The fact of the matter is that one just doesn't encounter very many surfers in Vancouver or Toronto - the waves tend not to be ideal when you're on a Great Lake or sheltered from the ocean by Vancouver Island. It's different further south, where the coast is it and there's nothing but the continental shelf to keep the waves from breaking. In San Francisco, I encountered honest to life surfers for the first time, getting pitted on waves just inside the Golden Gate.
This post's title comes from this video, in case you've never seen it.
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