Young man being towed in sea by young woman on surfboard, smiling
By Amy Kenny

Back in 1962, the surf-loving Beach Boys sang that everybody was learnin’ how. Fifty years later, riding the waves is as popular as ever, even north of California’s sun-kissed shores. Beaches from Nova Scotia to British Columbia are busy year-round, but the serious action picks up when the surf does—which in most of Canada means the fall. Of course, that also means colder weather and colder water, so surfing at this time of year is not for the faint of heart. But wherever it’s going off in Canada, you’ll find people braving the elements in search of the perfect wave.