Sooke Surfer rides Panama waves

In case you’re wondering, our own Leah Oke has temporarily taking up residence in Panama and has been there for the past six months.

In case you’re wondering, our own Leah Oke has temporarily taking up residence in Panama and has been there for the past six months. Surfing was not an option during the first three, as she was recovering from a broken wrist. For the following three months she’s been surfing her heart out.

From May 4 to May 12, Oke will be Canada’s sole representative competing in the ISA World Surfing Games in Santa Catalina.

“The 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games will gather 25 National Delegations from every corner of the world, who will gather to compete for their National Team in an Olympic-Style event. The surfers compete for medals and the honour of representing their respective countries,” writes Oke in correspondence.

She adds, “You can tune into www.ISAWSG.com to watch live”

Coined “Canada’s best female surfer” by New York’s Salted Magazine, Oke has some incredible accomplishments to her name.

Career highlights

  • First place Rip Curl Pro, Tofino BC May 2012
  • First place El Sitio sponsorship series, Playa Venao, Panama 2012
  • Second place Longboard, Queen Of the Peak 2012
  • Currant leader on the national Panamanian Surfing
  • Circuit (after winning the first of seven events)
  • First place Rip Curl Pro, Tofino BC June 2011
  • First place Clean Water Classic, Westport WA May 2011
  • First place Queen of the Peak, Tofino BC Oct. 2010
  • First place Sept Storm Session, Halifax NS Sept 2010
  • First place One Life Surf Safari, Halifax NS Sept 2010
  • First place Rip curl Stew, Tofino BC June 2010
  • First place RIp Curl Stew, Tofino BC June 2009

Oke has also been featured on the cover of SBC Surf (Canada’s surfing magazine) summer 2011, who at that time also described Oke as Canada’s top female surfer. “Not to make an excessive claim, but Leah Oke is probably the best female surfer in Canada,” the article in SBC declares. They back up their claim, “In the last few months alone, she’s cemented that role with back-to-back wins at the Clean Water Classic in Westport and the Rip Curl Stew in Tofino.”

Once Oke has competed in the ISA World Surfing Games, she’ll be coming home to Port Renfrew. “I plan on sticking around Port Renfrew for the summer and working in order to surf and travel.”