are allowed.
  • Proof of vaccination is no longer required for sport activities and programs.
  • Businesses, organizations and facilities no longer need a COVID-19 safety plan. They must follow communicable disease guidance from WorkSafeBC.
  • Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice.

All attendees must adhere to the guidelines set out by Federal, Provincial, and Local governments and the event organizer – no exceptions. Guidelines are subject to change based on the Federal, Provincial, and Local governments and our guidelines are subject to change alongside. 

Please DO NOT ATTEND if you feel unwell. 


Rip Curl CANAM Surfing Championship event site, is situated at the south end of beautiful Cox Bay. The seaside towns of Tofino and Ucluelet both offer a wide range of accommodation, from stunning Ocean and Harbor view resorts, to cozy Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts, Eco-Yurts, Hostels, Motels and Campgrounds, you can find your unforgettable place to stay through the links below.


HOTEL ZED TOFINO is our official Event Hospitality Partner:

As the official Host Hotel for the Rip Curl CANAM presented by White Claw Hard Seltzer, Hotel Zed Tofino is the center of gravity for this surf weekend’s fun, food and rest! The resort is centrally located just minutes away from comp site at Cox Bay & the center of Tofino. Plus, Hotel Zed Tofino is offering incredible accommodations specials exclusively for competitors and fans!

Promo rate code “CSAFANS” for 15% off from April 12-17, 2023. 

Please call 1-800-663-0298 to book.

Learn more at this Link


“Hotel Zeds are ridiculously fun, unpretentious hotels that look damn good on your Instagram. We have completely unordinary amenities like rotary dial phones in every room, plus a bunch of other great stuff. You’ll never be bored here.

Now open in Tofino! Our Tofino Zed is our most deluxe hotel that oozes 1970’s swank.
Here we have the world’s first bike path that takes you through the lobby, retro office, psychic’s den and mini-disco with light up Saturday Night Fever style dance floor!”





Plan your West Coast Visit:




Canada’s most highly anticipated surf contest is the legendary Rip Curl Nationals, hosted annually in Tofino, Canada, and is now under a new name with much greater ambitions: the Rip Curl CANAM Surfing Championships presented by White Claw is ON for April 14-16, 2023! 

This newly formed North American Continental event series, CANAM, is sanctioned by both Surf Canada and USA Surfing and will feature women and men surfers from across CANada and the AMericas, all contesting for the prestigious Rip Curl CANAM titles for the first time, in Tofino, Canada.

Some of you have competed in Surf Canada events before and for some of you this will be your first time, and we hope you are just as stoked about competing this year at Cox Bay as we are!

Each year we strive to make this competition better for all surfers and spectators and we feel like this year’s event will be another very memorable one! We hope to see you at Cox Bay, April 14-16, for this year’s Rip Curl CANAM Surfing Championships. 

For those that can’t be there, we look forward to engaging with you through our live webcast on Surf Canada’s YouTube channel (linked on the homepage ), or distributed through our media partner, CBC, through their various online platforms CBCsports.ca, CBC Gem, CBC YouTube channel. Learn more at the link in our bio!

We hope to see you in Tofino in the near future


By Registering and having your credit card charged (or pending) for this event, has you waitlisted for your category, but does not confirm entry. You will be notified when your registration has been confirmed or declined before the close of registration.

Confirmation of registration will be based on the following hierarchy:
1. your 2022 Nationals event seeding
2. Sponsor and NSO invites,
3. time stamp of your registration.

In the event that your registration has been declined due to overcapacity, your entry will be fully refunded.

  1. In addition to this being the first Rip Curl CANAM, this event also determines Canadian National Champions, and results will determine Surf Canada National Team athletes in 2023 for the PASA Surfing Games, ISA Surfing Games, ISA World Juniors, ISA World Longboard Championships, and ISA World SUP surf. Please go to www.csasurfcanada.org ‘About Us’ tab ‘Document Centre’ for detailed Team Selection Protocol

Any questions please email dom.domic@csasurfcanada.org

  1. In order to ensure zero conflict-of-interest, 3 World Surf League (WSL) Officials will be judging, along with ISA accredited judges. Live priority and scores will be utilized.
  2. If eligible, Surfers are permitted to register for more than one category. Surfers can only register for either Pro or Open, not both. There is no discount for multiple entries.
  3. **SPECIAL NOTE** All Surfer’s ages are taken as of January 1, 2023. Therefore, an U18 surfer may not turn 19 between January 1 and December 31, 2023. A U16 competitor may not turn 17 between January 1 and December 31, 2023. Proof of age will be required to compete, and no competitors under 12 years of age*(exceptional circumstances will be considered)
  4. Rip Curl CANAM is open to all surfers, irrespective of nationality. 
  5. Please be mindful that we are all guests in Tofino and all rules still apply; Pay Parking, No alcohol, No smoking, No fires directly on the beach, and Pets must be on leash at all times (detailed information) All Health protocols must be followed.

