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FUN MAGAZINE, September 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 9
If you think summer's almost over and it's too late
to hit the beach and learn how to surf, or go surfing,
then you'll be gladly mistaken.
Mounting the waves becomes more challenging and exciting
as the cold winter months creep in.
James Lee, a 27-year-old surfer from Taipei says,
"A person is really serious about surfing
when they show up in winter. Those that come in
summer have it easy."
All around Taiwan, swells from September to October
are 3-5 feet (one to nearly two meters). The largest
waves, 5-6 feet (two meters), are found from November
to February. So seriously, if you want to catch
the best waves, it's time to boogie.
Your best chance of bumping into other surfers will
be at Honeymoon Bay, aka Dashi. A two-hour train ride
or drive from Taipei city, this shore is dotted with
surfers year-round, and the waves are suitable for all
levels. You can rent surfboards from shops opposite
the train station for around NT$500 a day.
Be armed with necessities though, as the closest convenience
store is a half-hour walk away. Come during weekdays
if you want some peace--on weekends the place gets packed.
For beginners who are after smaller waves, Fulong,
an hour-and-a-half from Taipei City, is the place
to go. Sa Choo Wan is a similar distance from
the city, but the beach has reefs and is more
suitable for experienced surfers.
Keep in mind though that surfing can be a risky
sport. As James Lee says, "Most surfers aren't
scared of danger. They don't care about little
things, and they're a bit crazier."
"No matter what you see on TV or videos, you'll
never imagine the view you see when surfing, and that,
is what most surfers love."