About Chesterman Beach (North)

Often heralded as the favourite Tofino beach break by locals, North Chesterman (known simply as “North”) is generally the steepest and punchiest compared to its crumbly counterparts. It lays dormant through most of the summer months, allowing bars to build up and create steeper, wedgier waves breaking close to shore when the Autumn swells arrive. Multiple offshore reefs and islets break up swell lines, helping to create peaks, but also demanding more size to come alive.

Source: Chesterman Beach (North) Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

User friendly at a smaller size, but intermediate to advanced surfers only as it gets larger.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Can be competitive on standout days, but always friendly and easy going in temperament.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy on weekends with travellers and beginner surfers, softops and rental equipment. Thick local crowds on bigger, offshore days when the swell/wind options are limited and back-up venues are scarce.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Shorter (2-3 turn) waves, punchy, needs strong offshore wind to get rid of residual rip and bump to be at its very best.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Powerful and dumpy inside sections to push through on bigger days, especially early season. Relatively easy paddles on most days.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Very clean.

Additional Information


Strong rips on bigger swells, beginner surfers and errant boards, dog poop lined access trails.


Multiple parking lots and access trails along Lynn Road, parking on right side of road only.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard


Sand bottom, no rocks.

Best Season


Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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