Surf Sister & Shelter Present
Tofino’s women’s surf championship is back for round two this October, bigger and better.
Building on last year’s maximum capacity entries, the female-friendly Queen of the Peak surf contest is set to run for two days mid-month, Oct. 15-16.
Last year the organizers struggled to run both a longboard and shortboard heats in one day, just prior to the start of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic.
And the demand from local women was overwhelming, with 50 girls filling all the spaces within days.
This year the shortboard contest will run on day one and the longboard event on day two. Participants are free to enter both sections (entry fees are $40 for one and $50 for both). Proceeds from the entry fees will go to the Westcoast Community Resources Society, a local non-profit that contributes to our communities’ well-being (www.wwcrs.ca).
Top prize is $1,500 to the winner of the shortboard contest and a new longboard for the top longboarder.
The Queen of the Peak, presented by Surf Sister Surf School, Shelter Restaurant, the Wickaninnish Inn, and Billabong, highlights the talented female surfers of Tofino.
“It’s meant to be a general surfing celebration to recognize the amazing women’s [surf] culture that exists here,” said Jay Gildenhuys of Shelter.
That unique culture also has an influence on the event’s structure.
On the contest days the beach set up will include a massage tent and babysitting services for competitors.
A wine and cheese, courtesy of Shelter, takes place at Surf Sister on the night before the competition starts (Oct. 14, from 7-9pm) to go over rules and heat times, and to distribute contest packages.
A spa night and jewellery show is set for Wed., Oct. 12 at the Ancient Cedars Spa at the Wickaninnish Inn, starting at 6pm. This evening features complimentary mini manicures and pedicures at the spa, as well as a jewelry sale by local artists. To cap the evening off there will be a showing of the girls surf movie Blue Crush at Shelter, with trivia and prizes.
And of course, the award dinner takes place for all contestants at Shelter following the competition on Oct. 16 at 7pm.
But guys won’t be totally left out of the action. The Boogie Bash is the first Queen of the Peak event, planned for Oct. 10 at 12pm at North Chesterman. This all-ages, co-ed boogy board contest is open to all, costumes encouraged. The entry fee is $10 and winners will take home cash prizes and will be entered to win a classic, lemon yellow 1972 Volkswagen Squareback. Get a sneak peak of this amazing prize at Surf Sister and on the contest Facebook page at facebook.com/Queenofthepeak (it drives!).
The winner of the car will be drawn at 10pm at Shelter on the awards night and you must be there to claim your prize. All surfers in the shortboard and longboard contests are also entered in the draw for the Volkswagen.
Last year’s Queen of the Peak winner Leah Oke of Sooke is reportedly unable to attend this year’s contest, so the field is open for a local heroine to take it all.
Depending on surfing conditions, the contest will either take place at North Chesterman or Cox Bay. Keep up to date with all the happenings on the Facebook page and register to surf at Surf Sister.