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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Hachijojima - Kaiser's

Japan, Izu Islands

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Alright, for those that are truly adventurous surfers, this is the place to go.

First; Learn a little Japanese. Numbers, how much, where is, I don't speak Japanese, etc. simple Japanese expression that will come in very useful.

Second; LOOK AT THE SWELL REPORT BEFORE YOU GO. You don't want to travel to Japan and not ride a single wave. However, the IZU island chain which is where you will want to go for epic waves and warm water almost always has surf.

Third; Packing-pack booties or walk on needles before you go to toughen up your feet so you won't feel the sharpness of the rocky bottom as you try to paddle out. If you travel in the summer for the excellent typhoon swell, bring a spring knowing that you probably won't need it. Winter, a 3.2 should do fine. Also, bring a portable DVD player, CD's, games, etc., because there isn't a whole lot to do on Hacjijo besides surfing especially in the summer. A skateboard could come in Handy too. And bring alot of snacks, granola etc.
The rest of the packing is up to you, I'm not your mom.

Fourth; Save your money before this trip. Your ticket to Tokyo shouldn't cost alot if you know where to look and your ferry ride ticket to Hacjijo jima is 80 bucks each way and therefore relatively inexpensive, but the hotel fee, the cheapest one will run you about 75 bucks per perason per night. Now that does include food, but it is allllll Japanese authentic food. But, other than that if you go to the place I tell you which is Surf Point and stay at the B&B there, you won't spend your money on anything because there is nothing to do but surf, and the nice old woman rents cars and can pick you up from the ferry landing. So you are covered.

Fifth; Now getting there-Fly into Haneda or Narita Airport in Tokyo in the morning. At the airport ask for the ferry landing for the IZU islands and Hachijo jima island. You will have to take the train to the ferry landing, but it isn't far, 15 minutes from Haneda and about 45 to 1.5 hours from Narita. (Change your money at the airport, I recommend for a weeks stay $1,000min) The ferry leaves once a day at 10:30pm and is always on time! You will get there at 9:30am, exactly hence you will be sleeping on the ferry, but it is comfortable so don't worry. Should you decide to embark on the this epic journey a tatami mat awaits you!

Sixth, once you get there look up Scott, he is the only one on the island who speaks fluent English, he is New Zealander with a bitching pub. He is super friendly and willing to help ya. If you travel in the busy season (summer), then walk to his pub, its up the main drag heading east as soon as you get off of the ferry. Also, the diving shop you will see when you get off of the ferry also has a friendly Japanese guy who speaks some English. He can help as well, tell him you want to go to Surf Point and he can help ya. You can decide whether or not you want to throw them some cash.
*That's about it, e-mail me for questions davidtrips2asia@yahoo.com, but I am not a fricking tour guide so keep it short and too the point. The main breaks are Kaiser's and Tacos, Tacos is epic in the summer and holds a surf comp. Both hold year round surf pretty well though. Good Luck!

The Anchor Pub is open from 6:00p.m. till 12:00a.m.
Tuesdays to Sundays.

For information or bookings contact;
The Anchor Pub after 18;00
Tel: 04996-2-1168. Mob: 090-4733-6511
1408-2 Mitsune, Hachijo-machi,
Hachijo-jima,Tokyo-to.100-1511
E-mail; anchorpub@hachijo.net

