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Far & Wide: Surf The Longest Wave In North America

Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news
Surfing the tidal bore Photo: ABC news

The Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick is home to some of the most dramatic tides in the world. Twice a day, at high tide, the bay spills back into the mouth of the river, creating a wave that goes for miles called a tidal bore. The tidal bore is a phenomenon that happens in only a few places on Earth, one being right here in Canada. Typically, people will travel to the tidal bore for white water rafting—that is unless you’re a surfer. You only get two chances a day to catch the wave but if you do you are in for a ride—a two hour one, to be exact. We’re talkin’ the longest surfable wave in North America, and right here in New Brunswick.

Don’t believe us? Check out this video below…

Everything You Need To Know To Go:

How to surf in NB

To even attempt to surf in New Brunswick, you’ll have to come prepared. Not only should you be an expert surfer and swimmer, as it is very dangerous, you also need a big longboard,  a wetsuit (4/3 in the summer should be fine) and Sea-Doo support. Note: You will need to bring all your own gear as there are no surf shops in New Brunswick.

North American record holders

California’s JJ Wessels and Colin Whitbread rode the wave from Belliveau Village to the causeway in Moncton, NB for a total surf of 29km. The entire ride took two hours and holds the record for the longest surfed wave in the North America. Read the CBC article about it here.

Where to stay

There are only two tidal bore waves a day. That means you should stay up to a week to give yourself room for weather and multiple tries. Our favourite places to stay in Moncton are Delta Beausejour HotelV Hotel and Suites and Residence Inn Moncton.

Where to eat

While you are in Moncton, NB why not try some of our favourite restaurants. Go to Tide and Boar Gastropub for the polenta fries and Catch 22 Lobster Bar for the Cajun coconut shrimp. You won’t be disappointed!

Herschel Supply: W5&H – Chris Burkard

Herschel Supply W5&H

Already a Senior Staff Photographer at twenty-six, Chris Burkard was quick to carve a name for himself in Action Sports photography. Read about Chris below…

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1. Who are you?

I am Chris Burkard.. central California native, and bodysurf enthusiast..and love of the outdoors..

2. What do you do?

I am a senior staff photographer for surfer magazine… I shoot a lot of outdoor lifestyle, adventure, and tomfoolery for outdoor brands.. but I’m most known for my editorial style and landscape perspective.

3. Where do you live?

The small beach town of Pismo Beach.. its’ more known for clam chowder and sand dunes than perfect waves.

4. When are you most productive?

In the cold climates of the North Atlantic.. I have never been content with sipping down pina coladas in the south pacific.. and in some way I get a sick sense of accomplishment freezing my but off chasing elusive waves in freezing and remote places.

5. Why photography?

For me, photography just became the most perfect medium for expression, it honestly made the most sense.. I did a lot of art through high school , drawing, clay, paint.. but I hated being tied to a classroom or stuck with and easel on a cliff.. I wanted to be apart of the action.. so photography made the most sense.. it was like a perfect extension of my body.. I could take it in the surf, the mountains, and pretty much anywhere in between.

6. How did you get your start?

My first passion was for shooting landscapes.. that was all I cared about.. so when I first started I went to the desert southwest and just explored.. I eventually combined my passion for being in the water and bought a waterhousings and started shooting friends surfing.. I was sending images to Transworld Surf, and I had a photo editor that gave me some great feedback.. Eventually I was offered an internship.. and the rest is history.. I learned a lot from that experience.. it really made me think hard about how to actually contribute to magazines.. so I started tailoring my work towards editorial..and it made me think in terms of telling the story.

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