7th Annual West Coast SUP Symposium | Sept 26 & 27, 2020 | Tofino BC
Presented by: South Island SUP and Swell Paddle + Surf Tofino
A weekend of stand up paddleboarding events on the west coast of Canada. Participating Paddle Canada Instructors receive professional development credit!
Come out for a weekend of SUP surfing, touring and new skills. Partake in Paddle Canada skill and maintenance clinics, meet other paddlers and explore west coast paddling.
2020, this year we will have Covid – 19 measures in place. The Symposium will be run as maintenance clinics only, other organized event activities will not take place, but at least we all get on the water together. The total number of participants will be capped at 20.
Location: Bella Pacifica Camp Ground, Tofino BC.
Cost: ($79+gst early registration) $89+gst for registration: includes participation in all activities (skills maintenance clinics), evening events and door prizes.
Extra: Accommodation, food, transportation. Recommended accommodation, camping at Bella Pacifica or Mackenize Beach Campground (please book your own accommodation or inquire about our 11 pre-booked spots along the beach).
Equipment: Bring your own boards and dress for immersion in west coast ocean waters. There is the option to rent board and/or wetsuit available through online registration.
Wetsuit+booties for 2 day symposium $40+gst
SUP for 2 day symposium $50+gst (limited hard boards so please get in touch – otherwise we have inflatables – great for learning surf on).
Touring board (not mandatory, but extra as a way to try it out during the touring portion) $30/day+gst (limited supply).
Equipment options will be available through online check out page, when you sign up.
Activities: All skill clinics will cater to a variety of levels of experience, with multiple instructors.
FRI – (arrival and opening!)
3pm to 6pm – check in to your accommodation in Tofino. Participants must organize their own accommodation. We can recommend booking a camping spot at Bella Pacifica.
6pm to 7pm – make sure you’ve filled out the online registration forms. No more live person REGISTRATION at BELLA PACIFICA LOWER CAMPGROUND, you do have the option to check in in-person at Swell Paddle + Surf located at the lower campground at Mackenzie Beach Resort (between 9am and 6pm).
SAT – (morning surfing, afternoon touring)
8:00 am – 9:00 am Introductions + Paddle Canada info session for Instructors: program changes, best practices, new teaching techniques, administration and a review of the standards for each skill level. MANDATORY FOR INSTRUCTOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT. Location: South Chesterman parking lot (also our meeting spot before surfing)
9:00am – 12:30pm SUP Surfing (SUP surfing level 1 or 2) meeting at South Chesterman Parking lot.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch Break
2:00pm – 5:30pm SUP Touring: Practical Navigation techniques. Launch from and return to Mackenzie Beach.
6:00pm No Dinner Event this year 🙁 but… we’re still all camping outside.
SUN – (Beach day! Surfing + some touring if you’d like)
10:00 am – 2:00 pm A day to enjoy the beach. We’ll spend the day at south chesterman mostly surfing, there will be the option to also go for a tour from the beach.
Stay connected and spread the word:
We will be posting updates on the facebook event page, it’s also a great way to invite friends!
NEW! additional Monday Advanced SUP surf course – (Not part of Symposium) :
Emre Bosut will be running a one of a kind Paddle Canada SUP surfing level 2 skills course. (Advanced SUP surfing with Video Feedback) $100+gst
Please make sure you have the skills to get the most out of this event. The clinics are not geared toward first time paddlers. All participants must have Paddle Canada Advanced Flat water paddling Skills or equivalent experience. This includes: Being able to paddle forward efficiently in choppy or windy condition and maneuver your board effectively. These are important skills to have to get the most out of the surfing and touring on the west coast. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re unsure about meeting this skill level, we can help answer any questions.