Having spent his fair share of time in the wilderness fighting off bears, felling trees, and threading secret Canadian tubes, Tofino’s Peter Devries is an expert when it comes to leaving the beaten path, scoring empty waves, and getting home alive. Want to look for waves outside of your pedestrian surf zone? Take a few notes from Pete first.
It’s camping, it’s supposed to be rough: Before you set out, let’s get one thing straight. If you’re truly going bushwacking in search of epic surf, accept that the journey will inherently suck at times. “The hardest camping trip we’ve ever done was probably a 10K hike into a really secluded spot with all of our gear,” says Pete. “We were dropped off by a boat and had to hike this trail that we thought was going to be easy and only take us four to six hours. It ended up being really mountainous terrain with big sections of bog and mud. We hiked for eight hours, the last two in the dark with headlamps, until we finally found the coast. We set up camp in the pissing rain not knowing where we were. The next morning we woke up to find out we still had a couple headlands to get around. So we had to break down camp and hike for two more hours until we were at the wave. Jeremy [Koreski] and Raph [Bruhwiler] had packs that were around 100 pounds. Needless to say the crew was hurting before we got to surf. I had blisters all over my feet so I duct-taped them up before surfing. The waves ended up being really fun so it was worth it.”