Surf pristine fall waves, meet new life-long friends, see amazing sites and enjoy an AllSwell Creative Workshop on this highly curated travel experience.
Dates: October 11-16
Accommodations: Luxury Eco-Friendly Yurts
Come join Leah Dawnson, Earth Missions and AllSwell in the beautiful North Pacific town of Tofino for a surf experience of a lifetime.
An opportunity to meet like-minded friends in our global surf community, this trip is designed to celebrate togetherness while expanding our love and awareness of the sea. Ultimately, we leave these experiences more equipped in the surf and memories that last a lifetime.
With waves ranging in all levels, from perfect longboard beach breaks to fast shortboard reef breaks; boards of all shapes and sizes are welcomed here. Each day, our focus will be timing the surf conditions for as long as we want to surf. The ideal uncrowded waters are a result of this area's remote locations.
Bonus: We are very excited to partnering with AllSwell Creative on this trip. The AllSwell team will run our group through an immersive experience in creative writting.
*Prior surfing experience is required - Must be able to catch your own waves.
*We do our best to align surfers in the sessions who are on similar ability levels.
Leah Dawnson - Earth Missions Guide
Leah Dawson is a professional surfer with an influential voice in women’s surf culture and community.
Two-time winner of both the Deus 9ft and Single event in Bali and the Women’s Pipeline Longboard Event, Leah has over 20 years of surf competition experience in both longboarding and shortboarding around the world, yet her passion lives in the soul aspect of surfing.
With a strong perspective of the new role women can play in surf culture, she seeks to inspire both women and men through her surfing, filmmaking, and coaching with the common thread of oneness with the ocean.
She grew up in Orlando, Florida and received her BA in Creative Media from University of Hawaii.
Location: Tofino, British Columbia
Trip Dates: October 11-16
Accommodations: Yurt / Lodge
Passport Required: Yes
INCLUSION / NOT INCLUDED
- Breakfast, lunch and Dinner provided each day
- accommodation (Lodge, Yurt, Campground)
- Airport transfers on the first and last scheduled days of the trip
- The services of an experienced guides for the duration of the trip
- All group safety equipment
- Flights to and from Tofino
- Travel and activity insurance
- Surfboards or Surfboard Rentals
- Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
- Any other items not listed as included
This Surf Experience is about Celebrating; celebrating the ocean, each other, the art of riding waves, and our bodies, tuning into our wellness.
We strive to maintain a harmonious atmosphere at all times, in and out of the water. Our surf guides will make sure that we always respect the locals, sometimes having us surf in shifts in order to not overcrowd the lineup. With open hearts, broad perspectives, and sea appreciation, joy will penetrate every cell of our bodies by the end of the retreat.
A range of accommodation is available at the beautiful Wya Point Resort so you can choose what will suit you and your travel buddies best:
- 7 seven lodges ideal for those looking for a more luxurious experience. The Lodges at Wya Point offer deluxe accommodation in self-contained, architect-designed post and beam lodges complete with fireplaces, modern kitchens, spectacular ocean views and walk-on beach access at Ucluth Beach.
- 15 yurts (each hosts two people); Choose from a 10ft yurt or a larger 14ft house if you’re looking for a little extra space. The Yurts offer full amenities, including, summer kitchens, barbecues, fireplaces, wrap-around cedar decks, oceanfront beach access, and cedar lounge chairs.
*Secure your reservations with Earth Missions.
Our team of experts are excited to hear from you. Call us to find out more about the trip and get answers to any questions you have.
Three meals will be provided each day for the entire group. We’ll eat like a family, enjoying breakfast and lunch together in a communal area.
Dinners are hosted at the Wya Resort restaurant and organized at other local eateries offering delicious dishes you’ll want to taste.
We want your trip to be tailor-made (including meals) so everyone takes away a truly unforgettable experience. If you have food allergies, intolerances or special requests, let us know. We will work hard to best accommodate your needs in any way we can.
*Wherever possible we provide organic and locally sourced foods.
*Alcohol is not provided on the resort.
*Additional snacks and food can be purchased at local markets or groceries.
If you’re into the outdoors as much as the ocean and craving some creative inspiration, Vancouver Island is the place for you.
From beginner surfers looking to improve their skills to long-time wave riders, Vancouver Island receives a variety of waves so you’ll find the ones perfect for you. If you’re more excited about the creative workshops and expert photography tips, no problem, spend less time in the water and more time behind the camera. This is trip is what you want to make it.
All ages are welcome but those 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
An ideal escape for a family, friends, couples, or a solo mission!
Historically, the sea here receives fun swells this time of year. Ultimately Mother Nature holds the cards for our surf sessions but we will do our best to find you the type of waves that you want to surf.
The sea surrounding Vancouver Island is cold (approx 55 degrees) so bring thicker wetsuits to brave these waters when you’re not out exploring with your camera. We recommend wearing a 4/3 hooded wetsuit with booties at a minimum, up to a 5/4 hooded wetsuit and booties (bring gloves if you’ve got them).
Got more than one wetsuit? Great, bring them…you'll prefer putting on a dry wetsuit each day instead of a cold, wet one!
Vancouver Island offers a variety of waves that cater to a wide range of boards. We encourage you to bring the go-to board you feel most comfortable on to experience all types of surf.
Longboards, shortboards, single fins, fun shapes, we’ll find waves to suit them.
If you don’t have a surf board, let us know. We will help you source/hire one from a local surf store in your area, or from a vendor when you get to Vancouver Island. We may also be able to provide one for you so let us know ASAP.
*Fly in to Tofino airport where your hosts will be waiting to escort you to Wya Point.
*Orca Airways offers daily flights year round between the Vancouver South Terminal Airport and the Tofino/Ucluelet Airport (we recommend booking with this airline but there are other options to get there).
*Ground transport to and from the airport is provided but you will need to book your own flights
*Our team can help you book your transport to Tofino and talk through the options available. Contact to our experts about how and when to book.
Travel health insurance is always recommended if your primary health insurance does not cover travel.
Talk to our experts for recommendations on travel insurance providers
WYA CULTURAL HISTORY
Nestled in the lush coastal rainforest of Vancouver Island’s west coast, a few miles from Ucluelet and minutes from the world-famous Pacific Rim National Park, Wya Point Resort is an ideal retreat for couples, friends and families looking to escape from reality and experience some of Mother Nature’s finest work.Immerse yourself in the native culture of the local Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ community while giving back to Vancouver Island through the Ucluth Development programs and Ucluth Development Corporation; two associations that provide employment and economic development opportunities to the people and places located across on the Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island.Local resources which were created as part of this program and that you’ll want to experience during your stay include:
- Two gift shops and galleries; The Wya Welcome Centre and one in the Kᵂisitis (formerly Wickaninnish) Interpretive Center
- The Thornton motel in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, a sustainable forestry company.
- Wya Welcome Centre and Campground/Resort, a partnership interest in Upnit Power run of the river project and a marina /waterfront business center in Hitacu (Hit-tat-soo) on Vancouver Island (and one of the options for your accommodation)
Yurt - - $2500 Per Person - (Private Yurt)
Lodge - - $3700 Per Person (Private Lodge)
$3300 Per Person (Shared Lodge 2 bedroom)
50% deposit required to hold your space on the trip* Balance due 30 days to departure