Any where in the world that has a wedging shore pound, heaving beach break or slab on dry reef you will find a pack of a dozen Sponges hurling themselves under the lip and into heaving barrels. Canada is no different except the pack is only two strong, and they are both expats from South Africa. Maybe its the cold water, the difficulty of finding swim finns that can fit a 5mm bootie or the social stigma that “Boogie Boarding” is just not cool, that keeps Canadians from slipping there feet into finns and swimming out on a bodyboard.
Recently Gotsurf creative Adam Dewolfe set out to film Greg Vorster and Vijay Maharaj doing what they do off the coast of Vancouver Island in the 46 degree water we are blessed with up north. Don’t let the sun fool you, Its Cold in the water and its cold on the beach. Ice puddles, frozen kelp & crisp winds make a fire necessity to keep the toes and fingers warm and ready for a session.
Greg first came to Canada 10 years ago to experience something new, soon there after meeting a beautiful young “Québécoise” girl named Emilie Ouellette who is an aspiring surf photographer. Check out some of her photos below. She has had work published in SBC along with other international Bodyboard magazines and enjoys every minute of chasing waves with Greg. Vijjay is a more recent import who spends most of the winter surfing the North Shore of Oahu and hanging out with his 3 year old who lives on the Island. He wishes he could spend more time out here but we don’t blame him for wanting to pack the suit away for a bit and sneak into some boardies.
“im a fan of anyone riding waves on any kind of vehicle as long as its done with a good attitude and respect for others, Lifes to short to be a donkey”. Greg and Vijay did not disappoint. We filmed this over a handful of days not always epic conditions but epic adventures & had a great time doing it. adam dewolfe.
until the next Surf trip Bru!!!
Text and film by Adam DeWolfe
Some photos by Émilie Ouellette