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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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nam - I live in vietnam on the south central coast- there is heaps of swell and there will be breaks if you have the time and patience to look carefully around- as the swell comes with the wet season Oct -jan- the weather sux but the waves are here. I found a left point break- very beuatiful but its potential is yet to be realised I think with a big swell it would be great. there are heaps of features on the map so must be the possibilities. the Vietnamese live in total fear of the water so don't ask for advice it will be wrong. you have gotta get out there and look. One day there will be a guide-20 years.
where are the waves? - I went to Vietnam in april to july 2000 and in july 2002 but I didn't see any good waves at My Khe Beach and at Bac My Anh Beach near Da Nang...Where are they? or When is there some good waves?maybe in december?
no go - went their in march 2002, fully onshore and no sign of any banks wanting to take shape, id give it a miss and head for indo...........
pointbreaks from 36,000 feet - I had the wild fortune, or misfortune, I haven't figured it out, to be in the air over the south china sea during the whole 9/11 thing. The airplane was deserted as most travellers were scared s--tless to be anywhere near an airport. My wife and I were on our way to circle the asia stuff on one of those cheap ticket unlimited stops kind of thing. The airline hub was Hong Kong which meant every time we went to a new country we had to fly back to HK every time. I flew over Vietnam a dozen times and every time I would look down from the heavens on the coastal geography and see an amazing sample of arcing headlands, which mean points. The sky was too cloudy with haze to actually see the whitewater wrapping around the set of points, but having seen this sort of setup in central america I had visions of fun waves . Have you guys ridden these waves cuz there are an awful lot of people who have the ground route figured out and you could check it out. I bet there are plenty of scenic points in between, but I just dont have the swell season figured out for the south china sea. On my last trip to asia last year the sky was just as blue over the area and that haze was still there. But it wasnt purple. In fact the whole island of Borneo looked like the farmers were slash burning it. Man, life just gets better and better, doesn't it? Have some more tropical hardwoods in that new house of yours, why dont ya?
Phil - Checkit. I drove a motorcycle from HCMC to Hanoi and I followed the coast the majority of the way. There were waves on and off most of the way. It was all pretty much longboard mush but the surf at China beach was bigger and steep. There is a windsurf shop in Mui ne...they have 2 foam funboards. You can get some good surf there..unfortunately, the surf doesnt break in front of the shop. If you want to find the waves, follow the main road into town and head left at the turn towards the dunes. There was some good surf there and beautiful surroundings. Good luck getting there with a board as it is about 8km Otherwise, I could not find a board in Vietnam. When I got to China beach, there were waves somewhere in the chest to head high size. Scoured the beach with another cat and all we ended up finding was a shitshacksurfshop with four broken boards...a real bummer. Anyway, that was in march...If I had a board there wouldve been plenty of places that I could of surfed up and down the coast. So I guess, bring your own stick and have fun. Vietnam is an amazing country and there are loads of untouched beaches all along the coast..good luck!
dont go!! - iwas there in 96 and had my board impounded.....cos I told the local constable to jam a fine up his arse.....apparently it was illegal to carry a board on a taxi...ha ha....and i was in strife over it...and they were still a bit wary of the yanks in the 70s that were surfing during the war
surf shop - If you are not travellling with a surf board, Are there places to rent or buy one here?
?? - Anyone know the best season for this place? Same as the Phillipines?
DAD SAID!!! - MY POPS TOLD ME ABOUT THIS BREACH, FROM WHEN HE WAS IN THE WAR. HE TOLD ME IT WAS THE BEST THING GOIN ,WHEN HE WAS IN THE JUNGLE THATS ALL HE COULD THINK ABOUT.ONE OF HIS BUDS DIED AND LEFT HIM A 9-FT VELZ BOARD THATS HOW HE LEARND TO SURF.
info on asia - I'm going to be travelling through asia starting in indonesia and going all the way up to japan. Could you help me out with some good locations to stay and surf through thailand,singapore,china,vietnam and japan? any info would be great. I'm on a budget so some other tips would help.
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