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Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) break guidePhoto by: Jay

Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Surf Guide

Tofino in Vancouver Island is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf Ideal winds are from the east northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
7.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tofino (North Chestermans Beach):

The best conditions reported for surf at Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in January while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Location Map

Interactive Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Tofino is Tofino Airport (YAZ) in Canada, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tofino is Comox Airport (YQQ), also in Canada, 97 km (60 miles) away.

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Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 25 March 2023, 23:34 Local Time
Sunday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off cross-

Swell History at Tofino (North Chestermans Beach)

Surf stats for Tofino (North Chestermans Beach), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Tofino (North Chestermans Beach)

Wind stats for Tofino (North Chestermans Beach), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Tofino (North Chestermans Beach) Reviews:

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Based on 10 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.9
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  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.5
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Adam S from Canada
“Weekly Tofino Surf Reports, Daily Surf Tweets may be found at Find surf accommodations there too. Found a great place, walk to the beach, for good price, last week.”

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