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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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 Tatagami Iwa

Japan, Kyushu

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 Access

Drive the main road to Fukyoko and turn left at the watch for the Tatagami Iwa signs. It is in the town of Karatsu.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the main road to Fukyoko and turn left at the watch for the Tatagami Iwa signs. It is in the town of Karatsu.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the main road to Fukyoko and turn left at the watch for the Tatagami Iwa signs. It is in the town of Karatsu.

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

Type

Direction

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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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 c_beserra@yahoo.comcheers,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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