English (Translate this text in English): Alright, for those that are truly adventurous surfers, this is the place to go.<br /><br />First; Learn a little Japanese. Numbers, how much, where is, I don't speak Japanese, etc. simple Japanese expression that will come in very useful.<br /><br />Second; LOOK AT THE SWELL REPORT BEFORE YOU GO. You don't want to travel to Japan and not ride a single wave. However, the IZU island chain which is where you will want to go for epic waves and warm water almost always has surf.<br /><br />Third; Packing-pack booties or walk on needles before you go to toughen up your feet so you won't feel the sharpness of the rocky bottom as you try to paddle out. If you travel in the summer for the excellent typhoon swell, bring a spring knowing that you probably won't need it. Winter, a 3.2 should do fine. Also, bring a portable DVD player, CD's, games, etc., because there isn't a whole lot to do on Hacjijo besides surfing especially in the summer. A skateboard could come in Handy too. And bring alot of snacks, granola etc.<br />The rest of the packing is up to you, I'm not your mom.<br /><br />Fourth; Save your money before this trip. Your ticket to Tokyo shouldn't cost alot if you know where to look and your ferry ride ticket to Hacjijo jima is 80 bucks each way and therefore relatively inexpensive, but the hotel fee, the cheapest one will run you about 75 bucks per perason per night. Now that does include food, but it is allllll Japanese authentic food. But, other than that if you go to the place I tell you which is Surf Point and stay at the B&amp;B there, you won't spend your money on anything because there is nothing to do but surf, and the nice old woman rents cars and can pick you up from the ferry landing. So you are covered.<br /><br />Fifth; Now getting there-Fly into Haneda or Narita Airport in Tokyo in the morning. At the airport ask for the ferry landing for the IZU islands and Hachijo jima island. You will have to take the train to the ferry landing, but it isn't far, 15 minutes from Haneda and about 45 to 1.5 hours from Narita. (Change your money at the airport, I recommend for a weeks stay $1,000min) The ferry leaves once a day at 10:30pm and is always on time! You will get there at 9:30am, exactly hence you will be sleeping on the ferry, but it is comfortable so don't worry. Should you decide to embark on the this epic journey a tatami mat awaits you!<br /><br />Sixth, once you get there look up Scott, he is the only one on the island who speaks fluent English, he is New Zealander with a bitching pub. He is super friendly and willing to help ya. If you travel in the busy season (summer), then walk to his pub, its up the main drag heading east as soon as you get off of the ferry. Also, the diving shop you will see when you get off of the ferry also has a friendly Japanese guy who speaks some English. He can help as well, tell him you want to go to Surf Point and he can help ya. You can decide whether or not you want to throw them some cash.<br />*That's about it, e-mail me for questions davidtrips2asia@yahoo.com, but I am not a fricking tour guide so keep it short and too the point. The main breaks are Kaiser's and Tacos, Tacos is epic in the summer and holds a surf comp. Both hold year round surf pretty well though. Good Luck!<br /><br />The Anchor Pub is open from 6:00p.m. till 12:00a.m.<br />Tuesdays to Sundays.<br /><br />For information or bookings contact;<br />The Anchor Pub after 18;00<br />Tel: 04996-2-1168. Mob: 090-4733-6511<br />1408-2 Mitsune, Hachijo-machi,<br />Hachijo-jima,Tokyo-to.100-1511<br />E-mail; anchorpub@hachijo.net

English (Translate this text in English): Alright, for those that are truly adventurous surfers, this is the place to go.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;First; Learn a little Japanese. Numbers, how much, where is, I don't speak Japanese, etc. simple Japanese expression that will come in very useful.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Second; LOOK AT THE SWELL REPORT BEFORE YOU GO. You don't want to travel to Japan and not ride a single wave. However, the IZU island chain which is where you will want to go for epic waves and warm water almost always has surf.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Third; Packing-pack booties or walk on needles before you go to toughen up your feet so you won't feel the sharpness of the rocky bottom as you try to paddle out. If you travel in the summer for the excellent typhoon swell, bring a spring knowing that you probably won't need it. Winter, a 3.2 should do fine. Also, bring a portable DVD player, CD's, games, etc., because there isn't a whole lot to do on Hacjijo besides surfing especially in the summer. A skateboard could come in Handy too. And bring alot of snacks, granola etc.&lt;br &#47;&gt;The rest of the packing is up to you, I'm not your mom.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Fourth; Save your money before this trip. Your ticket to Tokyo shouldn't cost alot if you know where to look and your ferry ride ticket to Hacjijo jima is 80 bucks each way and therefore relatively inexpensive, but the hotel fee, the cheapest one will run you about 75 bucks per perason per night. Now that does include food, but it is allllll Japanese authentic food. But, other than that if you go to the place I tell you which is Surf Point and stay at the B&amp;amp;B there, you won't spend your money on anything because there is nothing to do but surf, and the nice old woman rents cars and can pick you up from the ferry landing. So you are covered.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Fifth; Now getting there-Fly into Haneda or Narita Airport in Tokyo in the morning. At the airport ask for the ferry landing for the IZU islands and Hachijo jima island. You will have to take the train to the ferry landing, but it isn't far, 15 minutes from Haneda and about 45 to 1.5 hours from Narita. (Change your money at the airport, I recommend for a weeks stay $1,000min) The ferry leaves once a day at 10:30pm and is always on time! You will get there at 9:30am, exactly hence you will be sleeping on the ferry, but it is comfortable so don't worry. Should you decide to embark on the this epic journey a tatami mat awaits you!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Sixth, once you get there look up Scott, he is the only one on the island who speaks fluent English, he is New Zealander with a bitching pub. He is super friendly and willing to help ya. If you travel in the busy season (summer), then walk to his pub, its up the main drag heading east as soon as you get off of the ferry. Also, the diving shop you will see when you get off of the ferry also has a friendly Japanese guy who speaks some English. He can help as well, tell him you want to go to Surf Point and he can help ya. You can decide whether or not you want to throw them some cash.&lt;br &#47;&gt;*That's about it, e-mail me for questions davidtrips2asia@yahoo.com, but I am not a fricking tour guide so keep it short and too the point. The main breaks are Kaiser's and Tacos, Tacos is epic in the summer and holds a surf comp. Both hold year round surf pretty well though. Good Luck!&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The Anchor Pub is open from 6:00p.m. till 12:00a.m.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Tuesdays to Sundays.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;For information or bookings contact;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The Anchor Pub after 18;00&lt;br &#47;&gt;Tel: 04996-2-1168. Mob: 090-4733-6511&lt;br &#47;&gt;1408-2 Mitsune, Hachijo-machi,&lt;br &#47;&gt;Hachijo-jima,Tokyo-to.100-1511&lt;br &#47;&gt;E-mail; anchorpub@hachijo.net

