Surf into World Oceans Day at White Point: June 8th!
June 2, 2017 – White Point, Nova Scotia –
Surrounded by 7400 kms of coastline teeming with beaches, there are endless opportunities to enjoy the ocean year-round in Nova Scotia. Surfers have long known and appreciated the value of the ocean and have claimed it as their playground. On Thursday June 8th, World Oceans Day, White Point invites locals and guests of all ages to join them at the Resort to meet surfers, and give it a try as part of their World Oceans Week schedule of events.
For more than 90 years, neighbours and guests from around the world have come to White Point Beach Resort to savour and soak in the beauty and bounty of the Atlantic Ocean, and surf it. Teaming up with the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, from 3 – 5pm, guests are invited to suit up and get into the ocean to try surfing, boarding or just being in a wetsuit in the ocean to see how it feels. This session will be especially exciting as guests will be joined by professional surfer and Team Canada member, Logan Landry, a Nova Scotian who just returned from competitions in France. Kitesurfer Andrew Hatfield of Souwest Surf will be demonstrating his sport and offering an up-close look at the equipment he uses as well.
White Point’s Recreation Director Darlene Norman says they are thrilled to be hosting events on World Oceans Day in partnership with so many enthusiastic groups and individuals. “We really are fortunate to have this incredible natural resource all around us, not only here at White Point but everywhere in Nova Scotia. We really do hope locals and guests alike of all ages, especially kids, will come try surfing or just play in the ocean.”
Appreciating that plunging into the ocean on World Oceans Day may not be for everyone, the evening welcomes a series of presentations from passionate ocean enthusiasts who’ll share their unique insight and appreciation for the ocean from 7 – 8:30pm.
Known for his spectacular photos, local surfing and nature photographer Colin Machaffie will host ‘Sea through my Lens’, a collection of his favourite photos surrounded by a spectacular body of work by local artist Andrew Burgess including his custom painted surfboards. Rounding out the evening will be presentations from the Surfing Association of Nova Scotia, Andrew Hatfield and Logan Landry who’ll take guests on a virtual surfing journey from here to around the world. He’ll also spend some time offering tips for dryland training he’s put into practice, enhancing his competitive edge.
Norman says while everyone looks forward to hosting this great day, she thinks Logan is likely the most excited. “He’s so passionate about the sport. He’s traveled the world and loves coming home. He’s hoping many kids will come out and give surfing a try, he can’t wait to share his love of the ocean.”
In addition to the surfing related events, White Point’s Piping Plover Guardian, Wendy Coolen will also be hosting a guided walk at 2:30pm to check in on the nesting pair and their soon to be hatched eggs.
White Point’s ‘Surf-abration’ events on World Oceans Day are all open to overnight guests and the general public and are free of charge, including the surfing equipment which has been sponsored by Rossignol Surf Shop.
For the full schedule of events, including ‘Rock’ Fest and the rest of the World Oceans Week activities, visit whitepoint.com .
So what’s it like to surf White Point? Check out the new video: Surf White Point Beach