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Wicked waves and howling wind make for picture-perfect storm watching and surfing adventures at Long Beach Lodge Resort

Nov. 19, 2012, Tofino, BC — With the new Surf Club Centre joining the iconic Great Room at Long Beach Lodge Resort, any day is a great day for surfing, storm watching, or both throughout the winter season.

“From November through March, a string of storms roll in from the Pacific Ocean,” says Tim Hackett, owner of Long Beach Lodge Resort. “The waves and wind thrash the west coast of Vancouver Island creating exciting surfing conditions and making the resort an ideal location from which to watch nature’s spectacular show on the stormy days.”

Tofino is known for its world-class winter surfing, and Long Beach Lodge Resort is situated on one of the top stretches of sand – Cox Bay Beach – for big winter swells; surfers can don a wetsuit, hood and booties before tackling the big waves and cool water (about 8 degrees Celsius) right in front of the lodge.

Surfers of any ability can take advantage of Long Beach Lodge Resort’s new Surf Club Centre, the first of its kind on the West Coast – a fully equipped centre with warmly appointed change rooms; sauna and outdoor hot tub; coffee shop with fireplace; lounge area; and retail shop. The Surf Club Centre also has private lockers for safekeeping personal belongings.

For guests looking to take advantage of the excellent cold weather surfing, Long Beach Lodge Resort has put together an Epic Surf Pac that includes one night’s accommodation; a surf lesson and equipment rental at the Surf Club Centre; a $50 Cdn food and beverage credit; and a home-baked, continental buffet breakfast served in the Great Room. Rates start at $133 Cdn per person based on quad occupancy in a Rainforest Cottage – featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a living area with gas fireplace, and a hot tub. For a Lodge room, rates start at $183 Cdn per person based on double occupancy – the beachfront lodge has 41 luxurious rooms, the majority of which have ocean views and fireplaces.

For those that prefer to remain warm and dry, or perhaps take a break from surfing for a day, Long Beach Lodge Resort is also well-situated for storm watching from the cozy, comfort of an ocean view room or the iconic Great Room. With its massive granite fireplace, Douglas fir post and beam construction and floor-to-ceiling windows, the Great Room was designed as an extension of the guest rooms. This is an ideal place for guests to curl up in front of the massive fireplace with a book or sit by the window to watch a storm roll in across the open Pacific Ocean. Guests can also experience the drama of storm watching from a safe, outdoor viewpoint.

For more information on Long Beach Lodge Resort, storm watching and surfing, 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 home to one of the best surfing beaches in the area. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2012, Long Beach Lodge Resort is set right on the ocean in Cox Bay, Tofino and provides beautifully appointed accommodations in a private, wild Pacific West Coast setting. The resort offers 41 lodge rooms, 20 two-bedroom cottages and a full service dining room, as well as meeting space and instant beach access. For more information, visit www.longbeachlodgeresort.com.

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Media Contacts:
Kate Rogers, Tartan Group: 604-682-8811, 604-880-1494 (cell) or kate@tartangroup.ca
Brian Cant, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838 or brian@tartangroup.ca



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