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Alright, for those that are truly adventurous surfers, this is the place to go.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomFlat rocks with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Not a beginners spot, but as long as you can decently hang with a crowd, you should be okay. The weekends can be crowded, especially on a Japanese Holiday which is usually during Christmas. The summer weekends can be crowded with good Japanese surfers. Weekdays you have it to yourself and the off season completely to yourself. There are some very good locals, respect them, and they will respect you. My leash snapped and one of them paddled in to get my board before it smashed into the rocks, so...they are not dicks, don't be an arogant dick either.
If you can spend more than a week, you could probably find some really hidden surf places, or even better, you could hop on the ferry and go to some of the other islands especially Nijima which has an epic beach break, and long sandy beaches. Hacjijo jima Island has NO SANDY BEACHES, make sure the girlfriend or wife knows that. It got me into trouble!
A cool experience, and Japan can be cheap, getting around is expensive on busses and trains, but you can find hotels and hostels in the high season for $30 bucks a night, so don't stress!
By Anonymous , 09-11-2009
- Scott's an Aussie, mate! And he's far from the only English speaker on the island. He is a top bloke though and deinitely worth tracking down :)
By David Lausch , 18-06-2008
Hi Anonymous - Don't know who you are, but it is impossible for the break to change as it is a reef break. Maybe you surfed a different location and maybe a different time of year. It can get small. But in typhoon season, July August September, you've never seen such sweet surf. Contests and the whole sha-bang. Also, you couldn't really have talked to the locals unless you talked to Scott and Takehiro and they would have told you this place goes off!!! Don't say sh*t unless you actually surf a place regularly.
By Anonymous , 24-10-2007
Actual state of surf on Hachijojima - Just got back from a trip to Hachijojima and have to say that the info written about this place, and the pics, are pretty misleading. Not sure when the pics were taken but the break simply is not set up like that anymore and according to the locals, has'nt been for a few years. It does pick up a decent amount of swell but the rides are super short, lack power and are def not the up to 500m put down here. We surfed it on what was supposed to be a good day and the most you could manage was a couple of turns and then kick out. That brings me to the other problem, as the bottom shape of the break has changed the entry and exit point is directly off/through a whole bunch of massive wave protection boulders/structures which makes it pretty much impossible to get out without dinging your board (all locals boards were dinged from this...), getting in was ok with a bit of timing. You could argue that all this was just bad timing on our part but the locals down there said different, the break has changed and it sure as hell is not as recorded here. You can have a kind of fun surf there if you find yourself on the island, but not worth the travel out for sure. Oh, and Kaisers and Santos are the same break, just different peaks (not as on here).
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