Video | Luke Hopkins | Surfing Perfect Skookumchuck
Skookumchuck. To the unacquainted, the name probably compels visions of a Dr. Seuss character or something. But for those privy to the phenomenon these three funky syllables represents—the narrows at the mouth of the Sechelt Inlet on the remote Sunshine Coast of British Columbia—their utterance compels visions of a legendary paddler's wonderland. With the turn of every tide, water rushes through the Skookumchuck narrows to create a standing wave feature unlike any other wave, rapid or bore in the world. That feature is the gold at the end of the rainbow, the final destination of a paddler's dream pilgrimage.
Recently, river SUP hellman Luke Hopkins ventured the long and windy pilgrimage to Skook hoping to meet a massive tide swing at the narrows. And boy, oh boy, did he score. The above footage features clips from a single ride that lasted more than 15-minutes amid some of the best conditions Skookumchuck has to offer.
Ready to make the trek to Skook? Better study up on how to surf tidal rapids.