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Long Beach Lodge offers surfing summer getaway fit for Bettys


July 25, 2012, Tofino, BC – This summer, with the opening of its new Surf Club Centre, Long Beach Lodge Resort is inviting all Bettys (surfer slang for female surfers) to grab the girls, pile into the car, and break out the road trip playlist for a bonding getaway to Tofino, BC which can include surfing, great food, yoga, spa treatments, and a little shopping.

The girls can vote on a beachfront lodge room, the majority of which feature ocean views and fireplaces, starting at $319 Cdn based on double occupancy; or a rainforest cottage featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living area with gas fireplace, and a hot tub, starting at $629 Cdn based on quad occupancy. Long Beach Lodge Resort is an ocean retreat, located 7 Km south of Tofino on Vancouver Island, known for its outstanding surf. Designed and built by owner Tim Hackett to resemble a grand, West Coast-style beach house, the lodge features 41 rooms as well as 20 cottages tucked away on eight acres of oceanfront property on Cox Bay.

And new this season, The Surf Club Centre at Long Beach Lodge Resort has been designed for customized lessons, so this is a great opportunity for women to introduce their gal pals to the sport, without feeling like they have to sacrifice their own wave action. An introductory lesson includes surfing technique, board positioning, surfing etiquette, how to catch a wave, and beach and ocean safety; advanced lessons include in-depth equipment information, understanding weather systems and wave quality, how to read and choose the best wave, and personal advice on the surfer’s technique. There is a maximum of five students per instructor; each lesson is $189 Cdn per instructor and $39 Cdn for equipment rental per person, per day. Equipment rental includes board, wetsuit and booties. For experienced surfers, Long Beach Lodge provides private lockers for safekeeping personal boards and equipment. 

Originally Hackett was going to invest in resort spa, but realized if he created a spa-like surf centre instead, it would attract more women, families, couples and groups who are drawn to surfing but wanted to be pampered as well. 

“My vision was to design a centre that if you didn’t see the sign on the door that says ‘Surf Club’, you would think you were in a spa,” says Hackett. “From our warmly appointed  change rooms to the in-ground hot tub, sauna, coffee shop with fireplace , lounge area, and retail shop, the design reflects the same craftsmanship and attention to detail we have in our lodge. The surrounding landscaping also ensures privacy and a sense of tranquility.”

Each morning, gals can ensure they are energized for a day of activity with the complimentary Continental Breakfast Buffet served in the Great Room from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before having a girlfriends’ group surf lesson through Long Beach Resort’s Surf Club Centre. All surf instruction is provided in private, customized, 2.5-hour lessons taught by local instructors, certified by the Lifesaving Society of Canada.  

“We offer some of the best surfing in North America, but it can be a bit intimidating if you have never surfed or it has been awhile,” says General Manager Perry Schmunk. “Our goal is to introduce more of our guests to the joys of surfing in a way that keeps them coming back for more.”

Yoga instruction can also be arranged to assist with flexibility prior to getting on the board or immediately following, to wind down and stretch after the adrenaline rush! As well, the Lodge can book in-room spa treatments or arrange a group trip to a nearby spa. Tofino also offers an eclectic mix of small shops, art galleries and restaurants and in the Summer, the Saturday Market in the Village Green is open from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. and features local vendors, all of whom, “make it, bake it, or grow it.”

And throughout the getaway, the gals can enjoy the après surf -inspired food and drink menus in the resort’s famous Great Room. Additional dining  includes sushi,  braised short rib poutine, cod tacos, halibut and chips, or Maple Hill Farms chicken wings served up alongside a Cox Bay Breeze – white rum, amaretto, cranberry and pineapple – or West Coast Sour – bourbon, lemon, sugar, egg white and Madeira float. Menu items range from $15 - $28 Cdn, and cocktails are $9 Cdn. 

Long Beach Lodge Resort is approximately 4.5 hours from Victoria and 3 hours from Nanaimo by car, and can also be reached by plane from Vancouver International Airport’s (YVR) south terminal via Orca Airways or Canadian Air Charters, or by float plane via Tofino Air (near YVR’s south terminal).For more information on how to book a girlfriend’s surfing getaway, people may call 1-877-844-7873, or visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.
 

About Long Beach Lodge Resort

Famous for its iconic Great Room, where guests are welcome to relax and enjoy the incredible views, Long Beach Lodge Resort is set on one of the best surfing beaches in the area. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, Long Beach Lodge Resort is on Cox Bay, Tofino and provides beautifully appointed accommodations in a private, wild Pacific West Coast setting. Owned by local developer Tim Hackett, the resort was designed to resemble a grand, West Coast-style beach house  and offers 41 lodge rooms, 20 two-bedroom cottages and a full service dining room, as well as meeting space and instant beach access,  with a brand new Surf Club and customized surfing instruction. For more information, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.

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Media Contacts:
Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or deirdre@tartangroup.ca
Kate Rogers, Tartan Group: 604-682-8811, 604-880-1494 (cell) or brian@tartangroup.ca
 



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