Catch winter waves off Nova Scotia
Surf school running winter lessons from December through May in White Point
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.