Taiwan: A Surfing Oasis Or A Hoax?

4 Sep 2017 1

The Surf, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The Surf, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

COASTALWATCH | TRAVEL

Taiwan: Ten Truths

A surfing oasis, a hoax, or somewhere magically in between?
Story by Joel Agostino

#1 THE SURF: Taiwan best waves remain covered in mystery, not because of their location, but because very few understand the conditions needed to see them come to life. Unlocking these secrets quickly changes how one views Taiwan’s surf.

#2 PUT YOUR TRUST IN FISHERMEN: Taiwanese love business! The past few years have seen more surf businesses pop up than surfers in the water. Regardless of this the islands quality waves remain the domain of a handful of dedicated surfers and the salt encrusted aboriginal fishermen who have watched them from shore for countless years. Put your trust in the fisho’s!

#3 A DYNAMIC COASTLINE: Taiwan’s coastline is dynamic and in a constant state of change. Countless rivers flow from over 268 mountain peaks in excess of 3000m. Millions of tonnes of sand and cobblestone are spewed each year from these rivers and deposited by ocean currents and tropical storms/typhoons along the coast. The potential for mind blowing surf in unexpected locations is ever alive in Taiwan.

#4 FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE (IN THE WORLD): Taiwanese are well known for being some of the most hospitable and friendly people in the world. The aboriginals living on the coast take this to new levels. Rural areas are dominated by an ageing population whose sheer stoke on meeting travellers will keep you smiling during your stay and for years to come.

#5 BACKDROP: Cast a look inland from inside the barrel and you will truly understand why the first sailors to set eyes on Taiwan uttered the words “ilha formosa”... beautiful island. Mountain ranges create breath-taking views and provide a host of fun activities for you to enjoy between sessions. Photo: Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Trust the fishermen, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Trust the fishermen, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The dynamic coastline, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The dynamic coastline, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

#6 TYPHOONS: Watching a typhoon form out in the Pacific and anticipating the waves it will produce is almost as much fun as chasing the swell around the island and finding secret bays and points that come to life with the unique swell directions these typhoons create. Taiwan on average receives swell from over 20 tropical storms/typhoons each year, with August to October the most active.

#7 WINTER WONDERLAND: Most associate Taiwan’s best surf with the typhoon generated swells of May-October. What most don’t realise is Taiwan’s winter months November-April is extremely consistent and produces great waves day in, day out along the east coast of the island.

#8 HUNGRY SURFERS: Tropical fruit, fresh seafood and traditional Taiwanese cuisine guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied and energised for the next session in the water. Rice, pineapple, mango and dragon fruit fields dominate the landscape.

#9 UNDERRATED, UNKNOWN, UNCROWDED... TAIWAN: Taiwan has slipped under the radar of the surfing world for a long time. It remains an island that can reward those who are happy to search, explore and get to know her with those magical sessions that remain etched in the memory banks for years to come.

#10 TRAVEL TAIWAN: Addiction to exploring Taiwan’s coastline in search of waves has provided me with a lifetime of amazing memories. Taiwan offers a unique travel experience for a surfer looking to experience a new culture, contrasting scenery and with a bit of research great waves. For more images and information about Taiwan feel free to check out my site wavestaiwan.com

The friendliest people in the world, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The friendliest people in the world, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The backdrop, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The backdrop, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The typhoons, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The typhoons, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The winter wonderland, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

The winter wonderland, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Hungry Surfers, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Hungry Surfers, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Uncrowded beauty, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Uncrowded beauty, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Travel Taiwan, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com

Travel Taiwan, Photo by Joel / wavestaiwan.com


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