WORDS BY: RICKY FISCHEL
IMAGES BY: DON LE
Every human possesses an innate desire for adventure. For outdoorsmen and women, this visceral craving can only be satisfied by exploring beyond our comfort zones and pushing boundaries that we may be wary of. It is simple to undertake a journey that we have previously done or explore nearby places without ever leaving our safe space, but this only allows us to experience so much. Every so often, we must challenge ourselves to be faced with adversity, stretch our limits, and chase this instinctive desire that exists subconsciously within all of us. Often, this vulnerability to the unknown leads us to the most serene moments – something that we experienced in our travels to explore the surfing and fishing opportunities in remote British Columbia. This is the story of our Escape North.
Raph Bruhwiler is a member of the Canadian Coast Guard, guide, and professional surfer. He is the owner of Ground Swell Adventures, which served as our basecamp for this off-the-grid adventure. A pioneer of Canadian surfing, Raph epitomizes the true outdoorsman. He hunts and fishes to put food on the table, and explores miles of remote coastline by boat in attempt to discover untouched surf breaks and novelty waves. There is no place in the world where Raph and his family feel more comfortable than where the mountains meet the sea in the British Columbia wilderness.
Armed with a passion for adventure and a couple of fishing rods and surfboards, this crew set out to explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Its breathtaking mountainous backdrops and abundant wildlife were awe inspiring. From grilling freshly caught salmon and lingcod on a campfire below a waterfall, to taking a plunge into the frigid waters of the North Pacific alongside orcas, we were able to seize each and every opportunity presented to us, ticking items off our bucket lists every single day.
Our time spent here cannot be expressed through words on a page. The sensation of immersing yourself in travel and breaking free from the worries and problems of the outside world is priceless. Escape North is far from just a fishing or surfing film. It is an amalgamation of experiences, emotions, and camaraderie; a true journey into the unknown.
Northwest Aluminum Craft 27.5 foot cabin with 2020 twin Mercury® 250hp SeaPro™ outboards and 2020 Mercury 15hp ProKicker™
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