Moshi ? Moshi ?  Where to find waves in Tokyo or Kanto area ?

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 Most people associate "sick barrels" with Hawaii, Australia,  The
 Mentawais or Tahiti, andwould never concider Japan to be up there
 as a quality surfing destination.
 Would it surprise you to learn some of the world's most renowned
 professional surfers claim Japan as their favorite surfing destination ?
 Now worries. More waves for us.

  【 We Love Japan 】
  The trip was a last-minute circus-turned-typhoon
  -chase with Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino, Yadin
  Nicol and Conner Coffin. A trip that reminded me
  that it is still possible ? in this often packaged and
  branded professional surfin’ world ? to hit the road
  with some people you call friends and surf and run
  around a new country and enjoy everything from
  the local convenience store to new waves without
  any negativity. We all agreed never to return without
  each other because it would never be as much fun.
  But during a trip to Indo a week after our trip, Dane
  saw some more swell headed for Japan and, having
  fewer obligations than normal at the moment,
  decided to try again, this time meeting up with Yadin,
  John John Florence and Dillon Perillo.
  And boy, are we glad they went back.

  “The best Japan in 40 years” was what they found. A perfect storm of swell, conditions and sand gave the boys four days of the funnest
  surf ever, in a land that’s so much more than just another surf destination.
  And while Dane and Yadin had to leave a day before the biggest waves thanks to injuries (Yadin’s broken ankle and Dane’s bruised ribs),

  they nonetheless managed to put on quite a show for the Japanese surfing community.
  And Dane found a new favorite surfer after watching John John for a few days. In an email following the trip
  he told me, “John John is for sure my favorite surfer. He’s so f?king sick. You have to send me a shot of those waves they got,
  I’m tripping out!”

  Despite Dane and Yadin’s disappointment at missing the best day on trip No. 2, what took place over those few weeks in Japan did more
  than perfect barrels ever could: it revived a surfing culture that was shell-shocked by the tragedy of March’s major earthquake.

  Shuji Kasuya, our host in Japan, said earnestly, “This is so good for the kids and the next generation of Japanese surfers, to see these
  guys come surf their waves in a time like this.” And we couldn’t be happier to visit them, either.

  I want to personally thank the Japanese surfers we met along the way for all their hospitality and knowledge. Both trips, regardless of waves,
  were ones for the record books, as well as the memory bank.



   750000〜800000 ( 65%-the coasts are extremely rural so mostJapanese surfers live inland, in or near cities. ).

    SPOT BREAKDOWN  (IN PERSENT)   75 beachbreak, 15 reefbreak, 10 pointbreak

    BEST SEASON   Augast through October (typhoon season)

    STANDOUT BREAK  Chiba and Shonan all year round, Sikoku and Miyazaki durring typhoon season

   LOCAL KNOWLEDGE CHIBA The main reason We like CHIBA is because it's so consistent-there's waves
    justabout every day. And when the typhoons hit there are really good reefbreaks. It's really country here and
    laid back, which is a lot different from Tokyo. 



 ★ Surfboards in cases are OK on trains in Japan (max 7ft), but you don't want to cram onto a train during rush hour,
   so think about the time of day and what line you are on, and think twice before taking a longboard, Note most don't
   allow surfboards.

 ★ Taxi driver in Japan often avoid picking up people with surfboards.
   if you are lucky to score a ride, ask the driver to put the front passenger seet down and slide the board in nose first.
   Two shortboards fit nicely with two passengers in the back

 ★ takkyubin your board to the ferry terminal before a trip to the Islandsto save yourself dragging it with on your trains.


 ★ Many beach car parks require a daily fee for parking. The local old lady will usually come and white down your plate number
   and chase you around for anything from ¥500〜¥1000



   Other than most of the shonan area, and a few spots in Chiba near train station. 
   Kanto surf spots are much easier to get by car [ ferry and bike in the case of the Island]

   If you don't have a car, load up with friends, rent a car, and save on tolls and gas.
   Speed cameras operate on Japan's major roads and highways. and foreigh drivers should always carry ID
   and valid Japanese or Internationaldriver license. 
   Note Japan has a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving and sleep fines for driver sand passengers.

    Know before you go. log onto Surf Japan ( ) on your PC or mobile phone for excellent up-to
    date surf reports with wind and swell condition. No use in wasting all that gas

    driving to the surf to find out it's no good. Here are some other usefull links for Chiba.



   CNN TRAVEL Beautiful beach

   City cost

   Map of surf spot in JAPAN

   wanna surf

   Japan Travel

   Magic seaweed



 ★ The water temperature in northern Kanto area is much different from Shonan and the Islands.
   Make sure you have the right wax so you aren't slipping off your board and the right


 It's official: the sport of surfing has been proposed to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Japan.
 There will be two events for 20 male surfers and 20 female surfers.

 The historic decision was announced by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee this 28th September 2015.
 Surfing - alongside skateboarding, karate, sports climbing, and baseball/softball - has been proposed by the Tokyo 2020 Organising
 Committee to enter the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should confirm the new sports at the 129th IOC Session,
 in Rio, in August 2016.

 It's been a long discussion - should surfing be included in the Olympic movement?
 The so-called purists of the sport have often showed antipathy towards the idea; the progressivists embraced and supported it.

 However, the biggest winner here is clearly Fernando Aguerre.
 The president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) has been fighting for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympic Games for more t
 han a decade.
 His arguments are valid and understandable.

 "Surfing is truly a global sport, more popular and more widely practiced than many current Olympic sports.
 Surfing is pursued in every corner of the world, in more than a hundred countries.
 There are now over 35 million surfers worldwide!" wrote Aguerre.

 "Surfers are a strong and positive influence on young people around the world.
 They are a very relevant part of our youth culture and serve as inspirational figures, naturally representing Olympic values."

 Aguerre has always supported wave-making technologies as a natural path towards the Olympic Games.
 The ISA boss believes that surf pools will "provide opportunities for the integration of diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, religious,
 and age groups long after the Games have moved on."

 The president of the governing body for the sport of surfing has a final word for the purists.
 "I don't believe that the soul of surfing requires it to be an elite sport for the lucky few who live near the ocean's waves."

 It was a long road. The treacherous adventure into the Olympic movement started in 1992 when former ISA leader Jacques
 Hele started lobbying for surfing in the international sports event.

 In the last 20 years, surfers lost five Olympic bids - Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, and Brazil -
 and many questioned the sport's ability to influence the IOC.

 However, surfing is writing a new page in its rich history book. Hopefully, the critics will join the party.


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