Catch win­ter waves off Nova Sco­tia

Surf school run­ning win­ter lessons from De­cem­ber through May in White Point

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA & WORLD - Aly Thom­son

EAST LAWRENCETOWN, N.S.— Cal­i­for­nian Daniel Fahie is go­ing surf­ing, but it’s not what you think.

Clad in snug win­ter wet­suits, Fahie and his 15-yearold daugh­ter, Mi­randa, carry two surf­boards un­der their arms to­wards Nova Sco­tia’s Lawrencetown Beach and plunge belly-first into the At­lantic Ocean.

It’s hov­er­ing around 1 C at the pic­turesque beach on the prov­ince’s Eastern Shore, renowned for its waves and year-round surf­ing.

“We woke up this morn­ing and saw snow and said, ‘Let’s go to the ocean!’ That’s what nor­mal peo­ple do, right?” said 53-year-old Fahie, a be­gin­ner surfer who is from the Hal­i­fax area but has lived in Cal­i­for­nia for two decades.

Many as­sume that surf­ing READ MORE AT THES­TAR.COM/CANADA Surf­ing is a year-round ac­tiv­ity in Nova Sco­tia with great con­di­tions and am­ple re­sources to ac­com­mo­date all skill lev­els.

is a sum­mer-only ac­tiv­ity, but Nova Sco­tia’s con­sis­tent off­shore weather in the win­ter makes for spec­tac­u­lar waves up to five days a week, surfer Pete Cove says.

“That’s what’s so ap­peal­ing as a surfer to want to get in the water when it’s -2 C in the water

and -20 C in the air,” said Cove, who works with the East Lawrencetown-based East Coast Surf School. “We have ab­so­lutely amaz­ing con­di­tions with a fairly small com­mu­nity of surfers.”

The school — founded by Nova Sco­tia pro­fes­sional surfer

Nico Manos — of­fers surf­ing lessons by ap­point­ment all year at Lawrencetown Beach Pro­vin­cial Park.

This year, the school is run­ning a se­ries of group lessons from De­cem­ber through May at White Point Beach Re­sort in White Point, N.S. Af­ter a two-year chase, a NASA space­craft has ar­rived at the an­cient as­teroid Bennu, its first vis­i­tor in bil­lions of years.

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