MEDIA

Mission Statement:

Tofino Paddle Surf offers you a team of passionate, knowledgeable, caring and certified surfers and paddlers. Our local Tofino guides have over 40 years combined experience in ocean sports, teaching and guiding. Motivated by our love for the ocean, beaches, the fresh air and the wilderness of our home, we inspire others to foster a deep appreciation and responsibly for ourselves and our planet by having fun and enjoying the ocean.

Contact Information:

Catherine Bruhwiler | cath@tofinopaddlesurf.com | 250 266 1997

Bio

Catherine is a lifelong local Tofino surfer who loves to spend most of her time in the ocean. A talented surfer with a beautiful style, Catherine is an incredible ambassador for her hometown of Tofino, B.C as a first generation surfer in Canada. Now a surf coach and surf Mom of Canada’s first Surfing Olympic Hopeful. Catherine has 2 children and lots of nieces and nephews she loves to surf with.

Catherine grew up surfing the cold waters of the Northwest Pacific coast, on northern Vancouver island, with her 3 brothers, at a time when there were no other females in the water. Growing up on the rugged beaches, they would explore and hike through dense forests, remote beaches, often in massive rain storms, looking for remote beaches to surf. They would camp out in remote areas for days at a time on their surf trips, fishing snd foraging for their meals. She and her brothers were young pirates, exploring the coast of Vancouver island and often other countries, on their quest for their golden treasure; the perfect wave.

Catherine is an inspiration and ambassador for young girls, as she has won the Woman’s National Canadian Surf title many times, has won multiple paddleboard races and SUP Surf National competitions. She currently competes with Team Canada in international events, both as a stand up paddler, surfer and assistant coach. Catherine often travels with the Junior Canadian Surf Team as a coach. She also sits on the Olympic committee with the Canadian Surfing Association.

As a Paddle Canada and ISA SUP Instructor and Instructor Trainer for Flatwater SUP, SUP surfing, surfing and SUP touring, she coaches surfing and paddle boarding full time. She loves coaching the local kids surfing and SUP and is very committed to inspiring and motivating the younger surfers to keep their aspirations and passions alive. Catherine helps run the local Boardriders Surf Club on Canada’s west coast and runs the annual free and very well attended kid’s surf contest, the Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic with her family. Catherine is an active volunteer and ambassador for a few environmental organizations including Surfrider Pacific Rim. She believes that in sharing her love of nature with others and helping them fully enjoy it she can help foster inspiration in others to care and protect the ocean. When she is not teaching & coaching surfing with her brothers Sepp and Raph or out on the water paddle boarding, she will be found traveling, camping and surfing the remote coastal surf breaks with her family and friends.

With her vast experience growing up on the ocean and surfing, Catherine brings a wealth of local knowledge to all her endeavours. Motivated by her love for the ocean and beaches, the fresh air and the rainforest, Catherine loves to share her stoke and appreciation for the planet and the ocean.

Catherine and her team at Tofino Paddle Surf offer a team of passionate, knowledgeable, certified and caring surfers and paddlers. Herself and her guides have over 40 years combined experience in ocean sports, teaching and guiding. Motivated by their love for the ocean, beaches, the fresh air and the wilderness of our home, they inspire others to foster a deep appreciation and responsibly themselves ourselves and the planet by having fun and enjoying the ocean.

Follow Catherine’s adventures on her Facebook blog and Instagram.

Areas of Expertise:

Paddleboarding (Flatwater technique, SUP Surfing, Racing, Touring and Navigation, Teacher Training)
Surfing (Instruction, Coaching, Competition, History, Media, Career, Events)
Local Knowledge (Our team are long time Tofino locals who paddle, surf, and explore the wild coast)
Fitness
Equipment