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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Observations and Perceptions - I recently re-read the comments I wrote back in 2006 regarding the scene at Jungmun/Jeju, and while I can maybe see how some of what I wrote might be perceived as bitter (hello pudfluff), I was merely honestly sharing my observations and experience while living here, and none of what I wrote was bullshit. My tone was intentionally sarcastic, of course, yet make no mistake: I still stand unequivocally by what I wrote beforehand, and if you weren't a witness (as I was) to the negative changes happening here back then, well one (pudfluff) could be forgiven for misconstruing my remarks. Happily, four good years later, some things have changed for the better, and to reflect these positive changes I feel obliged to ammend one or two of my earlier comments. First and foremost, I wish to pay sincere respect to a few of the local boys, some of the guys born and bred on the island. Over the last few years, a few have improved considerably, so that now when we do get a solid swell there are actually one or two or three who are willing to paddle out and charge at the spattering of fickle reefs that only light up when Jungmun is washed out/too big. To witness their improvement and stoke has been a distinct pleasure, and with the increase of their skills I venture to say the formerly antagonistic attitude they occasionally cast about has been transformed into a much more easygoing vibe. They are more confident, less insecure, more friendly. Generally speaking. In truth, most of the boys in the WaveClub are really good guys, very mellow, just wanna surf and have fun. Inevitably, people being people, there are still one or two 'individuals' down at Jungmun who believe that dropping-in is a sign of status, but again it's my experience that I still never see such guys charging when there's size here, and thus to them no respect is due. Certainly, every year more and more beginners take to the water, so that now on any given slopburger day you can find 25+ people in the water, but overall the vibe has become more mellow again at Jungmun (although the ultra low-key/empty days are long gone..boohoo..). For how long? Who knows. Surfing's popularity here in Korea/Jeju has increased exponentially since when I began living here in 2000. That was always to be expected, so no worries. The waves here though on Jeju for the most part, I state again emphatically, simply do not justify any hype you may hear. Case in point, not one single good solid typhoon swell has lit up the coast yet this season (although fingers crossed, Sept/Oct may redeem our rusty boards). Sure, there have been lots of small waves at Jungmun this summer for longboards or fishes, but nothing else of note. And every once in a while, a Japanese camera crew or sponsored guys from Hawaii will roll in and do an article for a mag, or shoot some vid, and try to convey the notion that Jeju is some unridden realm. latz :)
Korea is nice - Yes, there is surf to be had. Yes, swells are rare. that`s about as far as you need to read into the intro for Korea. The rest is a bunch of bitter BS about jeju island. If you aren`t scared of cold water the NE coast of SK in winter is semi-consistient mostly offshore.. and eeeemmmmpppty. Your local surf break might be super sweet but if you never get to surf there alone Korea might me kind of nice. Plus there`s about 3 shops up here if you`re looking for gear, wax, etc. check the facebook group page "surfin' korea" for photos and the like.
Had good surf in Korea yesterday - I went surf this weekend to east sea where have had quite rich waves. 3~4ft. and pretty nice peeling. U gotta check the chart before going though. It was fickle, as the article said. It took more than 3 hours by car from seoul. freaking far. I wish I lived there.
Haeundae beach - I was down at Haeundae beach this weekend, saw about 20 guys in the water surfing. Anybody know the deal when comes to surfing Haeundae beach? Does anybody know good spots in Pohung?
I havent surfed in a couple years, and really want to et back out there. I have a bord on the way and I am so ready to hit the waves again!!
- surf the north east coast between Gangneung and Sokcho...no crowds, good swell, so much fun...let me know if you need advice
trying to build a surfboard - my name is True. i am not even a beginner, i just surfed twice in the west coast. i lived in Nebraska for 7 yrs, yeah not a place for anyone likes water sports, anyways. I am back to Korea(where i am from) and trying to build a surfboard. It's not I can't buy one in Korea, i just wanted to build my own. i kinda figured it's not worth it. however. I was wondering if there's anyone who could give some insights of surfboard construction, maybe someone was in the industry or knowledgeable. I built two replicas for testing and i made one shortboard and it's waiting for leash plug and fin box. if anyone willing to help me, that would be so great. email@example.com (my email) i live near pusan. thanks .
visiting - hey my name is tim, im from the los angeles, ca. and am here for the summer learning korean, was wondering if anyone who knows which breaks are best to surf could let me know or show me around. email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyungpodae beach - right off the main beachside road, there were lefts and rights firing off the jetty in May. But, no board, no wetsuit (what are water temps here? At Haeundae? At Jungmun beach?)
looking for some waves.... - hi folks i m a frencj canadian who s looking for some reel good spot to surf in south corea next august. i on t have any information about surf corea, is it easy to rent surfbord out there,is there any surf shop aroud? it would be nice if someone could help me in my quest. email me at email@example.com I m matt.
There are waves - While not very consistant and somewhat far from cities, there are waves to be had on both the west and east coast. If in Korea during anytime but monsoon season, give me a all to hook up and maybe surf. Songtan/Pyeontaek area. 01066967241
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