About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

Surf Trip Essentials: Ford F150 Limited

  When it comes to choosing a ride for a surf trip bigger is better. Surfboards and adventure gear require space and lots of it. Thick, cold-water wetsuits, booties and gear have to be stored somewhere. You’ll also need room in your ride for your surf crew buddies because the more the merrier when it comes to chasing waves. We fell in love with the souped-up 2016 Ford F 150 Limited. The insanely roomy passenger cab is so plush, spacious and comfy you won’t believe you are sitting in the back seat of a pick-up truck. Seats in the passenger cab flip up easily to reveal a full size storage compartment and that’s in addition to the flatbed. Both cabs easily accommodate the big guys so pack’em in boards and all. With a Twin Panel Moonroof it’s like driving the Pacific Rim forest in a fish bowl surrounded by ocean and giant Sitka spruce trees. Now crank up some surf stoke music on the F150 Limited’s sound system, a sure-fire way... ...

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Surf-In Surf-Out – A Swell Convenience

Whether you are a seasoned weekend wave-warrior or a newbie braving your bucket list, surfing is a sport that everyone must try at least once in a lifetime. The West Coast of Vancouver Island boasts some of the best beaches and surf breaks in the country. Tofino, BC is a famous cold water paradise and home to surf-in-surf-out Pacific Sands Beach Resort …the best in beach bliss. Since the 60’s, catching waves has been considered not just cool but a sub-culture. Secondly, it’s a rush. Surfing is much harder than it looks to master and thus, humbling. So, let go of the outcome and really enjoy the ride. If you are ever to succeed in catching your first wave you must be open, brave and willing to laugh at your own failures, which are a big part of learning to surf. The bails and wipeouts are all part of the fun. Plan a get-away this summer and indulge. Treat yourself and your soul to a seaside escape for some well deserved “Tofino... ...

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Leo Awards Gala and Red Carpet 2016

All photos courtesy Kenny Tai Photography Host: Stephanie Florian Host Hair and Makeup: Ruby from What’s Your Look Studio Host Designer Dress: Catherine Regehr And the winners are… Motion Picture Best Motion Picture The Devout Amanda Verhagen, Daniel Hogg, Connor Gaston – Producers Best Direction The BirdwatcherSiobhan Devine Best Screenwriting The Devout Connor Gaston Best Cinematography Charlotte’s Song Naim Sutherland Best Picture Editing The Devout Detritus Kozme Best Visual Effects Numb – Chris Van Dyck, Calvin Romeyn, Erik Jensen, Jodie Camilleri, Camil Adell Best Sound She Who Must Burn Matt Drake, Casey Labatt, Justin Aucoin, Jeff Zipp, Zach Cressman Best Production Design Charlotte’s Song Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Victoria Pearson Best Costume Design Charlotte’s Song Brandon Peterson, Ash Turner Best Make-Up Charlotte’s SongSarah Elizabeth, Audrey Himmer-Jude, Jeannie Satterthwaite, Brendan Mainusch, Amy Leigh Poitras Best Casting The Devout Judy Lee Best Supporting Performance by a Male No Men Beyond This PointCameron McDonald Best Supporting Performance by a Female The Devout Olivia Martin Best Lead Performance by a Male The Devout Charlie Carrick Best Lead Performance by a Female The Devout Ali Liebert Television Movie Best Television Movie On the... ...

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Whistler Apres: Cooling – off in the Bearfoot Bistro Ketel One Ice Room

  There is no better way to cool off in Whistler post outdoor adventure than bundling up in an iconic Canada Goose parka and stepping inside the Ketel One Ice Room. Located inside the Bearfoot Bistro, the Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada! Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and the experience itself is an intimate one. Ideally the experience is best done with a small a group of friends. We suggest a foursome, as body heat can be one’s only saving grace when sipping vodka in -32C temps while you are trying to handle the cold and make the experience last as long as humanly possible. Although the $48 price tag per person does include an informational on the specifics of distillation and filtration, you’ll want to cut straight to chase…4 vodka shots of your very own choosing and as many selfies as your phone will handle before shutting down from the cold. (It truly does happen, so be sure... ...

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May 28 is Community Day at Playland!

On Saturday, May 28th, $10 from every ticket sold for Playland at the PNE will be donated to the Hastings Community Little League on the fifth annual Community Day at Playland. Since 2010, the PNE has raised over $85,000 for the sports organization, which has helped the Little League upgrade their facilities. This year all proceeds will support the Hastings Little League in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament, taking place from August 4-13, 2016. “The PNE believes in getting youth outdoors and active. We are proud to continue our support of the Hastings Community Little League,” said PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel. “We are thrilled to have Hastings Little League bring the National Tournament to Vancouver this summer and can’t wait to see the kids out on the field!” The past four Community Days were extremely successful, and this year, Playland is looking to hit over $100,000 raised for this worthy non-profit sports organization. Proceeds from the 2010 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament were also donated to the Little League.... ...

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Looking for some adventure in your life?

On May 14th, the crew from Chasing Sunrise – who you might have heard of from their Canada Day sunrise up Mount Seymour with 400 people – is now taking 50 of you and sending you into the unknown for an all expenses paid weekend of adventure, outdoors, and all things Chasing Sunrise. The plan? They are not saying. They’ll be giving you nothing more than a small packing list and a time and place to show up. The rest, you’re just going to have to trust them. But hey, they have a pretty good track record and we all know the best things in life go to those willing to step out of their comfort zones. Want in? Applications are open until May 4th and they will be announcing the winners on May 7th. Chasing Sunrise – Into The Unknown http://chasingsunri.se/the-unknown-is-calling ...

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Finding stillness glamping at Wya Point Resort

Life can feel like a treadmill. The daily grind of everyday living in the big city can take a toll on our spirits, especially near the tail end of winter. Take the time to check out of the work-life hustle and to check inward. Make a date with yourself to leap off the treadmill, to regroup and recharge. Camping is the ideal way to push the reset button, although the unpredictable west coast weather is not for everyone, not even the most adventuresome. Eco resorts like Wya Point in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island offer a dazzling alternative. It’s called glamping, AKA glamorous camping. A soul-filled getaway to Wya Point Resort on the edge of the Pacific Rim is both character building and raw. We made the trip in a new 2016 Platinum Ford Explorer, the ultimate storm trooper and perfect west coast road companion. Storm watching on the west coast of Vancouver Island and glamping in a yurt requires a fair amount of gear and the Explorer is roomy enough... ...

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