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From Jeju City you drive an hour south to Jungmun. From Jungmun you drive east along the coast road until you get to a little village called Kangjeong. From Kangjeong, try and find the harbor and then you have to backtrack west about 1km along a very narrow, tiny farm/coast road (different than the one you take into Kangjeong from Jungmun)-- I mean, this road is tiny. From Kangjeong harbor to the break is about 1km. The break itself is at the end of the tiny coast road; you won't be able to drive any farther. Right near where you park you'll see the wave firing if it's breaking.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Yakcheonssa
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
This spot is by far the heaviest wave on Jejudo. I've lived here for seven years and have explored the entire coast under every possible tide/swell/wind direction. Trust me when I say that you need to be an excellent sufer to even contemplate tackling this spot. Ideally, tow-ins would be best. The wave is very makeable but on the inside are some gnarly rocks and a fat ledge on which the insdide waves explode. Big, heavy currents and very heavy water.
I paddled out at this spot three years ago with my friend. We'd watched it a couple of times before and figured it was doable, but once out there I turtled and just sat in the channel and watched. My friend caught a mid-size set wave and ate it on another. After about an hour we paddled back in...
Both me and my friend have been surfing for years. He's from Tasmania and I grew up in Santa Cruz and Big Sur, California, and also lived for a couple of seasons on Kauai. I've also traveled a little and surfed in Aus and Bali. And honestly, I have to say that this is one of the heaviest waves I've ever seen.
Sets stack up in deep water and then ledge sqarely over reef. EVERY wave barrels and many spit. After the peak the wave continues bowling/barelling right into the inside, not losing any power or thickness along the way. This wave has immense power and is a board/neck breaker. No one has ever really surfed this spot; to my knowledge, me and my friend are the only surfers to have even paddled out.
If you ever find this spot firing under a 6-8ft swell, paddle out if your board is long enough. Ideally, a 7'4"-8'6" would suffice. Or, if you've got a jet-ski, the glory would be yours. Just west of the reef is another tiny harbor (I think it's called Wal-pyoeng) from where you could access the break on a ski. Good luck!
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