No Competition Entry Fee refunds for any reason after March 31, 2023.


Please note that registration for this event is again being managed by LiveHeats, which through your smart device, offers user friendly registration, seamless live scoring, real time heat scheduling so you know when your heat is on, and of course event results! If you require support for your registration, please email liveheats

*Online fees are:
U18, U16, Open, Longboard, SUPsurf divisions $60 each
PRO division $90
*all pending availability

Read this Indemnity form carefully and completely, and if you agree, please sign and bring to the registration tent on-site prior to your first heat. You will not be allowed to compete without a properly signed Indemnity form.

Competitor Registration opens March 1, 2023 Here and closes March 31, 2023

  1. SurfCanada will nominate qualified athletes to compete in all the 2023 International Surfing Association (ISA) and Pan American Surfing Association (PASA) sanctioned events (Organizations). ISA and PASA competitions include Shortboard, Longboard, SUP Surfing, SUP Racing, for both Men and Women. All selections will be administered by Surf Canada. 
  2. The ISA, PASA, and Pan Am Sports (PASO) determine the number of athletes that may compete at their events by establishing quotas and qualification system per discipline for each country participating, which also guide Surf Canada’s Qualification System (Document Centre) 
  3. Surf Canada’s Guiding Principle is to select the very best competition surfers to represent Canada at the ISA and PASA events.


SELECTIONS SUMMARYfor much more detail, click (Document Centre)

  1. To be eligible for selection to Team Canada an athlete must at minimum:
  1. Be a Canadian Citizen
  2. Have a Canadian Passport that is valid until at least May 8, 2024
  3. Born on the year or before 2007
  1. Surf Canada 2023 Team selection is equal for both Women and Men and the following summarizes Method A selections based on final results from 2023 Rip Curl CANAM, Tofino, Canada, April 14-16 as follows:


PASA Surfing Games, Santa Catalina, Panama April 21-30 (PASA Link)

Shortboard – Top 3 from Pro division

Longboard – Top 2

SUPsurf – Top 2

*SUP Tech Race – Top 2 results from ’22 National Selections Events



  1. Due to the extremely tight time line between Team Selections and PASA Surfing Games, any surfers that will be competing for those positions must contact dom.domic@csasurfcanada.org to be added to the SurfCanada’s LONGLIST of potential athletes, as there will be several administrative items that will need to be completed for eligibility well in advance, whether you qualify or not.
  2. All nominated travelling Team athletes are 100% responsible for their own: travel costs and travel planning to Santa Catalina, Panama; food, equipment and preparation. 
  3. SurfCanada strongly recommends that self-selected Longlist athletes to Purchase a flight that is 100% refundable. Do not wait until after Rip Curl CANAM is completed. Your travel details will need to be submitted well in advance to SurfCanada, whether you qualify or not.
  4. SurfCanada will financially support the named and travelling PASA Surfing Games National Team members in Santa Catalina with the following:
  1. Shared on-site accommodations
  2. Entry Fee and annual membership 
  3. On-site Coaching, Training, Medical and Management staff 
  4. Team Uniform
  5. Pre and Post Games logistical support


ISA World Longboard Championships, Tunco, El Salvador, May 7-13 (ISA Link)

Longboard – Top 2

*This event is 100% Athlete funded; no SurfCanada support is available. 

All Team athletes are 100% responsible for their own: travel costs and travel planning to Surf City, El Salvador; entry fee, accommodations, food, equipment and preparation.

Surf Canada will financially support the named and travelling ISA World Longboard National Team members in El Salvador with the following:

  1. Management staff 
  2. Team Uniform
  3. ISA annual membership


ISA World Surfing Games, Tunco, El Salavador, May 30- Jun 7 (ISA Link)

Shortboard – Top 3 from PASA Surfing Games

  • Athlete obligations and Surf Canada support is the same as PASA Surfing Games.

ISA World Junior Championships, Date and Location TBD

U18 – Top 2

U16 – Top 2

  • Athlete obligations and Surf Canada support is TBD


ISA World SUP Championships, Date and Location TBD

SUP surf – Top 2

*This event is 100% Athlete funded; no Surf Canada support is available. 


