Fish Surf Shop
204, CingJhong Street, West Central District, Tainan
Hours: Monday - Friday 1 pm-10:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday
9 am-10:30 pm
-- By David May Translated by Annie
Surfing is rapidly growing in Taiwan.
While most people think of areas around Taipei, Kenting
or Taiwan's east coast when they think of surfing, there
are waves to be ridden in Tainan! To help Tainan residents
shift into a surfing lifestyle there is Fly Fish Surf
Shop, located behind National Tainan University. Opened
by a trio of friends who all share a passion for surfing,
they hope to introduce more Tainan residents to the
surfing lifestyle. Fly Fish Surf Shop rents and sells
surfboards, and other boarding accessories you may need.
The shop carries its own line of "made in Taiwan"
fibreglass surfboards. Fly Fish has some shortboards
and funboards, but mostly stocks longboards, which are
best suited for Tainan's small waves. The shop also
has a small collection of clothes by familiar names
like Reef and Billabong. If the store does not carry
a particular board or something else you are looking
for they will gladly help you order it. If you are trying
surfing for the first time, the shop offers surf lessons
for NT$1,200 or you can rent a board for NT$800 and
surf until the sun goes down. The guys at Fly Fish will
even drop you off and pick you up at the beach!
Store co-owner, Lin Wen Xian, acknowledges
the shop is small and in-store product selection is
limited, however the shop is new and Tainan's surfing
community is small. Surely the shop will grow with the
Tainan surfing community. For more information about
surfing in Tainan or surfing in general, drop in to
the shop, take a seat on the sofa and Mr. Lin will help
you with whatever you need. If you don't speak Chinese
bring a friend who does.