Cariboo Extreme: Summer Sessions
The surfing lifestyle is very consuming. Once you become rooted in, your whole world revolves around riding more waves. After riding the same waves around town day in and day out, you start to want something more, especially new spots to surf. You branch out to different coastal destinations around the globe.
After many years of surfing in Tofino and making trips to places like Mexico, Indonesia, and California, Kye and Janek Peladeau and Isaac Raddysh realized something: there are endless possibilities to score equally quality surf with fewer crowds right here at home on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. There was just one setback: they needed a boat.
Last year they fixed this and purchased the Shotgun Showdown. The Shotgun Showdown is a 15 foot zodiac built to withstand almost anything the ocean can throw at it, and it can throw a lot. With the boat in the water, they came to the conclusion that it wasn’t quite “mission” ready. So they got it on land and started dealing with the issues. What happened next is a very long and expensive chain of events. It can be summed up with one term that is not at all funny anymore: BOAT, or Bring On Another Thousand. Four months and many thousands later brings them to where they are now.
A decent swell was forming up last weekend and it looked like it could be hitting this spot a few hours up the coast. So the surfers loaded up the boat with boards and beer, planning to camp for the whole swell and headed out at first light on Saturday. The ride up went exactly as planned with not a ripple out of place. Once they got there, they swam their gear into the beach and set anchor. IOt was easy to see the swell was getting bigger by the minute, so with a half-ass camp set up the only option was to get suited and paddle out!
Over the course of the weekend they rode many waves, ate many hot dogs, and drank many beers. By the time the boat was all packed up and ready to leave the boys could barely move from exhaustion. Totally surfed out. They pulled anchor and started to putt out, watching waves still barreling along the reef. Nobody was talking but as Isaac looked at Kye and Janek, he noticed they were all wearing ear to ear grins. At this moment, the idea of another thousand didn’t even phase us.