In the event there is a tie in the ranking when determining the highest placed eligible surfer, the surfer with the highest heat-score total from their final heat in the respective event will obtain the quota spot. If still tied, the highest single wave score from the final heat will determine. If still tied, highest overall average heat total for the event will obtain the quota spot.


Detailed Qualification systems and protocols can be found here for:

2023 Pan American Games and Olympic Games Paris 2024

Should there be a discrepancy between this document and the Qualification System, the Qualification System shall prevail.  In the event of changes by the Organizations to the eligibility or selection criteria, Surf Canada is bound by these changes


Very reliable and consistent sand bottom Beach Break that works on all tides and open to all North Pacific swell angles.
Swell, Wind and Tide Forecast: 7 day Here

 For more information on how to stay safe – Water & Beach Hazards Here


SurfCanada is a not-for-profit National Sport Federation governing all Surf disciplines and is recognized by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC)International Surfing Association (ISA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

All profits generated from the staging of this competition, 

get reinvested into High Performance competitive surfing in Canada.


The 2023 Rip Curl CANAM presented by White Claw Hard Seltzer and Red Bull, is proudly hosted by the District of Tofino on the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, and supported by our: 

Community Partners; Tourism Tofino, District of Tofino & Tourism Ucluelet.

With Participation from the Government of Canada and Supported by the Province of B.C.

Event Partners Mill Bay Marine Group, YETI, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers, Endless Surf, Surfrider Foundation Pacific Rim Chapter, Aftanas, Telus, FCS, SexWax, UkeePoke

Event Hospitality Proudly provided by Hotel Zed Tofino

Media Partner SportsCanadaTV and CBC Sports

SurfCanada CANAM event property is 100% owned, administered and operated by SurfCanada, who is the official National Sporting Federation (NSF) and sport partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) who in turn is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing federation. As such, SurfCanada is solely responsible for selecting Surf, Adaptive, Stand-Up Paddle, and Prone Paddle athletes to compete at international events including the yearly ISA World Championships, PASA Pan American Surf Championships and every four years the Pan American Games and the Summer Olympics Games.


Participants registered for the Rip Curl CANAM, and eligible to compete for a spot on the National Team must be aware that doping control may be conducted by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) in accordance with the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

To avoid a positive test and the consequences of an anti-doping rule violation, athletes are encouraged to take the following steps:
• Check your medications: Use the Global DRO to determine if any prescription or over-the-counter medications or treatments you are using are banned by the WADA Prohibited List.
• Review your medical exemption requirements: If you require the use of a banned medication for a legitimate medical reason visit http://cces.ca/medical-exemptions to obtain information and instructions about how to apply for a medical exemption.
• Learn about the doping risks associated with supplements: Do not use supplements, or take significant precautions prior to doing so. Supplement products cannot be verified by the CCES or in the Global DRO. A lack of industry and government regulation makes it impossible to confirm their ingredients. Find out more at http://cces.ca/supplements.
• Review the sample collection procedures: This short video will take you step-by-step through doping control.
• Contact the CCES with any questions:
o Email: info@cces.ca
o Call toll-free: 1-800-672-7775
o Online: www.cces.ca/athletezone

Notice of Doping Control for Nationals EN

Notice of Doping Control for Nationals FR


SurfCanada strongly recommends that each and every participant/athlete procures insurance, including, but not limited to accident, liability and medical.

Surf Canada suggests that the insurance cover accidents or injuries sustained while in Canada, including those treated in Canada or in the country of their return upon leaving Canada.


This competition area for the Rip Curl CANAM Surfing Championships (the Site) is being used to photograph and record audio, video, and film footage by SurfCanada. By passing these posted terms you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree with any of the following terms or conditions, you must leave the site area as your conduct will be governed by these terms and conditions if you remain.

You are entering this Site and any man-made structures that may exist at the SITE at YOUR OWN RISK and forever release Surf Canada and their affiliates, agents and sponsors (together “Surf Canada”), to the fullest extent available at law for any claims or actions that may arise as a result of any damage to property or any injury that you might incur at the Site, including death;

By entering the Site you agree to being filmed, interviewed, or otherwise recorded by Surf Canada or any other sponsor or broadcast partner at the Site and waive any and all rights to the consideration (including a credit, royalty, or other consideration)for use of your image, voice and/or likeness in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity, for any purpose whatsoever, whether commercial, marketing, advertising or otherwise as determined by Surf Canada in its sole discretion and to freely edit and license the same;

You agree that you CANNOT use any image, footage, content (moving and still) or audio taken at the Site including any image, footage, content or audio of any surfer, name, logo, or brand, product or service of Surf Canada or its sponsors, for any commercial purposes whatsoever and you agree, to the extent any such content is captured by you, it shall ONLY be used for your sole, personal, non-commercial purposes;

You agree that you WILL NOT engage in any behaviour at the Site that may damage or injure property, any person, the name and brand of SurfCanada, an athlete or any sponsor;

You agree to fully comply with local, provincial and federal laws and regulations; and

You agree to follow instructions of security and Site staff at the Site, including any request that you leave the Site, as determined by them in their absolute discretion.

