Surf Canada Nationals Begin Friday!
Photo credit: Marcus Paladino
VICTORIA, BC – Surf Canada’s 2018 Surf Canada Nationals are set to take place at Wickaninnish Beach, BC later this week. The weekend of May 4-7, 2018 will see this Canadian-only event determine National Champions in 10 divisions and serve as a direct pathway for selections to the Canadian Team competing at international competitions. The National event would not be possible without the generous support of our hosts Parks Canada, Tourism Tofino and Tourism Ucluelet.
“Parks Canada is pleased to welcome Canada’s surfing stars to the waves at Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve,” said Karen Haugen, Superintendent of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. “We invite competitors and supporters to stay safe and enjoy the beaches – and stunning backdrop of the coastal rainforest – that make up the quintessential west coast surfing experience. Good luck to everyone competing in the Surf National Championships!”
The event will feature female and male surfers in each of following divisions; Open Shortboard, Junior U-18, Junior U-16, Longboard, and SUP Surf.
“Tourism Ucluelet is extremely excited to be part of the inaugural Canadian Surf Nationals event, being held at Ucluelet’s ‘local break’, Wickaninnish Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve,” stated Denise Stys-Norman, Executive Director, Tourism Ucluelet. “Surf and Paddleboard fans from around the world have been highly engaged through our social media channels in anticipation of the competition. The West Coast of Canada has a rich history of surfing and a strong love for its beauty and pristine natural surroundings; this event will celebrate what we cherish and showcase why this is one of best places to surf, and the local vibe as everyone is welcome from beginners to pros.”
The 2018 Surf Canada Nationals are proudly hosted by Parks Canada, and supported by Tourism Ucluelet, Tourism Tofino, Government of Canada, Red Bull, Ocean Rodeo, Reef, Nixon, Clif Bar, BN3TH, FCS, Gorilla, Headhunter, Corkcicle, XCEL Wetsuits, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Surfrider Foundation and SBC Surf.
“Our team is excited to support these National Championships in the quintessentially West Coast setting of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve,” said Nancy Cameron, Executive Director of Tourism Tofino.
For event registration and information, please visit www.csasurfcanada.org.
ABOUT SURF CANADA
Surf Canada is the official National Sporting Federation (NGF) 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, Surf Canada is solely responsible for selecting Surf, Stand-Up Paddle, and Prone Paddle athletes to compete at international events including the yearly ISA World Championships, PASA PanAm Surf Championships and every four years the PanAmerican Games and the Summer Olympics Games.
Dom Domic, Surf Canada President