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Pacific Surf School
Tofino Surf Adventures

Comapanies that provide surf rentals, lessons & guiding

Live to Surf

Tofino's original surf shop, open since 1984. We stock a huge selection of surfboards, wetsuits, movies and surf accessories. We also offer lessons for beginners, groups, and private instruction. Shop in our store, or check out our website for a great online surf shop.

1180 Pacific Rim Highway  •  Tofino, BC

(250) 725-4464  •  info@livetosurf.com

Pacific Surf School

Offering an unforgettable surfing experience since 1998. Our certified instructors incorporate their local knowledge and passion for the water to offer the most comprehensive surf & SUP lessons on Canada's west coast. With lessons, camps, and rental gear for the beginner to advanced surfer or paddle boarder enthusiast, we are a one stop shop!

441 Campbell St  •  Tofino, BC

Toll free 1-888-777-9961, Local (250)725-2155


Storm Surf Shop Online

Tofino's Favourite Surf Shop also has an online store! Shop for wetsuits from great brands like Xcel, or check out our fantastic selection of Storm-brand hoodies, tee shirts and headwear. We've been providing exceptional service for almost twenty years, and we're happy to bring that great service right into your livingroom with our oniline surf shop.

444 Campbell St  •  Tofino, Canada

Phone: (250) 725-3344  •  info@stormcanada.ca

Surf Sister

Our certified surf instructors teach men, women, boys and girls the passion of surfing in a supportive and fun setting. We also offer advanced and intermediate surfing sessions. Our classroom along the Pacific Ocean near Tofino, Canada is home to some of the most highly rated beaches in the world for beauty and for learning how to surf. Join us!

625 Campbell St •  Tofino, Canada

Toll free 1-877-724-SURF (7873)  •  Local (250) 725-4456


Tofino Surf Adventures

We do our teaching in the water! Spend more time in the water and learn to stand up faster. Offering group, family and private lessons for all skill-levels, as well as surf guiding to help you find the best waves of the day.

511 Campbell St  •  Tofino, BC

Toll free 1-855-725-3119, Local (250) 725-3119


Surfing in Tofino:

Catch the Wave!

Surfing in Tofino has been growing in popularity for a number or reasons:

  • Surfing is Fun! People have latched onto surfing because it provides a relaxing break from the rest of the world. Yes, even Tofino gets busy sometimes.
  • Forecasting the surf has gotten so much easier! Find a reputable surf report website and do some research -- you won't regret it.
  • Wetsuits aren't all that bad... although a clean tropical wave in surf trunks beats the pants off of a thick, damp wetsuit and rainy Tofino beach break anyday
  • Surfing is Cool. Major marketing has exploded around the surfing industry, and this is also the case in Canada. Many surf shops and surf schools have sprouted up in and around Tofino.
  • Wetsuits look good. It's hard to deny that everyone looks better in a wetsuit, which is certainly one of the reasons Canada's Surf Culture is so popular.
  • There are many great surf breaks in the Tofino area, most of which are accessible by car or Tofino Transit
  • Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a totally different activity but it's extremely fun. Read up on the how and where to flatwater SUP and SUP surf in and around Tofino.

Five tips for planning a Surfing Holiday:

  1. Find accommodations

    And find them well in advance of your surf trip. We can't say this enough in the summer months. This includes camping - a good campsite in Tofino is often harder to find than a hotel room. Many of Tofino's surf schools offer packages with lessons or camps that include some type of accommodation.
  2. Rent wisely

    There are many surf shops in Tofino that have good surfing equipment and comparable prices. Find a shop that suits your needs.  Keep in mind that the ocean temperature is not tropical and that generally a surf session lasts only an hour or two before you need to warm up.  If you are a first timer surfer, lessons are highly recommended. Look here for information about renting stand up paddle boards.
  3. Be safe!

    Surfing is not a la-la sport, and Tofino's beaches are not a safe haven. Learn all of the local surf conditions and weather conditions before going out. While we do offer a good surf report, the best way to get the skinny on which beach to head out is to find safe, quality surf instruction. When in doubt, follow the advice on the surf etiquette signs put up at the beaches by the Surfrider Foundation: "When in doubt, don't paddle out." (Thanks, Surfider!)
  4. Avoid the crowds

    If you're a beginning surfer, don't just look for where people are surfing and then paddle out into the lineup. Take a surfing lesson from one of the local surf schools, or at least start out in the white water on a calm day. Paddling out into a crowd of surfers will end up in a bloody, messy, and confrontational situation. Surfing is supposed to be fun, remember?
  5. Do some local research

    Tofino has many many surf breaks. All of the surf breaks are different, and one may be good on the same day that a nearby break is terrible. Take some time to learn why surfing conditions are so variable, and investigate as many surf spots as you can. Now use that new knowledge to find your perfect Tofino surfing getaway.