If you do not consent to the above and do not wish to be photographed, recorded, or filmed, please leave the Site immediately. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

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National partner Red bull
Partners logos csa surf canada-Mill bay marine group mbmg
White Claw logo
endlesssurf logo
Partners Yeti logo
heineken 0.0 logo
Partner canada.ca logo


presented by 

Red Bull Canada & Heineken 0.0

Surf Canada’s National Championship

North Chesterman & Cox Bay, Tofino

April 8-10, 2022

188 surfers competed for 10 National Titles, over 3 days, with the first day cancelled due to high winds and uncontestably dangerous conditions, 2nd day moving to North Chesterman in 2-4’ strong onshore, and finals day contested back at Cox Bay in really good 3-5’ and offshore conditions. 

 Congratulations to all the competing surfers and especially Canada’s National Champions for consistently pushing their performances to world class levels!

PRO Women

  1. Mathea Olin $1000 
  2. Sanoa Olin $600
  3. Jasmine Porter $500
  4. Ocea Green $400


  1. Noah Cohen $1000 
  2. Wheeler Hasburgh $600
  3. Reed Platenius $500
  4. Michael Darling $400

OPEN Women

  1. Kat Rosene 
  2. Ella Wallace
  3. Jasmine Turner
  4. Morgan McIntosh


  1. Clay Chiovitti 
  2. Rusty Goyer
  3. Keenan Bush
  4. Bryan Padron


  1. Ruby Woodruff 
  2. Claire Parsons
  3. Mathea Dempfle-Olin
  4. Amy Sousa


  1. Jeffrey Spencer 
  2. David Schiaffino
  3. Asia Dryden
  4. TJ Atwood

U18 Girls

  1. Sanoa Dempfle-Oin 
  2. Jasmine Porter
  3. Ocea Green
  4. Aqua Bruhwiler

U18 Boys

  1. Reed Platenius 
  2. Wheeler Hasburgh
  3. Jonas Meskis
  4. Shea Bruhwiler

U16 Girls

  1. Chloe Platenius 
  2. Ocea Green
  3. Ella Wallace
  4. Juniper Balch

U16 Boys

  1. Shea Bruhwiler 
  2. Kanoa Hee-Jae Palmiano
  3. Clay Chiovitti
  4. Jackson Meskis


For full results go to: https://liveheats.com/events/7470




SurfCanada is proudly supported by our Premiere National Partners:


Rip Curl Canada the official Apparel and Wetsuit Partner of Canada’s National Team and Title Sponsor of Rip Curl CANAM

White Claw Hard Seltzer presenting partner and official Hard Seltzer of Rip Curl CANAM, We Bring The Wave.

Heineken 0.0 the official non-alcoholic Beer of Rip Curl CANAM #nowyoucan cheers with no alcohol 

Red Bull Canada official Energy Drink of SurfCanada and co-presenting sponsor of SurfCanada Nationals. Red Bull vitalizes Body and Mind #GivesYouWiiings

CUSW Canadian Union for Skilled Workers – Building a better Canada, Thriving Communities, and Better Workplaces. Join CUSW today for a more secure tomorrow

Mill Bay Marine Group, founding partner of SurfCanada and Rip Curl CANAM

YETI official insulated Drinkware and Coolers of SurfCanada and Rip Curl CANAM

Endless Surf – Surf Park Technology provider of SurfCanada and Rip Curl CANAM 

Marwick Marketing digital marketing partner of SurfCanada and Rip Curl CANAM

Hotel Zed official Hospitality partner of SurfCanada and Rip Curl CANAM

USA Surfing, Co-Sanctioning Partner of Rip Curl CANAM


With participation from the Government of Canada « Avec la participation du Gouvernement du Canada. » 


Thank you Via Sport BC as this event was funded in part by, a grant from Via Sport BC and the Province of British Columbia. 

We want to gratefully acknowledge the traditional territories of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, the municipalities and tourism boards of Tofino and Ucluelet.

SurfCanada and all of our partners look forward to delivering the 2023 Rip Curl CANAM April 14-16, 2023 at Cox Bay, Tofino, Canada. 

We hope to See You There!

Dom Domic

2023 RIP CURL CANAM Surfing Championship

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