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Trip: West Japan, summer 2008

Written by yann show yann profile

Friday August 15 2008 06:52:04 AM

Date: from Aug 4, 2008 to Aug 24, 2008

Surf trip description:

I went to Japan with all my family to see my wife's family. It was not really a surf trip. But I brought an old surfboard with me (6'2'' rusty) in case of waves. I will let this board in Japan. We are on the west coast of Japan which is not the good one for surfing. But surf's up sometimes with tropical storms in summer or tempests during winter.

2 photos representatives of Japan:

0808japan001 Temple where is born the Soto Zen

0808japan002 suburban landscape

I have to eat: I love japanes food but, below it was a little too much for me :

0808japan003 fish eggs

I went to the Noto Peninsula which is a beautiful coast with carraibbean beaches. all of the 3 photos below are surf spots.

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The last one shows the jetties you find everywhere in Japan. You have to urf carefully and it destroys the landscape.

People of Noto Hanto:

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I have checked all the maps. No waves. But the 15 august, a small tropical storm came and I get some small waves. The lessons:

  • Conditions change quickly on the west coast, you have to follom the forecast 2 times a day
  • The average surf level is no so bad: it means there is surf here which is a surpried for me.

I went near Fukui to explore other spots. I take my surf but I was unlucky:

0808japan009  eating "ramen" and waiting for the big japanese fireworks with 20 000 other people.

0808japan011 a beach break but waves were too small. I didn't surf

0808japan012 0808japan013 0808japan014Oshima island: a wonderful surf spot. It's a reef, a left, along the cliff on the right of the photo. The wave finishs just  at the entry of the temple. This is the type of spot which make you buy an airplane ticket!

 

And I got the SURF: Check the VIDEO

 

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  Date Surf spot Session's Rate Wind direction Waves height Author  
Show 23-08-2008 Ataka Onshore 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft yann West Japan, summer 2008
Show 22-08-2008 Ataka No wind 1m-1.2m / 3ft-4ft yann West Japan, summer 2008
Show 22-08-2008 Ataka Offshore 1.5m / 5ft yann West Japan, summer 2008
Show 19-08-2008 Ataka Onshore 1.5m / 5ft yann West Japan, summer 2008
Show 15-08-2008 Ataka Offshore Less than 1m / 3ft yann West Japan, summer 2008
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