Tofino is is Canada's surfing capital and it is renowned for its year-round surf appeal, miles of sandy surfable beaches, and world-class waves. Tofino is a surfing community with a culture of wet suits and rubber boots.
The water temperature is cool throughout the year (10°C/50F) - you'll need a wetsuit. What varies most in Tofino is the size of the swell. Here's an overview:
From March to May, Tofino gets some residual, larger swells out of the NW from the end of the winter storms. Spring brings a bonus of sweet southern swells. Typically by May, the wave size starts to die down—perfect for intermediate and new surfers wanting to get some experience before the busy summer season.
From June to August, the summer months are all about sunshine, smaller waves, and ideal conditions for first-timers wanting to take lessons and learn to ride. During this time, you'll find gentle rollers and small to mid-sized wind swells and long-period groundswell from the south. That said, larger southern swells are always a possibility. As a result, line-ups can be a bit busier this time of year but still not crowded by international standards.
From September to November, the first large swells of the season start to arrive in October, bringing frothy 10+ foot swells. The water is also the warmest it will be all year, winds switch to offshore (southeast) for perfectly groomed shape, and the beaches start to get less crowded and peaceful.
From December to March, the storms can bring 20- to 30-foot waves. Winds are still offshore from the southeast, grooming the waves to perfection. Seasoned surfers are rewarded with uncrowded line-ups, epic conditions, and challenges. This is not an ideal time for beginners, but there is always a sheltered beach with smaller waves for those looking to learn.
You will be our number 1 priority It may sound cheesy and pretty simple, but it’s true! Our guests in the shop and in the water are our absolute number one priority. Our staff is carefully hand-picked and trained to make sure that your customer service experience with us was the best it possibly could be. You’ll leave feeling like you’ve got friends to come back and say hi to next time you’re in town!
All of our instructors teach with us because they have a deep love for the ocean, surfing, and sharing this passion with the world. They come to us from many walks of life, each bringing their own flair to the team. More importantly, all of our instructors are First Aid, CPR-C, and Bronze Cross certified - meaning your safety is put ahead of all else.
We are so excited to get you out in the water and progressing your surf skill - whatever it may be! But it is also so much more than that for us. Our mission statement is based on the idea that everyone deserves a chance to experience to the ocean, so we work to provide an opportunity for everyone to do so. Every single one of our management team members can tell stories of how the ocean changed their life for the better. That’s why we are here - to not only get you out and doing one of the most fun activities we can think of, but also to create a space for your relationship with nature, and the ocean, to grow.
Pacific Surf Company creates the opportunity for all to experience the life-changing impact of the ocean. As a company, we are proud to provide high-quality lessons, exceptional rentals, create socially conscious apparel, and offer life-changing experiences.
We believe our customers deserve the best ocean experience possible and understand that their time with us is much more than just a lesson or rental. We understand that it's much more about a personalized ocean experience, not just the act of surfing.
Pacific Surf Co has worked for a long time with various youth groups from around Canada. Because of our location, we have been able to share our Passion for the outdoors with children and young adults, who, for various reasons, would have never been able to experience the ocean and surroundings that we enjoy every day. For most of those kids, it was and has been a life-changing experience that we have been involved in. I love my lifestyle because I know how it makes me feel.
Our pillars are:
Passion We are fiercely passionate about what we do. We strive to share this Passion with our co-workers and every person who gets in the water with us, or simply visits our shop.
We are proud community members that understand we are all connected. Working with and for our community is of utmost importance. We offer surf and the ocean programs to our local school children. We are the first coastal community in Canada to have something like this in the school curriculum. We are huge advocates of water so we use rainwater for all of our gear, we recycle all our neoprene and work closely with our local Surf Rider foundation on coastal initiatives. The biggest challenge we have is recycling and the types of materials used within our industry. It’s a tough one to tackle.
We understand that our actions significantly impact our social and natural environment. We make decisions to ensure we are leaders within our community regarding important environmental issues.
Everyone deserves an opportunity to experience the ocean. We make sure that’s possible.
We create the space for everyone to be a leader in the many forms.