Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” When traveling, this could not be better stated. Anytime you are going to hit the road in search of surf you certainly need to be well prepared. Thanks to preparing on a number of fronts, my trip back to Nova Scotia was indeed a huge success!
Traveling to Nova Scotia can be a huge gamble this time of year in the spring. Very cold ocean water temps still in the 40s and warming air temperatures coupled with plentiful rain invite fog almost daily. Timing our trip around the weather was only one part of the equation. Tides also play a major role in much of the eastern Canadian seaboards demographic. The Bay of Fundy sees the highest tides in the world topping out around 50 feet! They are semi-diurnal, meaning this occurs twice every single day. Nova Scotia’s east coast tides are quite a bit less, however still significant enough to affect the surf on any given day.
We drove up through the province of New Brunswick from New England towards Halifax the capital. We had planned on tent camping near some decent surf breaks for 4-5 days. Thankfully, having been to Nova Scotia before, we knew what we had in store for us. Typically very wet and cold nights, low 40s with rain. It was essential to have the proper gear while camping and planning to surf especially in colder climates. The importance of dry wood, a good stove top, warm layers and a good tent are just the start. I always bring a few wetsuits with me never quite knowing how cold the water will be. I also brought a couple of extra booties and gloves and usually 2-3 boards for the ever changing conditions. In 5 dayswe spent more than 24 hours on the road and logged close to 1,500 miles.
It was by far the best trip of my life. The surf was good but I was fortunate enough to get engaged to the love of my life AND my personal surf photographer Melanie Spearman! I had planned, in detail, a surprise photo shoot for the engagement so all the photos below are not staged. Nova Scotia will always hold a special place in my heart. It is remote yet not far removed. The potential for surf in Nova Scotia could be paralleled to the future lives of two newly engaged people. If you are going to go through with things you need to have a plan and you need to commit. Things won’t always be easy but it will always be worth it. And lastly, there will probably be good times and bad, but if you are prepared you already hold the keys to success. Cheers to my future life with Melanie and many, many more adventures!