2024 Rip Curl Nationals Are Coming To Tofino

April 15th, 2024

What is the Surf Canada Nationals comp?

Rip Curl Nationals is a surfing competition, part of the CANAM Open series, where women and men compete over a 3 day period in official ISA (International Surfing Association) age categories and disciplines.


Where & When?

April 19-21, 2024 at Cox Bay, Tofino BC


How it works?

Each event is split into 4 person heats, the top two people from each heat progresses until the final heat where an overall winner is chosen.

Competitors get their heat scores from the top 2 waves they ride in that heat. Each wave is scored by the judges in three main aspects: speed, power and flow. Performing turns and maneuvers that flow nicely together, on bigger waves, and in critical wave sections will lead to a higher wave score.


Who’s to watch? 


Mathea Dempfle-Olin

Sanoa passion Dempfle-olin

Ocea Green

Catherine Bruhwiler



Shannon Campbell Brown

Reed Platenius

Shea Bruhwiler

Keenan Bush

Michael Darling

Peter Devries

Noah Cohen



Ali Rousseau (mens open and longboard division)

Aran Rooney (mens open and longboard division)

Bridget Broussard (womens longboard)


Photo by Pexels


Where to watch? 

  1. In person at Cox Bay beach in Tofino.
  2. On the big screen


If you decide to watch in person, you’ll need to follow a few rules:

  • Watching the event live at Cox Bay is free. However, there is Beach Pay parking in effect every day 8am-11pm. The rates are $3 for the first 2 hrs, $3 each additional hour, or you can pay a one time fee of $12 for the whole day.
  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking are prohibited in outdoor public places, that includes all beaches and parks in Tofino. 
  • Dogs are allowed on the beach, as long as they are leashed.  
  • Fireworks and firecrackers are prohibited at all times. 
  • Due to the proximity to the Tofino Harbour Water Aerodrome and Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ), the use of drones is restricted.
  • Beach fires are not permitted at Cox Bay. Fires are allowed at Mackenzie and Chesterman beach in contained clean burning or reduced smoke fire appliances. 
  • Camping in tents, RV’s, vans, trailers, and cars is strictly prohibited on the beach, as well as parking lots and streets. 



Where to surf during the comp? 

You might just get so inspired that instead of watching you want to go surfing yourself. We completely understand!

Here’s what you need to know: the competition will be held at the South side of Cox Bay beach, the Maltby Rd parking lot. You can still surf at Cox Bay, but keep to the North side of the beach to avoid disrupting the comp. If you want to dodge that area all together, I suggest checking out Chesterman Beach or Long Beach.


Lessons and rentals during nationals weekend

Even though a few members of our team will be out there competing, the Swell Tofino shop remains open regular hours (9am-6pm). Come visit us in the store or book rentals and lessons through our website. 


Lara & the Swell Team 🏄‍♂️