On our final full day in Tofino, we were going surfing! I had never been before, so it was quite a terrifying (but memorable) experience. Our surf coach was a really rad guy who used to teach surf lessons for Beach Travellers in Costa Rica, and he made sure everyone was comfortable going out there & knew all the important safety rules before heading out.
After we all struggled into our wet suits, he got us all settled on the beach and gave us the basics to try and get us up on our boards during our first lesson! Even the seasoned surfers sat in on the lesson and helped to make sure we understood what was going on. We were SO lucky, after two days of chill and rain, it was a bright & beautiful sunshine in Tofino. Such a perfect day!
Overall surf experience for me was a bit scary. Luckily one of the guys stayed with me for a little while and managed to help me through my first massive wave which took me under water and completely caught me off guard. This city girl was NOT prepared for the freezing cold waves in the Pacific Ocean, but I’m definitely glad I gave it a shot. I ended up spending about half an hour-45 minutes in the water, and then spent the rest of the afternoon walking along the beach, going into the ocean in my wet suit, and of course taking pictures!
That night was our most epic, in all kinds of epic proportions. We headed back to the beach house around 3pm where most of us spent a solid hour in the hot tub warming up before showering, and getting into our onesies for our themed party that night. It was a literal evening spent in PJ’s with some beer and awesome people.
Our jet lag and early start to the party meant we were all peacefully asleep before 1am (although it definitely felt like 4!) but it was better for us, because the 8am wake-up for breakfast the next day would have been even tougher on us all. Our last morning in Tofino was just as amazing as every other day, just much more sad. I didn’t think it would be so tough to say goodbye, but spending four straight days completely stress free was ultimately the best thing ever.
We had a bit of time to spare before we had to load up the cars and head out, so we wandered around the little part of town we were in. It was all surf shops- very quiet and quaint- so I headed up the street where you had the most beautiful view of the mountains and the docks.
We finally had to say goodbye to the BT guys who would be staying in Tofino for a few more days, packed up our BT vans, and started making the drive back to the Victoria airport. I would be traveling for the longest that day- we left around 11am and I wouldn’t get home until 8am the next day! I was very sad indeed. Luckily, I got to sit in the front & we jammed to some great tunes for five hours, enjoying the gorgeous view.
Despite having a 3 hour layover in Vancouver, surrounded with everyone’s stuff and all of us sitting in a circle on the floor, I just had this moment of clarity, reminded me that I feel most like myself when I’m traveling somewhere new. Sometimes (like the two days leading up to my trip) I start to get really nervous or anxious about doing something so far out of my comfort zone (like meeting 15 new people across the country) but then I remember that it’s GOOD to do something that scares you once in a while. It makes life so much more interesting.
I came home exhausted, but so ready to start this job. I want to travel with Beach Travellers this summer. They won me over. I’m crazy about this company that I work for, and I want everyone to experience this kind of weekend but on bigger levels, in Thailand, Bali, and Costa Rica. I can’t wait to see where this SBM position takes me. If I’ve learned anything in the last few years, it’s that my life can be so uncertain, but in the best way possible.