Intro by Scotty Sherin.
With our debt stricken lives, everybody seems to be working for the “man”. How then do some people always seem to be “on it” when it comes to swells? It’s not everyone’s dream to be a pro surfer. Nor should it be. You often hear that business and pleasure rarely mix. Yet there are a select few in the line-up that seem to have cracked the code. These small numbers of individuals were born with the innate ability to operate outside the constraints of societal norms. Creativity can be a powerful tool. It allows a person to see beyond the cookie cutter options and choices presented to them in life. Surfing has a profound affect on some people. It can create an addiction that for better or for worse steers’ careers, relationships, and productivity. It’s easy to drown in this obsession, gear and travel aren’t cheap, but rice and beans are. For many, this minimalistic existence in the pursuit of waves is sufficient, and hey we’re not here to knock it. We are, however here to elaborate on the lives and decisions of those who have found another way, a happy medium. The fact remains that there are indeed a few occupations that can facilitate water time. We believe there are some important lessons to be learned from these unsung hero’s of the surf world. This is an owed to those individuals.
Introducing the Peladeau brothers, as part one of the “Employment Lineup” series from our latest issue. Kye and Janek are two of our favourite humans; they are as humble as they come and charge the coastal reefs and slabs harder than most. They don’t care about socail media followers or likes, although they both have Instagram we are lucky to see more than two posts a year. Kye or better known as Kye-Borg is the oldest of the two, residing in the heart of Tofino with is wife Rumor and two dogs on a property on which he grew up on. While Janek is over a year into fatherhood, living a short drive down the coast in Millstream with his partner Shay and daughter Indiana. One hunted tubes last weekend, and scored, while the other has been hunting deer for over a week and we are yet to hear from him. Whatever the two are up to, we are huge fans of them keeping the country country. Scroll down for a great read written by their longtime friend and neighbour Noah Cohen with images from some memorable days on Vancouver Island.
Words by Noah Cohen
Kye and Janek Peladeau make up two thirds of three brothers who were born, raised, and still reside in the Tofino area. The Peladeau boys enjoyed much more unique and exciting childhood than most, with adventurous and environmentally curious parents who shared their time residing between Tofino and a remote cabin on Flores Island, where they lived off the grid for three or four years, only reachable by boat.
These days, the beaches of Tofino are riddled with young rippers, toting sticker-clad boards and surfing at a level head and shoulders above that of their elders who share the lineup.
But a decade or two ago, however, this was far from the case. The Peladeau brothers (or “the Borgs” as they’ve affectionately become known) were mainstays in the one and only rat-pack of Tofino groms, riding their bikes to the beach everyday after school, surfboards underarm, ready to wreak havoc on unsuspecting surfers and ride every wave in sight.
Throughout their teenage years, both earned some recognition and sponsorship support (Kye with Quiksilver and Janek with Hurley) but once high school was in the rear-view and the need for supplemented and consistent income landed, they took to the trades and other forms manual labour. The all-day surf marathons and free wetsuits of yesteryear were replaced with paintbrushes and tool belts, and rather than spending every waking moment in the ocean, surfing became a far more selective pastime, with hopes of weekend swells that would allow for a quick boat trip to some of the lesser known gems nestled north of town.
Kye Borg, The elder and certainly more outgoing half of the duo, has bounced between a number various jobs in recent times. Whether its banging nails on a construction site, driving boats for one of the local whale-watching outfitters, or tree-planting tenures both on the Island and the interior of BC, the one constant he has managed is the ability to work only during the summer months, typically holding far less swell than those of the winter and thus, allowing him freedom and opportunity to chase the storm activity perpetuating the colder seasons in the Pacific Northwest.
Janek, though more bashful and unassuming than his big brother, appears to have no trouble stepping into the spotlight as soon as the swell turns on. He seems to have a penchant for being in the perfect spot in hollow surf, more often than not scooping the wave of the day underneath a number of both local and visiting pros at the barreling reef breaks near to Tofino.
With property prices at a fairly staggering mark these days in his native Tofino, Janek and his partner Shay recently relocated down the road to neighbouring Millstream, just outside of Ucluelet, where they run a vacation rental business, and also just celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter Indiana.
It has become a rarity (or more accurately, a non-existence) to see the Brothers Borg surfing at the local beach breaks with working obligations and family priorities gobbling up would-be surf time. That said, it is equally as rare to pull up at one of the firing secret spots and not to see their boats anchored empty in the channel, and Kye and Janek’s head’s bobbing in the lineup. They still firmly dedicate themselves to being on it up and down the coast, and when they do paddle out even after weeks without surfing, they somehow manage to never miss a beat, laying down hacks and threading tube sections as if they had spent hours in the water, just like the days of their grommethood.