December 01, 2023 2 min read

 

WATCH: STORM WARNING 

Ski and surf in the same day on Vancouver Island

Sheltered from the open ocean and consistent swell of the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the Georgia Strait on the East side of the Island is mostly a calm and tranquil body of water. That all changes when the winter storms arrive. Along with intense precipitation comes severe winds ripping up the Strait, creating wind swell that catches rocky points all along the coast.

These harsh conditions are what we look for, creating a scenario where one can find surf and snow on the same day, within a drive of mere minutes between each other. We obsessively track weather forecasts, freezing levels, and tide schedules, and when the stars align, pounce on the opportunity.

This is West Coast surf to ski at its best. Not over head and glassy waves, and not neck deep and blower pow, but minutes from home on our little island in the Pacific, and just perfect for us.

 

Location: Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Filmed, Directed and Edited by: Jesse Bone, Filter Studios https://filterstudios.ca/

Produced by: Joe Schwartz

Skier: Joe Schwartz

Surfers: East Coast Surf Club, Cumberland Surf Club

 

 

 We obsessively track weather forecasts, freezing levels, and tide schedules, and when the stars align, pounce on the opportunity.

 

Minutes from home on our little island in the Pacific. 

 

BTS Checking out the surf... looks cold. 

Time to suit up. 

Jesse behind the lens, getting the shots.

Preparation is key, wax on.

These harsh conditions are what we look for... 
That's a wrap.

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Gear Notes

Joe is using the Nomad Jacket and the Nomad Bib Pant and the Durant Flannel.



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