The surfing part of our 17-day West Coast Road Trip was now officially over. In the morning, we’ll drive six hours into Vancouver City where we will bid farewell to each other. Four of us have an a. m. flight to Taiwan to get ready for a massive beach cleanup event in Yilan we’ve been planning. Then we’ll drop off Between Waves with our good friends at Flat Six Classics, where she will stay until a Porsche show and drive event later in the month.
To break up the drive a little, we planned a quick stop in Port Angeles, Washington to meet up with our friend Brian Kawal. Brian makes beautiful eco-friendly furniture; he also loves to surf and owns an immaculate RWB, among several other very cool vintage rides. He had just made a similar road trip from Port Angeles down to Los Angeles and when he knew we were driving up, he invited us to come see the waves at Port Angeles. For days, we kept looking at Google Earth, trying to figure out how swell could possibly make it into the inlet.
The drive passed through a shady forest, and then down a cool little unpaved road. Finally, we parked and Brian took us on a short hike. The sun was out, and the scenery was astounding. A quick hike took us around some marshlands, up a small hill, then we saw them: waves! The beach was sandy with some scattered cobblestones, tons of driftwood, and a few driftwood shacks surfers likely built. But the most impressive sight was right in front of us – a clean, pristine, peeling right-hand break. It looked perfect that day for a log, but with a bigger swell definitely rippable. We were mesmerized.
After lunch and a bit of rest, Jason brought us to Long Beach, another famous spot a few miles south of Cox Bay. A local at Tacofino told us Long Beach’s surf is “like a hard Cox,” and for the rest of the day we made immature jokes. Unfortunately, Long Beach wasn’t really working, but there were a bunch of other peaks at Cox Beach, so we made our way back. By then it was close to 5 p. m. and the parking lot was even more packed. Again, we were amazed at the surf scene there, but also jealous of the 9 p. m. summertime sunsets. For our second session, we paddled out right in front.
Our good friend, skateboarder/snowboarder Jason Bothe aka Renee Renee, was already there waiting for our arrival. Jason is from Vancouver and knows Tofino well. We met way back in the day, and worked on a few projects together, but it had been a few years since we’d seen each other. Although we’re exhausted from being on the road for almost 13 hours, we stayed up into the night catching up.
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