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Trip: West Japan, summer 2008

Written by yann show yann profile

Friday August 15 2008 06:52:04 AM

Date: from Aug 4, 2008 to Aug 24, 2008

Surf trip description:

I went to Japan with all my family to see my wife's family. It was not really a surf trip. But I brought an old surfboard with me (6'2'' rusty) in case of waves. I will let this board in Japan. We are on the west coast of Japan which is not the good one for surfing. But surf's up sometimes with tropical storms in summer or tempests during winter.

2 photos representatives of Japan:

0808japan001 Temple where is born the Soto Zen

0808japan002 suburban landscape

I have to eat: I love japanes food but, below it was a little too much for me :

0808japan003 fish eggs

I went to the Noto Peninsula which is a beautiful coast with carraibbean beaches. all of the 3 photos below are surf spots.

0808japan005 0808japan007 0808japan006

The last one shows the jetties you find everywhere in Japan. You have to urf carefully and it destroys the landscape.

People of Noto Hanto:

0808japan008 0808japan004

I have checked all the maps. No waves. But the 15 august, a small tropical storm came and I get some small waves. The lessons:

  • Conditions change quickly on the west coast, you have to follom the forecast 2 times a day
  • The average surf level is no so bad: it means there is surf here which is a surpried for me.

I went near Fukui to explore other spots. I take my surf but I was unlucky:

0808japan009  eating "ramen" and waiting for the big japanese fireworks with 20 000 other people.

0808japan011 a beach break but waves were too small. I didn't surf

0808japan012 0808japan013 0808japan014Oshima island: a wonderful surf spot. It's a reef, a left, along the cliff on the right of the photo. The wave finishs just  at the entry of the temple. This is the type of spot which make you buy an airplane ticket!

 

And I got the SURF: Check the VIDEO

 

Modified: Friday August 15 2008 06:52:36 AM
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Session: finish

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Saturday August 23 2008 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Ataka, Japan

Surf Trip: West Japan, summer 2008 ( 04 August 2008 - 24 August 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Established

Nb waves ridden: 5

Length of the surf session: 1 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'2

Weather and water temp: stormy

Waves height: 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy
- Powerful
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- Close out

Description:

And th my last session in Japan was not the best. 12 surfers at the peak and the sell was powerful, close outs and mushy... I took several waves but none were good.

Nethermind, my trip in japan was good !

yb080823japan1

yb080823japan2 there is a guy in the water... and it's pretty big !

 

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Created: Wednesday August 27 2008 09:26:44 AM

Modified: Wednesday August 27 2008 09:32:30 AM

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Session: short and good

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Friday August 22 2008 04:30:00 PM

Surf spot: Ataka, Japan

Surf Trip: West Japan, summer 2008 ( 04 August 2008 - 24 August 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: No wind

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: 9

Length of the surf session: 0:45 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'2

Weather and water temp: Air: warm, Water: 26°C

Waves height: 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun

Waves Shape:
- Walls

Description:

Just a look at Ataka and I decided to jump into the water. Waves were smaller than in the morning but the swell was longer and the waves were better. I took a lot of them and it was fun !

a good short session.

VIDEO

 

0808japan028 not very hollow but waves were opening on nearly 100m.

0808japan029 with good turns.

0808japan030 the wave is mainly a right but on the bigger ones, it can be a good left

Buddies:

Created: Wednesday August 27 2008 09:14:20 AM

Modified: Saturday November 8 2008 03:12:05 PM

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Session: good waves

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Friday August 22 2008 07:30:00 AM

Surf spot: Ataka, Japan

Surf Trip: West Japan, summer 2008 ( 04 August 2008 - 24 August 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 20

Length of the surf session: 2:30 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'2''

Weather and water temp: Air: 25, water:26

Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Ledgey

Waves Shape:
- One peak
- Bowl

Description:

Good surprise this morning: there were glassy waves! And they were pretty good. We were 3 to 5 surfers with 2 brasilians. I took a lot of waves. Waves were a bit weak but so;e of them were very good. I took a big hollow left.

All the surfers wear wetsuits. I didn't understood as the water was warm. But they explained to me it was to avoid "kurage" (jellyfish). But i didn't get hurt.

0808japan024 some of them were hollow

0808japan025 general view of the spot

0808japan026 a brasilian guy

0808japan027

Buddies:

Created: Saturday August 23 2008 02:26:29 AM

Modified: Wednesday August 27 2008 09:16:30 AM

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Session: Fast Swell

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Tuesday August 19 2008 11:00:00 AM

Surf spot: Ataka, Japan

Surf Trip: West Japan, summer 2008 ( 04 August 2008 - 24 August 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Onshore

Wind Strength: Strong

Nb waves ridden: 10

Length of the surf session: 1:00 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'2'' Aiko, rusty

Weather and water temp: Air: stormy, hot Water: 26°C

Waves height: 1.5m / 5ft

Waves Quality:
- Mushy
- Powerful
- Hollow
- Bumpy

Waves Shape:
- Bowl
- Close out

Description:

I knew the swell was coming.But at 9am, it was completely flat. And I have to surf before 12 because we will go for a trip.

I decided to come back at 10h30. Waves were 50cm... I wait half an hour and waves increase until 70cm. I jumped into the water just to surf something.

0808japan015 the beginning of the session: smalle waves

But after 20mn, swell increased and I get fun 1,20m waves:

0808japan016 the right started to work

But the swell continued to increased until 1,50 solid!

0808japan017 It broke outside tripods.

As I was alone and the outside current was strong, I decided to stop.

Buddies:

Created: Thursday August 21 2008 09:40:20 AM

Modified: Thursday August 21 2008 09:41:15 AM

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Session: sloppy and fun

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Friday August 15 2008 07:15:00 AM

Surf spot: Ataka, Japan

Surf Trip: West Japan, summer 2008 ( 04 August 2008 - 24 August 2008)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Light

Nb waves ridden: 12

Length of the surf session: 1:30 min

Surfboard ridden: 6'2'' Aiko, rusty

Weather and water temp: Air: stormy, hot Water: 26°C

Waves height: Less than 1m / 3ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Ledgey

Waves Shape:
- Multipeaks

Description:

I have waited a long for this session...10 years...It 's the first time I surfed here. I wake up early and decided to have a look. I didn't expect any waves. When I arrived, it was surfable: 1m waves were rolling along the beach.

Fun waves: it's a shorebreak which is not a close out ! I had to rediscover the board I got: a thruster I habe brought in Japan. Waves were short and hollow.I surfed with 6 other japaneses who were very surprised to see me surfing here.

At the end: not my best session and my best surf but I was really happy to surf here.

yb080815ataka

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Created: Friday August 15 2008 06:44:31 AM

Modified: Friday August 15 2008 06:52:36 AM

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