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Drive the main road to Fukyoko and turn left at the watch for the Tatagami Iwa signs. It is in the town of Karatsu.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
When you paddle out (especially at low tides) watch your scags on the rocks. Traditionally as it is a right most people head out a little above the line up and paddle in.
Tatagami Iwa is not only a fun spot, but there is the local flavor of the Japanese people and there is a shrine between the two big rocks, which is appropriate for rendering petitions for surf or luck!
It is really a very over-looked spot and although there where no days over head high while I was there; it is the idea that hey I am in Japan and the fact that most of the Japanese surfers we met were pretty cool which make it a good deal.
By BurningRocket , 05-12-2011
Tatagami - I love surfing Tatagami. I go there almost every weekend and have not had a bad experience yet. The locals are super cool. There are a bunch of great breaks all around Karatsu. If you are cool with the locals they will point you in the right direction.
By christian beserra , 13-09-2003
looking for the boys - hi there,i lost all my contacts in karatsu and would love to look for my friends again.Eiji san is one of them. Naoshigue, Sohe, Zen san as well (who shaped great boards for me) and Masaki Harada surfed with me all the time.if you lived there from 93 to 96 you probably saw me in the water. i am the only brazilian who surfed that place. anyway, can you please help me out "traking the boys" down.my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org,christian
By rogue_cat , 29-07-2002
Localism - I lived in Karatsu for 3 years and learned to surf at Tategami - I guess I was one of those Karatsu Boys (or rather, girls) and perhaps my friendship with the 'locals' clouds my judgement that they are good people and friendly - especially compared to some spots in Miyazaki!! But this was several years ago, and even when I left in '96 it was getting more and more crowded - I imagine that probably sparked some localism. Here's a hint: one of the 'gurus' there is named Eiji (some call him "E-bo", pronouned "ay-boh"). He owns a bar in Karatsu, near the Royal Hotel, called "Dreadlock." I think he still drives a van and has an English corgie dog named "Vamos". Anyway, if you're concerned about localism, he speaks pretty decent English and is usually friendly to newcomers, especially if you take the trouble to find him and introduce yourself.
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