Kenting Surf Shop
21-2, Kenting Road, HengChun Town
Hours: Everyday 10 am-10 pm
Visa cards accepted.
-- By Pieter Vorster
Translated by Annie Liu
In Kenting and surrounding areas the
name A-Lang is a well-known one. Being a businessman
and an avid surfer, this local provides everything fans
of the growing sport could want. Imported surf brand
clothing, surfing equipment, accommodation and even
lessons for grommits.
Located on Kenting's main road, Kenting
Surf Shop is also home to A-Lang's Surfing Club. Consisting
mainly of young, enthusiastic (and just-plain-happy-to-be-alive-and-surf)
local surfers, this club aims to help develop surfing
in Taiwan through competitions, surf trips and regular
practice. Club members tend to hang around the shop,
and are happy to answer questions about surfing and
ocean conditions. Don't expect them to give away their
secret surf locations though.
The shop itself stocks most imported
international brands of surf clothing, including Quicksilver,
Reef and O'Neill. From boardshorts (NT$1980) and caps
(NT$890) to rash vests (NT$1280) and bags (from NT$600),
the variety is huge but costly. Bodyboards start at
NT$2500 and a surfboard will set you back NT$18,000.
They also stock accessories you'll need, like deckpads
(from NT$600), wax (NT$60) and boardbags (from NT$1880).
Along with decent English, A-Lang's talents include
weaving and his beautiful jewelry and accessories (starting
from NT$1000, and not to be mistaken for the mass-produced,
brand name accessories also on sale) can be found here
or diagonally across the road in their other outlet.
A-Lang's Kenting Surf Shop offers accommodation
in the form of seven comfortable and private rooms (includes
AC, TV, shower and toilet) upstairs and it is advisable
to make reservations far in advance. The accommodation
can also include surf trips, complete with transport
and equipment. And, finally, they offer surf lessons
at NT$1800/person for 3 hours (including equipment and
transport). Call ahead, or ask at the counter, for more
information on availability and exact prices for these
surf trips and accommodation.