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Spring is here and summer is coming to Greater Vancouver, and that means water sport enthusiasts are about to hit the road. Surfers in particular are coming out of the woodwork more than ever before, in search of local waves after news dropped that the sport has been added to the 2020 Summer Olympics. You're going to see a lot more BC'ers (and Canadians) with boards racked to their roof in the seasons to come.
But as you may know, surfing is so much more than a sport, it's a lifestyle, which is why both novice and advanced surfers alike put a lot of thought into the vehicle they choose. In an ideal world, you'd be cruising around in a vintage woody wagon en route to your local break but that's not too practical for your day to day. Instead, you need a truck or SUV that can accommodate your wants and needs as a member of the growing tribe of wave riders, and Toyota, has what you're looking for.
Surfing legend and big wave rider Shane Dorian depends upon a Tundra for his Big Island missions
The Tundra one of the most popular vehicles used by lifeguards in coastal North America, so it makes sense that it's a top pick for this list too.
Equipped with two powerful i-FORCE engines (5.7L V8 or the 4.6L V8), this truck can take on any terrain that attempts to keep you from your secret surf spot. Whether you opt for the CrewMax or Double Cab, the easy lower and lift tailgate along with an available deck rail system that incorporates four adjustable tie-down cleats will let you slide your quiver in with ease, and without a ding. Those riding longer boards will dig the up to 8.1-foot bed length available on the Double Cab.
The TRD Sport Package makes the most sense for the more adventurous surfer, with available features such as LED fog lights to help you navigate through the thickest dawn patrol marine layer. Those consistently driving off-the-beaten path along coastal BC or Washington state may consider the Tundra TRD Off-Road Package which offers additional available features, including Bilstein shocks.
Toyota also knows that interior comfort is important after long saltwater sessions in the Pacific Northwest, so you'll appreciate the available dual zone automatic climate control and more usable cabin space with rear seats that fold up (instead of flat) to create more room for your bagged up wetsuits and gear.
There is no better truck on the market for surfers, but don't just take our word for it. Pro surfing legend and all around waterman Shane Dorian uses his Tundra to take him on all of his Big Island surfing adventures. View more on the 2018 Toyota Tundra.
The Tacoma, with available 3.5-liter V6 and Bilstein shocks, is also on the lifeguard pick list, and should be on yours for your coastal missions.
The easy lower tailgate opens with no effort and is easily removed to help you load and unload your gear by the beach or nearby site. Available features such as electronically locking rear differential, Crawl Control, and Multi-terrain Select will manage all of the bumps, potholes, and uneven terrain found along the way to your wave spot of choice.
While any Tacoma will do, the 2018 Tacoma TRD Pro is built for the really extreme surfer, and includes robust features like a TRD-tuned suspension with 2.5-inch FOX Internal Bypass shocks. It also delivers projector-beam headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and an intense set of fog lights for dawn and dusk patrol alike. The TRD Pro's unique skid plate is constructed from quarter-inch thick aluminum, which is essentially a shield of armor that will protect crucial mechanical components underneath the front end of the Tacoma. That means you can drive right on up through the sand to the tide line and paddle out from there!
One feature that's a big favorite with surfers, is the standard GoPro windshield mount, which encourages you to capture those candid moments on your weekend (or extended) surf/road trip. Other impressive options that come available on the Tacoma, include Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging, and a moonroof that lets you air dry your hair while on the road back from getting soaked. View more from our Toyota Tacoma inventory.
Surfing households and/or those of you who like to hit the coast with a big crew may prefer an SUV over a truck. However, there aren't many SUVs that can accommodate the unique needs of a surfer, which is why the only real option is the Toyota 4Runner. The 4Runner is different from every other SUV on the market. This seven passenger beast is built for your adventures. All you need to do it point it in the direction of your nearest point break and it will take care of the rest!
It all comes down to the combined suite of body-on-frame construction, a powerful V6 engine, and advanced terrain-conquering technologies that include Toyota's available Locking Rear Differential, Multi-Terrain Select, Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, and Crawl Control. Available features such Integrated Navigation will help you reach some obscure surf spots, while the Bluetooth connectivity, Satellite Radio, USB port and auxiliary audio jack complete with an available 15-speaker JBL system will help get you amped up for each and every session.
The 4Runner is severely roomy with 88 cubic feet of cargo. Not only can it accommodate up to 7 passengers, it boasts 40/20/40 split and fold-flat versatility made accessible via power rear glass and a sliding rear cargo deck. The latter is a perfect convenience for when you're getting in and out of your pesky wetsuits and need access to towels, bags, and so forth.
The 4Runner also offers unmatched peace of mind for those long excursions, thanks to Toyota's renowned and standard Star Safety System. View more on the 2018 4Runner.
Complete this form to request information about roof racks and other parts and accessories needed for your Toyota driven surf trip. To schedule a test drive at our Greater Vancouver dealership, contact us here so that we can set you on your path towards an endless summer.