About

 

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A lifetime of paddling and surf experience. Over 9 years of operation in Tofino. Fun compassionate surf  and outdoor education is what we’re about.

Emre Bosut owner and creator of Swell Tofino (Swell Education Ltd. | Swell Paddle + Surf Tofino) has been on the pursuit of surf for most of his life. Swell is the latest way for Emre to share his passion for being in the ocean.

Swell Tofino actually started off as T’ashii Paddle School with origins of the company dating back to 2012 when Emre and Tsimka Martin began offering Paddling and outdoor education for tourism and locals. In 2019 the paddleboarding, surfing and first aid products of T’ashii were moved over to Emre’s new company Swell Education Ltd.

Learning while having fun in the water and the outdoors is our passion.

2021 is an exciting year at Swell. We’re now open in two locations. AT THE BEACH (at Mackenzie Beach Resort) and ON THE INLET (at Hotel Zed) offering surfing and paddleboarding lessons and surfing, paddleboarding and bike rentals to meet all your beach needs. We’re excited to help you live the Tofino Beach Life through rentals and instruction so we can share our passion while  continuing to grow and learn with the new energy that life and the ocean provides.

Meet Our Team:

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Emre Bosut

Owner, Surfer, Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer and Red Cross first aid instructor. Paddling and surfing has accompanied Emre on his journey through life. It Started off in a whitewater kayak searching for waves along the shores of Lake Ontario where he grew up in Burlington. It’s been a long and exciting journey, working across the country and internationally as a guide and instructor, to his current home in Tofino BC, where the waves are much bigger. One thing that hasn’t changed is Emre’s love of being on the water, which today is usually on a paddleboard or surfboard.

Emre is passionate about instruction and learning along with people. He is excited to be developing Canada’s most comprehensive SUP  and Surf instruction resources drawing upon his instructional expereince of working as an instructor and guide throughout is processional life.  Emre’s past experience includes instructing guiding programs (the COLT Program, Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training), Whitewater kayak instruction with Madawaska Kanu Center, Sea Kayak guiding in Clayoquot Sound with Paddle West Kayaking, first aid instructing as a Canadian Red Cross first aid instructor and most recently a Paddle Canada SUP Instructor Trainer and chair of the Paddle Canada SUP development committee.

Emre is always stoked to share his love for catching waves and learning in the outdoors. If he’s not figuring new ways to share the world of paddling and surfing with others, you know where he can be found: In the surf.

 

Garret Macleod

Garrett grew up on the great lakes in Ontario and when he’s not Guiding, paddle surfing, or biking here in Tofino he lives in the beautiful southern Gulf islands with his Daughter, where he enjoys island hopping and whale watching on his paddle board and being a Dad.

 

Bridget Broussard

If you’ve spotted a girl with dreadlocks and a huge smile on her face shredding at a beach in tofino, you know you’ve met Bridget Broussard. Hailing from the east coast, Bridget grew up in the water. Her love of the ocean developed as a child when her family would often spend the entire summer camped out on the beach in rural Nova Scotia. After moving to Tofino when she was 18, she discovered her passion for surfing. Since then, her life has revolved around the sport. She spent 2 years honing her skills at some of the finest breaks in Australia before moving back to the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island to develop her skills as an instructor. Qualified with the International Surf Association as a level 1 surf instructor, her passion shines through in her teaching and she is always stoked to pass on the wisdom and knowledge that she has acquired over the past 8 years in the swell.

 

Fellipe Trasmonte

Fellipe is our Brazilian team member, he started surfing at 5 years old, grow up surfing on the coast of São Paulo. Moved to Tofino to experience the cold water surfing, got passionated about it and decided to stay!

 

 

Maddi Leblanc

If you google the word passion, you’ll find its definition means ‘strong barely controllable emotion’. If you meet Maddi, you’d clearly be able to see that passion is how she demonstrates her love for the sport of stand up paddle boarding. Maddi now 24, was born and raised in Welland, Ontario, CAN a small quaint community located in the heart of the Niagara Region. Her journey began when she was only ten years old, watching two men paddle on SUP’s in Lake Huron, Ontario, CAN. The minute she hopped on she immediately fell in love with gliding on-top of the water. Years passed and in December of 2012 she had received her first paddle board. In 2013 she took her board out for the first time on the Welland Canal, and it was at that moment that she had come up with the idea of her current fundraiser ‘On Board’. Maddi launched On Board in 2014 and has been running the event annually ever since, raising over $40,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society specifically for brain cancer research. Since creating the fundraiser, sponsors had introduced her to the world of SUP racing.
In 2016 Maddi began SUP racing and has been forever changed by the competitive side of the sport. In 2017 she claimed the Ontario SUP Series overall Open Female Category winner, as well as the ‘MVP’ (most valued paddler) award for her On Board efforts. At the end of the season she signed on as a team rider with ‘Starboard’ one of the worlds leading SUP companies. In 2018 she made an even bigger statement winning the overall Elite Female Category with the Ontario SUP Series, raced for Team Canada in China at the ISA world sup and paddle board championships, as well as taking the overall win and the yellow jersey at the 2018 and 2019 Mammoth Race in Toronto.
When Maddi is not on the water she dedicates her time to inspiring others to work hard and chase after their dreams. She does this through guest lectures at her school, providing inspirational talks in her local community and beyond, as well as sitting on panel discussions about women in sport. Currently Maddi is working on her Masters thesis at Brock University, where she hopes to inspire the world of academia with her research in the outdoor recreation and environment sector. Maddi also is a certified WPA Level 1 instructor, and ISA/ILS Surf and SUP Aquatic Rescue and Safety certified. Maddi hopes to combine her passions to create meaningful impact in her future career while motivating her peers to do the same.