Surfing has always been more than a sport. It's a lifestyle, complete with its own fashion, slang, and easily referenced images — crazy wipeouts, break-of-dawn epiphanies, beautiful people having bonfires on the beach. (Hey, we've seen Blue Crush
But, for the growing number of girls who are taking to the waves, surfing is less about what happens on the sand, and more about what happens in the water. It's a passion, a way of life, an ever-changing thrill. Surfers speak of it with the fervour of true believers.
In that spirit, Hardly
asked Vancouver-based photographer Johann Wall
to take the ferry to Vancouver Island and check out Tofino, home of Canada's most vibrant surf scene. Johann hung out with a group of young female surfers, almost all of whom started surfing when they were teens. They shared both their fish tacos and their how-I-fell-in-love-with-surfing stories with Johann. He had the best time ever.