Expression Session Surf Festival

The 11th anual Expression Sessions are slated for October 25-26. Stay tuned!

The 10th anual Expression Sessions Surf Festival turned into a glorious day at the beach. The Haida Gwaii surf community was out in full force with surfers of all ages taking to the wonderful waves. Here is a link to some drone footage that captured some surfers enjoying the last moments of the Expression Sessions 2018.




10th Annual Expression Sessions will be this Saturday November 10th, 10:00 am at Hl’yaalan_llngee. NBSS will have free wetsuit and surfboard rentals on a first come first serve basis to ‘Adopt a Grom’ or to perhaps ‘Adopt a Mom’ and take her out and share the stoke. Mount Moresby Adventure Camp will be there for the Expression Session Concession with warm food for sale. This is a family fun event. Please come celebrate with us. NBSS will be closed on November 10th for the espression sessions. For more information give us a call (250) 626 SURF or email

2017 Haida Gwaii Expression  Sessions


9th anual expression sessions is just around the corner. For more information give us a call (250) 626 SURF or email

2016 Haida Gwaii Expression Sessions



2016 Expression Sessions are tentatively set for November 11/12/13.  Stay tuned for more information.


And the Winner Is…


Winning Shot by Jeff Kyba

Winning Shot by Jeff Kyba

2015 banner

The 2015 Expression Session




Here are the winners for the draw prizes from the 6th Annual Expression Sessions. All winners can pick up their prizes at North Beach Surf Shop. Big thanks to Sitka, HTO Surf, Northern Board Distribution, North Beach Surf Shop and True North Screen Printing for their prize contributions to a fantastic event.


Darryl Lindsay – Sitka Triple Threat Pullover

Kasia Kistowska – Sitka Denim Tote

Calvin Westbrook – Sticker Set

Matt Menard – Xcel Hooded Rashie

George Majoros – Mr. Zoggs Fitted Ballcap

Erich Schmitt – Ripcurl Aluminum Water Bottle

Luke Borserio – Xcel UPF Rashie

Leah Croft – Woments Single Print Logo T

Edda Koenig – Xcel Hoodie

Nanamma Maughn – Xcel HEM Rashie

Winona Olson – Sitka Hardcover Notebook

Guy Kimola – Men’s Single Print Logo T

Heather Brule – Sitka Women’s Barley Blanket Coat

Sam McRae – Sitka Shwarma Crown Toque

Charlotte Houston – Sitka/Landyachtz Sticker Set

Maryanne Wettlaufer – Sitka Hardcover Notebook

Jeff Kyba – Xcel Hooded Rashie

Sam Ismay – Xcel UPF 30+ Aqua Rashie

Ashley Jacobson – Xcel UPF 30+ Aqua Rashie

Laura Bishop – Sitka Women’s Triple Threat T

Xiila Guujaaw – Women’s Single Print Logo T

Meghan Ives – Xcel Hoodie

James Hiebert – Sitka Outdoorsmen T

Elim Sly-Hooton – Ripcurl Fjord Beanie



Registration will be available starting at 10am Monday October 20th and will be on a first come-first served basis at

2014 Expression Sessions Poster

The 2014 Expression Sessions is in the planning phase now and we’re looking for photographers this year to help us record the event and share previous years photos.  We are asking for submissions of waves on Haida Gwaii (with surfers, or without) to be showcased in a slide show presentation.  We ask that you submit your photos watermarked with your name or business or even better in a printed format.  Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event.  Submissions can be emailed to

Photography Seminar – WANTED – Facilitator(s)

We are looking for people interested in volunteering to facilitate a photography seminar on the ways to capture surfers and waves for Saturday and Sunday.  Prizes will be awarded for the best waves for the surfer and photographer.  If you are interested please contact us at

Tentative Schedule

Friday November 7

6PM – Slide Show Presentation and Free Movie Night

Slide Show Presentation and Photo Contest

We will be featuring local and off-island photography of waves and surfing.  Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

Movie “Bigfoot Country – The Adventures of Woody and the Blue Ox”  A short film in 2 parts of California Surfer with footage from Haida Gwaii

Movie “The Fortune Wild” It was played last year and loved so much we’re playing it again.  Join Tofino pros Peter Devries, Noah Cohen, and Reid and Aaron Jackson in this humorous and well filmed story of their trip to Haida Gwaii.

Saturday November 8 – Adopt a Grom

10AM Hiellen River

The first 24 registrants ages 6-16 will get an hour of one-on-one instruction with one of our local surfers.  Wetsuit and Surfboard are provided.

12-4 Expression Session/photography session

With a very high tide at 2pm it’s expected to produce some great wave action and people are invited to come out for a good day on the waves and to take some photos to share in the action.  We will have prizes for the best waves for the surfer and photographer.



2013 Expression Sessions

XS poster

Movie night November 1st

Just added!



It’s coming!  The 5th Annual Haida Gwaii Surfing Expression Sessions are slated for November 1-3, 2014 in Masset BC.  Tentative Schedule is as Follows:
Friday 6:00PM FREE Movie – STAND with  The Fortune Wild

Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 Adopt-a-Grom Free Surf Lessons for the first 16 registered surfers ages 10-16

Sunday 12:00 – Men’s Day – Free Lessons for the first 8 Registered Men 18+


2012 Expression Sessions


Surf season is here.  To mark it’s official beginning it’s time for the 4th Annual Haida Gwaii Expression Session.  Much like previous years this is a non-competitive celebration of surfing on Haida Gwaii.  To Register go to and click on the ‘Registered Programs’ Link.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday November 1st – Free Surf

Friday November 2nd – Free Movie 6:00 PM.  The animated classic ‘Surf’s Up’ at the Haida Gwaii Recreation Building directly in front of George M. Dawson High School.  This will also be featuring the artwork of Rika and his surfscapes.

Saturday November 2nd – ‘Adopt a Grom’ 10 – 2 at Hiellen River/North Beach.  First 16 registrants under 18 can get an hour with an exprienced surfer with all equipment provided.

Saturday November 2nd – 2pm – Expression Session – Hiellen River.  The tide will be up by now and if the waves provide, good conditions for surfers and observers to see why we live here.  Experienced surfers only please.  Beginners, please stick to the right of the break.  For info on ettiquette and safety, please follow these rules.

  Sunday November 4th – Women’s Wave – Agate Beach 10AM.  This will be a 2 hour introduction to surfing and wave safety for women 18+.  Equipment is provided for first 8 registered participants.

Any questions, give us a call at 250-626-SURF (7873) or email at or like us on facebook at northbeachsurfshop