I was sitting on my sister’s couch in Sudbury, browsing the shoreline of Lake Superior on Google Map. I had heard rumours of great surf on the North shore, but a Google search of where to go didn’t provide much beta. As I scrolled along the virtual shore of aerial images I came to an immediate stop in Terrace Bay. The area looked promising with a few beaches that would provide surf with various winds.


Next I checked the wind forecast. It was predicting 2 days of 20 to 30 knot winds coming from the South coming in 2 days. It was coming together to be a pretty ideal situation, with Terrace Bay being a 2 day drive from Sudbury.


We loaded up the van, said our goodbyes to Sudbury and started heading West. Only a couple hours out of Sudbury, the front end of the van went wonky. We pulled over to find the nut on the upper control arm axle had backed out and the front end was about to fall off! Not good.

We limped into Bruce Mines where we somehow found a mechanic that was open on the Saturday of a long weekend. The threads on the axle had been stripped so we would need to have it rethreaded. We also had lost part of the bushing, but being in a small town, parts would be impossible to get. We worked together to come up with a quick fix that would limp us into Thunder Bay where GoWesty could send us the parts we needed for a full repair.


Back on the road, with a Terrace Bay or bust attitude, we made it into town just as the winds started.

The first day didn’t provide us with big surf, but it was pretty consistant. We decided to give our Surftech Touring boards a go in the water.

Long boards provided an interesting challenge, but were a blast. We caught waves well outside the lineup and surfed them all the way to Pumphouse Beach. If you ever get a chance to surf a wave on a big touring board, do it! Epic times ahead!

Day 2 lived up to the expectations. The wind direction changed slightly, and a little local knowledge led us to a secret beach that provided some sweet hip high surf that was just steep enough to bust out the Surftech ThumbDrive 6.0!

Every time I ride that board, I am blown away. It catches waves like a dream, and has the speed to blast through sections. I don’t think you could have a better short board for surfing on the Great Lakes.


All that being said, Terrace Bay Ontario delivered! Surfing on the Great Lakes is amazing. Have you ever done it?

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  1. Gordon Reply October 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I am glad that you enjoyed the surf in Terrace Bay. I am puzzled by some of the details in your blog.
    1) Why would you say that Terrace Bay is two days away from Sudbury? The distance is approximately 800 kms. I have personally driven that stretch of road many times and it consistently takes about 8 hours, not 48.
    2) If your destination was Terrace Bay, why drive two and a half hours past it to Thunder Bay, then 2.5 hours back?

    I have a colleague who serfs there regularly and he greatly enjoys it. I am very glad that you were able Anne to experience it.

    • John Reply October 26, 2016 at 8:20 pm


      Our Westfalia is slow. That’s why it took 2 days. We went to Thunder Bay after Terrace Bay, as you said.

    • Matt Reply October 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hi Gordon & John I’m heading to Terrace Bay this Christmas and looking for some local knowledge on surfing. I surf on the west coast & will be travelling with my wetsuit, gloves and booties. Can you connect me with names and contact info of Terrace Bay people who are passionate about surfing?

      • John Reply October 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

        Hey Matt. I didn’t really connect with anyone while there. Pump House Beach is the spot, and if there is surf, you will meet the locals there. Have fun!

  2. Matt Reply October 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Thanks ,John!

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