North Beach Surf Shop is owned and operated by Michael McQuade. Michael is a Physical Education Graduate from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, and has been a surf lifeguard since 1989 and surfed all over the world from Haida Gwaii to Hawaii, Mexico, and many tropical locations and numerous locations on both coasts of North America. A nationally ranked competitive swimmer and lifeguard, Michael has received awards as well for his coaching.
Michael has been surfing on Haida Gwaii since 2003 and continues to surf, SUP, and Kitesurf. He holds certifications as a lifeguard and SUP instructor as well as Wilderness First Aid. An experienced waterman and woodsman, Michael has been in the water his entire life, and in the woods when he’s not in the water. An experienced hunter/gatherer, and naturalist, he is very familiar with the flora and fauna of Haida Gwaii and subscribes to the Haida Culture and beliefs that govern this land.
Ravi Camire was born on Haida Gwaii and remembers surfing on North Beach from a young age. He has knowledge of the waters that surround the island gained through a childhood of kayaking, fishing, and surfing. His surfing has developed through time spent in Tofino and Panama. Now entering his senior year of high school, Ravi has received his bronze medallion to work as a surf instructor and helps operate the North Beach Surf Shop.
Taylor Lantin has lived on Haida Gwaii for 10 years and has been a frequent surfer on island for 6 years. She’s improved on her surfing skills with time spent in Hawaii and Santa Cruz. Although Taylor is only in her junior year of high school she is working towards pursuing a career in Marine Biology. Taylor has her Bronze Cross and assists as a surf and SUP instructor, and also helps run the North Beach Surf shop.
Marcus is originally from Ontario and did not discover surfing until he moved to Halifax as a teenager. He has now been surfing on the coasts of Canada for 7 years and enjoys all of the ocean activities that a coastal lifestyle offers. He especially enjoys surfing in Haida Gwaii and has lived on the north shore of Graham Island for 4 years. Since moving to Haida Gwaii he has been dedicated to learning more and more about the amazing waters, wilderness and culture that define the archipelago. Marcus helps operate the North Beach Surf Shop.