English (Translate this text in English): Alright, for those that are truly adventurous surfers, this is the place to go.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;First; Learn a little Japanese. Numbers, how much, where is, I don't speak Japanese, etc. simple Japanese expression that will come in very useful.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Second; LOOK AT THE SWELL REPORT BEFORE YOU GO. You don't want to travel to Japan and not ride a single wave. However, the IZU island chain which is where you will want to go for epic waves and warm water almost always has surf.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Third; Packing-pack booties or walk on needles before you go to toughen up your feet so you won't feel the sharpness of the rocky bottom as you try to paddle out. If you travel in the summer for the excellent typhoon swell, bring a spring knowing that you probably won't need it. Winter, a 3.2 should do fine. Also, bring a portable DVD player, CD's, games, etc., because there isn't a whole lot to do on Hacjijo besides surfing especially in the summer. A skateboard could come in Handy too. And bring alot of snacks, granola etc.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The rest of the packing is up to you, I'm not your mom.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Fourth; Save your money before this trip. Your ticket to Tokyo shouldn't cost alot if you know where to look and your ferry ride ticket to Hacjijo jima is 80 bucks each way and therefore relatively inexpensive, but the hotel fee, the cheapest one will run you about 75 bucks per perason per night. Now that does include food, but it is allllll Japanese authentic food. But, other than that if you go to the place I tell you which is Surf Point and stay at the B&amp;amp;amp;B there, you won't spend your money on anything because there is nothing to do but surf, and the nice old woman rents cars and can pick you up from the ferry landing. So you are covered.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Fifth; Now getting there-Fly into Haneda or Narita Airport in Tokyo in the morning. At the airport ask for the ferry landing for the IZU islands and Hachijo jima island. You will have to take the train to the ferry landing, but it isn't far, 15 minutes from Haneda and about 45 to 1.5 hours from Narita. (Change your money at the airport, I recommend for a weeks stay $1,000min) The ferry leaves once a day at 10:30pm and is always on time! You will get there at 9:30am, exactly hence you will be sleeping on the ferry, but it is comfortable so don't worry. Should you decide to embark on the this epic journey a tatami mat awaits you!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Sixth, once you get there look up Scott, he is the only one on the island who speaks fluent English, he is New Zealander with a bitching pub. He is super friendly and willing to help ya. If you travel in the busy season (summer), then walk to his pub, its up the main drag heading east as soon as you get off of the ferry. Also, the diving shop you will see when you get off of the ferry also has a friendly Japanese guy who speaks some English. He can help as well, tell him you want to go to Surf Point and he can help ya. You can decide whether or not you want to throw them some cash.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;*That's about it, e-mail me for questions davidtrips2asia@yahoo.com, but I am not a fricking tour guide so keep it short and too the point. The main breaks are Kaiser's and Tacos, Tacos is epic in the summer and holds a surf comp. Both hold year round surf pretty well though. Good Luck!&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The Anchor Pub is open from 6:00p.m. till 12:00a.m.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Tuesdays to Sundays.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;For information or bookings contact;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The Anchor Pub after 18;00&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Tel: 04996-2-1168. Mob: 090-4733-6511&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;1408-2 Mitsune, Hachijo-machi,&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Hachijo-jima,Tokyo-to.100-1511&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;E-mail; anchorpub@hachijo.net

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (&lt; 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerFast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Not a beginners spot, but as long as you can decently hang with a crowd, you should be okay. The weekends can be crowded, especially on a Japanese Holiday which is usually during Christmas. The summer weekends can be crowded with good Japanese surfers. Weekdays you have it to yourself and the off season completely to yourself. There are some very good locals, respect them, and they will respect you. My leash snapped and one of them paddled in to get my board before it smashed into the rocks, so...they are not dicks, don't be an arogant dick either.

English (Translate this text in English): Not a beginners spot, but as long as you can decently hang with a crowd, you should be okay. The weekends can be crowded, especially on a Japanese Holiday which is usually during Christmas. The summer weekends can be crowded with good Japanese surfers. Weekdays you have it to yourself and the off season completely to yourself. There are some very good locals, respect them, and they will respect you. My leash snapped and one of them paddled in to get my board before it smashed into the rocks, so...they are not dicks, don't be an arogant dick either.

