The best spots for surfing in Japan

While the US and Australia claim sovereignty over most of the world’s top surfing destinations, Japan 1,864 miles (3,000 km) of coastline provides more than just a few great places to catch a wave.

With the swollen Pacific Ocean to the east and the tropical climate of the southern islands, good surf conditions are available year-round in Japan. Let’s see where and when to find the best waves that Japan has to offer.

Kanto

For surfers traveling in and around Tokyo, the best surfing can be found in Chiba (about 45 minutes outside Tokyo), and Shonan, a smaller, less crowded beach area in the south For what. Shonan’s ideal surfing trip begins at Enoshima beach and ends in the traditional city of Kamakura.

Just outside the Kanto area is Shizuoka City (about 2.5 hours by car), a great option for those who want to get out of Tokyo for a more rural coast. Alternatively, head south down the Izu Peninsula to Shirahama, a hugely popular beach spot – and often crowded – but gorgeous. The best time to surf these points is from August to October.

Shikoku

Considered by many to be the best surfing area in Japan, Shikoku Island in the southwest is known for its ideal beach conditions, easy access and surf community. The Kochi and Tokushima prefectures on the island’s southeastern coast boast the best blooms, with an average of 20 per season. For peak conditions, visit from June to November.

Okinawa and the islands

This tropical island chain in southern Japan boasts the best weather in the country. With subtropical climates and beautiful beaches, Okinawa can surf all year round – even in the dead winter. It is easiest to get started on Naha’s main island and then branch out there. A visit to Okinawa will require some plans such as sharp coral reefs and tropical storms that can make some areas dangerous for newbies.

Kansai

Travelers in and around Osaka should check out the beaches along the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, the most popular being Isonoura. About an hour’s drive from Osaka, Isonoura Beach attracts surfers from all over Kansai and can become crowded at times. For surfers with slightly more time (and a car), there are some smaller, less crowded spots along the Wakayama coast.

The 9 Best places on the Catalonian Coast for surfers (Part 3)

Masnou

Here, you will find the region’s longest waves just up north from Barcelona. The blowing wind provides left waves at Masnou, up to one and a half meters. But rumors tell us that it can grow to three meters when the Mediterranean becomes rough.

The waves here are at their best when winter comes and the winds begin to blow violently to the east and southeast. No matter which level you are surfing, Masnou has big waves for you to catch. It is a beloved beach vacation, so it can be quite busy here.

Sant Pere Pescador

Just an hour and a half drive north from Barcelona, ​​you’ll see Sant Pere Pescador, a town in Golf de Roses. The coastal area of ​​Sant Pere Pescador is a very relaxing place for a kite trip. The sea breeze at Golf de Roses is amazingly reliable and often blows with a constant power of 12 to 24 knots.

The wind is on the shore, from the right. That makes it a great lower intermediate point. Add beautiful beaches and a variety of fascinating Catalonia dishes and this is the perfect place to fly a kite without stress. You will find many on-site schools that offer lessons and rental materials.

Castelldefels

Does the name of this place ring a bell? The idyllic town of Castelldefels is known for its beach more than 5 km long; and for its famous residents. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi are almost neighbors in this town. Anyway, Castelldefels beach is a popular and regulated kite area right on Sitges.

An international kite surfing school based in Barcelona, ​​Mojokite, offers lessons and rentals in this great location. Wind conditions are quite reliable and it is only a half hour drive from Barcelona.

Before you start exploring this and other sweet spots along the Catalonian Coast, you should check the no-go zone during peak tourist seasons, from June to September.

Incredible Surf Facts (Part 1)

Surfing is more famous than ever with more and more people taking part in this fun sport day by day. No matter they are on a surf trip throughout Europe or paddling at the beach of their hometown, as soon as they catch that first break, they realise why people say ‘only a surfer knows the feeling’. 

This feeling of stoke has been around since the time of Captain Cook who was the first person to experience surfing way back in 1778. According to him, a surfer whom he saw in Hawaii is someone “who got the most supreme pleasure while flying so fast and smoothly by the seas” – isn’t that impressive. 

In this post, you will find 15 amazing facts about surfing: 

1. Surfing is one of the most ancient sports on Earth date back over 5,000 years ago according to prehistoric stone carvings in Chan Chan, Peru discovering by archaeologists.   

2. The world record of the longest ride lasted 3 hours 55 minutes by surfer named Gary Saavedra in 2011 when he surfed the wake of a speed boat.

3. WWII pushed surfing to the next level by the creation of new chemicals; Styrofoam, resin and fiberglass would later be used to manufacture the boards surfers are accustomed to use today.   

4. The first major surf competition was organized as old as in 1928 in California.   

5. Surfing is now a industry worth £20 Billion annually with over 25 million surfers worldwide.   

6. The biggest wave ever recorded in the world was as high as 1738ft, which was classed as a mega-tsunami and occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska in 1958. 

7.  The single longest surf ride ever was a tidal bore wave occurred in the Amazon River which was a leg burning for 37 minutes.    

8. Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz has a no-so-little surf accident prone that broke her nose a staggering 4 times from surfing!