Surfing Where The Wild Things Are  - Stab Mag
334 Views

Surfing Where The Wild Things Are 

Mathea Olin, Pete Devries and Noah Cohen surf British Columbia’s best slab.

elsewhere // Oct 3, 2021
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: 3 minutes
Film by Nate Laverty/Red Bull.

British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, the province is best known for its giant glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and emerald green lakes. It is a place you can expect to run into a hundred snowboarders for every one surfer you meet. 

Tofino is a small district on BC’s west coast. It sprawls on a peninsula within Clayoquot Sound, characterized by wild natural scenery including lakes, inlets and ancient rainforests. It is also home to Mathea Olin, a 17-year-old professional female surfer from Tofino, the quaint coastal town of 2000 that is increasingly becoming recognized as a legitimate surf destination for the adventurous because of its year-round swell magnetism and uncrowded, perfect waves.

In this clip, Mathea, Pete, and Noah do a strike mission to a remote slab north of Tofino, accessible only by a three-hour boat ride. It is Mathea’s first time surfing there. “The wave itself is a lot trickier than it looks in photos and video,” says Pete Devries. “It’s basically just a barrel. It’s a wedging peak that’s a right-hander that you’ve got to get behind the peak on the takeoff, or else you’re not in the barrel.”

The slab was pioneered by Raph Bruhwiler, Canada’s first professional surfer and one of the biggest chargers in the cold-water scene who operates adventure surf programs to some of BC’s most remote and perfect waves. You’ll need to pack a 5mm hooded wettie, booties, gloves, and camping gear if you plan on wetting the gills. And perhaps a shotgun for the chance encounter with a hungry black bear.

Give it a watch and get some inspiration for your next surf trip. Significantly more interesting than Mex or Bali I reckon. 

Under the hood, Pete Devries.
Rugged, freezing, perfect.
Noah Cohen, cosy.
Trees in the Ancient Forest of BC are more than 1000 years old.
Mathea Olin, “People said to me ‘when you’re in the barrel time will stand still’. I never fully knew what they meant by that. When I got my first proper barrel at The Slab time did stand still. Those moments I will relive again and again.”
Pristine.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

“Airlines Hate Me:” Bad Boy RyRy’s Guide To Surf Travel

Want to get pampered at the pointy end of the plane for free?

Aug 17, 2022

7:11

What Happens When You Borrow A Pro’s Board?

Joyride: The Shrizz from PANDA surfboards.

Aug 16, 2022

2:17

Mick Fanning Samples California’s Finest Local Produce

Mayhem at Lowers.

Aug 16, 2022

Mountains Died So You Could Surf

The value of sand.

Aug 15, 2022

9:12

UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

Returning to the best & sharkiest air wave in the world, as seen in Mod…

Aug 14, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

What the Stab reader survey teaches us about taste.

Aug 14, 2022

2:14

Kelly and Local Gal to Win Teahupo’o?

Local insights and a firing forecast.

Aug 13, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022

16:04

Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022

3:24

While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022

1:38

Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022

PSA: Surf Filmers Not Welcome In Nicaragua

Cameras and drones are being seized on arrival, Stab spoke with two recent visitors.

Aug 11, 2022

Inside The Alternative Surfboard Marketing Machine 

Two of the biz's best — Matt Parker and Blake Peters — spill many beans.

Aug 10, 2022

The Tragic Parallels Between The Murder Of Ricardo Dos Santos & 8x World Jiu Jitsu Champion Leandro Lo

Two Brazilian sporting icons killed brazenly by off-duty police officers.

Aug 9, 2022

The Pick-Up, Vans US Open: In The Belly Of The Beast

Finger flips, shaping with Zion Wright, slurpees, Hawaiian takeovers, and the king of Surfline rewinds.

Aug 8, 2022

Albee Layer Discusses His Not-So-Budding Acting Career And The Upcoming Film “Sweet Adventure”

"Matt and Nora were tripping a little harder than I was just because they weren't…

Aug 8, 2022
Advertisement