English (Translate this text in English): Not a beginners spot, but as long as you can decently hang with a crowd, you should be okay. The weekends can be crowded, especially on a Japanese Holiday which is usually during Christmas. The summer weekends can be crowded with good Japanese surfers. Weekdays you have it to yourself and the off season completely to yourself. There are some very good locals, respect them, and they will respect you. My leash snapped and one of them paddled in to get my board before it smashed into the rocks, so...they are not dicks, don't be an arogant dick either.

English (Translate this text in English): Not a beginners spot, but as long as you can decently hang with a crowd, you should be okay. The weekends can be crowded, especially on a Japanese Holiday which is usually during Christmas. The summer weekends can be crowded with good Japanese surfers. Weekdays you have it to yourself and the off season completely to yourself. There are some very good locals, respect them, and they will respect you. My leash snapped and one of them paddled in to get my board before it smashed into the rocks, so...they are not dicks, don't be an arogant dick either.

Atmosphere

If you can spend more than a week, you could probably find some really hidden surf places, or even better, you could hop on the ferry and go to some of the other islands especially Nijima which has an epic beach break, and long sandy beaches. Hacjijo jima Island has NO SANDY BEACHES, make sure the girlfriend or wife knows that. It got me into trouble!

English (Translate this text in English): If you can spend more than a week, you could probably find some really hidden surf places, or even better, you could hop on the ferry and go to some of the other islands especially Nijima which has an epic beach break, and long sandy beaches. Hacjijo jima Island has NO SANDY BEACHES, make sure the girlfriend or wife knows that. It got me into trouble!

English (Translate this text in English): If you can spend more than a week, you could probably find some really hidden surf places, or even better, you could hop on the ferry and go to some of the other islands especially Nijima which has an epic beach break, and long sandy beaches. Hacjijo jima Island has NO SANDY BEACHES, make sure the girlfriend or wife knows that. It got me into trouble!

English (Translate this text in English): If you can spend more than a week, you could probably find some really hidden surf places, or even better, you could hop on the ferry and go to some of the other islands especially Nijima which has an epic beach break, and long sandy beaches. Hacjijo jima Island has NO SANDY BEACHES, make sure the girlfriend or wife knows that. It got me into trouble!

General

A cool experience, and Japan can be cheap, getting around is expensive on busses and trains, but you can find hotels and hostels in the high season for $30 bucks a night, so don't stress!

English (Translate this text in English): A cool experience, and Japan can be cheap, getting around is expensive on busses and trains, but you can find hotels and hostels in the high season for $30 bucks a night, so don't stress!

English (Translate this text in English): A cool experience, and Japan can be cheap, getting around is expensive on busses and trains, but you can find hotels and hostels in the high season for $30 bucks a night, so don't stress!

English (Translate this text in English): A cool experience, and Japan can be cheap, getting around is expensive on busses and trains, but you can find hotels and hostels in the high season for $30 bucks a night, so don't stress!

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By Anonymous , 09-11-2009

- Scott's an Aussie, mate! And he's far from the only English speaker on the island. He is a top bloke though and deinitely worth tracking down :)

By David Lausch , 18-06-2008

Hi Anonymous - Don't know who you are, but it is impossible for the break to change as it is a reef break. Maybe you surfed a different location and maybe a different time of year. It can get small. But in typhoon season, July August September, you've never seen such sweet surf. Contests and the whole sha-bang. Also, you couldn't really have talked to the locals unless you talked to Scott and Takehiro and they would have told you this place goes off!!! Don't say sh*t unless you actually surf a place regularly.

By Anonymous , 24-10-2007

Actual state of surf on Hachijojima - Just got back from a trip to Hachijojima and have to say that the info written about this place, and the pics, are pretty misleading. Not sure when the pics were taken but the break simply is not set up like that anymore and according to the locals, has'nt been for a few years. It does pick up a decent amount of swell but the rides are super short, lack power and are def not the up to 500m put down here. We surfed it on what was supposed to be a good day and the most you could manage was a couple of turns and then kick out. That brings me to the other problem, as the bottom shape of the break has changed the entry and exit point is directly off/through a whole bunch of massive wave protection boulders/structures which makes it pretty much impossible to get out without dinging your board (all locals boards were dinged from this...), getting in was ok with a bit of timing. You could argue that all this was just bad timing on our part but the locals down there said different, the break has changed and it sure as hell is not as recorded here. You can have a kind of fun surf there if you find yourself on the island, but not worth the travel out for sure. Oh, and Kaisers and Santos are the same break, just different peaks (not as on here).

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