Taiwan surf

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poodlechewsit started the topic in Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 7:50am

Just wondering if anyone had any information in regards to surfing in Taiwan mid July ,dont want any secrets just heads up on transport ,what sort of accommodation and swell expectations ,cheers

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yocal commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 9:32am

I haven't surfed there but I sussed it all out because I sometimes travel there for work. There's a coastal train line and coastal bus services ex-Taipei Main and the travel time to the east coast is 1.5hrs. Good looking set-ups east of Keelung due to topography however most of the surf seems to hit the East Coast.

It seems that ideal wind and swell conditions are very intermittent. You can get long flat spells, small bursts of short period swells for fun beachbreaks, but the real surf comes in Typhoon Season and mid July is pretty bang on for that.

Food is absolutely AWESOME.
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Stok commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 10:51am

I've surfed there a few times. Never scored anything epic but have had plenty of fun days in the 2-5ft range (more on the smaller end of the scale). Generally shorter period stuff, warm water, beachies and points. Very uncrowded except for the touristy areas. Seen photos of it looking perfect, 6-8ft stuff. Seen videos of it being scarily big...10ft+

As Yocal said it's typhoon season in July, which means it'll either be flat or pumping, not much in between. Not unusual for Typhoons to hit land or come very close, when this happens the whole coastline gets shut down and policed firmly by the coastguard. Big fines for surfing during these times, as the coastguards are everywhere.

If you're there for a couple of weeks in July you can expect a typhoon/tropical storm, so hopefully 2 days of swell or so. You might get lucky and get a couple of typhoons. It's a good idea to stay mobile, check the charts to see which coastline is on and get a train there, stay at a backpackers and hire a scooter/car. Of course you may get a typhoon, and it may hit land and you'll be stuck at your backpackers waiting out the storm.

Language barrier is real, but Taiwanese people are notoriously friendly. Local Taiwanese surfers are absolute legends and are great hosts.

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poodlechewsit commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 11:38am

Thanks for that information guys ,much appreciated

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poodlechewsit commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 11:39am

Thanks for that information guys ,much appreciated

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fraser-gordon commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 1:06pm

Heading there in a couple of weeks till into mid June with the family.Grommets are keen to take boards but I'm not that fussed the food and landscape looks rad enough for me.Can you hire a board if we come across something interesting surf wise and any info on money whats the go ATMs or cold hard cash?

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clif commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 6:36pm

south and south west coast when the typhoon heads toward South China sea. Best waves. Lots of rivermouths, pointbreaks, etc. You can base yourself in Kenting.

East coast is good around Taitung county. One particular point break in particular. Easy to find.

Northern waves a shadow of these.

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StokeFest commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 7:12pm

I've done two trips with my two young boys (8 and 12) over two years with SurfTaiwan.com - awesome operators, got us to empty waves, great food and accomm, really felt a part of the local scene there going to several local surfer BBQ's too. Also got to go to out of the way waterfalls, markets, snorkeling spots and had some Mandarin lessons for the boys! Have booked again for a third trip next year. No super heavy waves (I wouldn't head there if you're looking for double overhead barrels) but plenty of fun waves.

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udo commented Tuesday, 15 May 2018 at 7:22pm

Not wishing to put a Damper on your Trip
Taiwan is home of some of the Biggest GWS on Earth

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fraser-gordon commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 7:29am

What?? Greater Western Sydney supporters.

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thatguy commented Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 7:05pm

Didn't know they played AFL in Taiwan. Learn something new every day.

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udo commented Saturday, 14 Jul 2018 at 6:39pm

Fraser G .....some Taiwan tales ?
Surfchaser pic was cool find.

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smac12 commented Monday, 16 Jul 2018 at 10:19pm

Check out Island Rhythm Tours if they're still operating. Terry and Asif will sort you out.
Did a trip in 2015, booked with them for a 5 days accomo and surf transport down in the southern kenting area, then had another week and a half to check out the rest of the island.

Got there and wouldn't you know it, dead flat for the first week and a bit; The Island Rhythm guys were great about it though and adjusted our booking to the end of our trip when there looked like there was a bit swell hitting.

So we got a week travelling around sussing the amazing weirdness that is Taiwanese culture and then 2 days of fun 3ft beachies and finished with a day spent at a proper heavy rifling 4-6ft right, 2 other guys out, before the typhoon hit that evening and cancelled our flights.

Just used trains and buses to get around the majority of the island, but to access a lot of the southern surf spots you'll need to rent a car or get a guide.

Fair chance of getting skunked but an amazing trip if the elements align.

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