Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Tofino on Chesterman Beach and grew up surfing there. I started at eight years old. My dad came over from Switzerland at a young age and married my mom, who is a First Nation Algonquin from Quebec. I’ve lived here in Tofino my whole life. Our house was a few steps from the beach. My siblings and I had nothing else to do, so we surfed.
Tell us about your job in the Coast Guard. What does a typical day look like for you?
Same as a fireman but on water. We have a station and boats to keep maintained; we go out on patrols on some days and get called out on all ocean- related emergencies.
You must have a lot of crazy stories. What was one of the scariest incidents you were involved with on the job?
Too many. A lot I try to forget about, but they are al- ways there. We go out on calls in gnarly conditions and there is no one coming out to get us if something goes wrong. We have a really good trained crew right now in Tofino, so it’s great.