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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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Taiwan is dotted with surfing spots that break during all times of the year. Without a car you are limited to the better known spots such as Daxi, Jia le Shuei etc but if you look there are better spots to be found.

NE-E Taiwan has many spots that pick up even a sniff of swell and SW-S-SE Taiwan is a myraid of breaks that you just need to look around to find.
Check the weather charts, get hold of wheels and look around the point/ corner road and you will get waves.

It is quite impossible to manage to carry a board on some kind of public bus from taipei to any surfing beach. Either you rent a board at the beach or you bring ur own.Other wise, ask if anyone you know who surf in Taiwan can drive you with your board there.

In the 60's, we all surfed MacCaully Beach - I think it is called Green bay now. What I can tell you is that Taiwan, on its day, freaking rips!!! We surfed mostly the north coast, between the road from Dam Shui, east. Tons of perfect reefs and points - you just had to track the typhoons and get off the bus and look. One special place we called "Mary's Beach". Past the tunnel by MacCaully's beach, about 4 - 5 miles headed east, there is a coast road overlooking an old farmers village, down at the bottom of a steep ravine. Next to the village is a lagoon that punchs a hole in the beach and flows out. Give it 2 - 4 feet overhead, solid ground swell from a Typhoon headed for Japan - Dude, you are smoking some heavy river mouth barrels. FULL ON!

Don't really have to worry about the ghost month thing, just be as careful as you usually do. We still go in to the water anyway.

Location: Eastern Asia, islands bordering the East China Sea, Philippine Sea, South China Sea, and Taiwan Strait, north of the Philippines, off the southeastern coast of China
Geographic coordinates: 23° 30' N, 121° 0' E
Coastline km: 1,566.3 km km
Climate: tropical; marine; rainy season during southwest monsoon (June to August); cloudiness is persistent and extensive all year
Terrain: eastern two-thirds mostly rugged mountains; flat to gently rolling plains in west
Elevation: lowest point: South China Sea 0 m highest point: Yu Shan 3,952 m
Natural hazards: earthquakes and typhoons
Currency: new Taiwan dollar (TWD)
Population: 23,036,087 (July 2006 est.)
Languages: Mandarin Chinese (official), Taiwanese (Min), Hakka dialects
Capital: Taipei
Divisions: includes main island of Taiwan plus smaller islands nearby and and off coast of China's Fujian Province; Taiwan is divided into 18 counties, 5 municipalities, and 2 special municipalities: counties: Chang-hua (Changhua), Chia-i (Chiayi) [county], Hsin-chu (Hsinchu), Hua-lien (Hualien), I-lan (Yilan), Kao-hsiung (Kaohsiung) [county], Kin-men (Kinmen), Lien-chiang (Lienchiang, also Matsu), Miao-li (Miaoli), Nan-t'ou (Nantou), P'eng-hu (Penghu), P'ing-tung (Pingtung), T'ai-chung (Taichung), T'ai-nan (Tainan), T'ai-pei (Taipei) [county], T'ai-tung (Taitung), T'ao-yuan (Taoyuan), and Yun-lin (Yunlin) municipalities: Chia-i (Chiayi) [city], Chi-lung (Keelung), Hsin-chu (Hsinchu), T'ai-chung (Taichung), T'ai-nan (Tainan) special municipalities: Kao-hsiung (Kaohsiung) [city], T'ai-pei (Taipei) [city]

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Typical Swell Size
Surf Equipment Shorty Short de bain Short de bain Short de bain Shorty Shorty
Water temp. 23°C
Air temp. 21°C

Seasonal swell & wind variations

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Surf Spots

Surf Spots (31)
Quality Direction Type Frequ Experience
Anping 4 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
BashienDong 6 / -
Left Point-break Experienced surfers
Boulders - / -
Right and left Beach-break Experienced surfers
Cheng-Gong 4 / -
Left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Chingshuei - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Chunan 19 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Da-an 3 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Dashi - Honeymoon Bay 9 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Dock Bay 2 / -
Left breakwater/jetty Experienced surfers
Donghe River Mouth - / -
Right and left Rivermouth Experienced surfers
Donghe Rivermouth 1 / -
Right and left Rivermouth All surfers
Fongbin 1 / -
Experienced surfers
Fulong Beach 4 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Gongs - / -
Right and left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Houbihu 5 / -
Right Reef-coral Pros or kamikaze only...
Jia le Shui 22 / -
Right and left Rivermouth Experienced surfers
Jici Beach - / -
Right and left Sand-bar Beginners wave
Jin San (Golden Mountain) 13 / -
Right and left Beach-break Beginners wave
Jinzun Harbour 1 / -
Right and left Reef-rocky All surfers
Longman Penghu 2 / -
Right and left Reef-coral Experienced surfers
Mimi's Reef 1 / -
Left Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Nan Wan 19 / -
Right Reef-rocky Experienced surfers
Paisawan 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
ShaLun - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Shoaow - / -
Right and left Rivermouth Experienced surfers
Sun Yat Sen Beach 1 / -
Beginners wave
The Barracks - / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Wai-ao 2 / 1
Right and left Beach-break All surfers
Wu Shih Pi Canyon 3 / -
Left Point-break All surfers
Wu-shi harbor 7 / -
Right and left Sand-bar All surfers
Xiao Yeliu 2 / -
Right and left Beach-break All surfers


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By mdursum , 16-10-2011

First time to Taiwan - I'm heading to Taiwan for the first time in late December. I'm spending only 4 days there. Which coast is most consistent in the winter months? I'm thinking North East?

By derekobe2002 , 20-09-2011

It's time to go surfing in Taiwan - The northeaster is coming, and it's right time to go surfing at east coast.Welcome every surfer visits Taiwan. If you want to know more Taiwan surfing information, please contact me.

By Marcus , 26-05-2011

Killer Super Typhoon Surf On Tap 05/27/2011 - Hope you scrubs are in shape. That typhoon is going to just blast the coast with excellent surf. Get some for me, I'll be out in a few months. Hope another storm takes the same track then.

And yes, everybody is riding a log. A very tiny handful of people who know what they are doing shortboard, but popular spots are choked with rental longboards. Anything off the beaten path or away from Taipei or Kenting is empty, though.

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