Surfing Photos, Adventure in Taiwan

Nobody ever thinks about going surfing in Taiwan, but as you can see from these surfing photos, the Taiwanese do.. This is a blessing and curse depending on how you look at it. Wave riders traveling abroad often opt for better-known breaks in Hawaii, Malaysia, and the Philippines, so Taiwan's lack of reputation is a blessing because it helps to keep the waves relatively uncrowded–especially for those willing to drive a few hours out of the city. It's a curse, however, because it means that the world continues to miss out on Taiwan's excellent surf (and it is, in places, epic).

Not that I'm complaining.

One of the most popular places to surf in Taiwan is Jinshan, a beach less than an hour's drive from Taipei. It's the closest beach to the capital city and has good waves for learning on, so it's more crowded than most breaks (if you're interested in going there, you'll find all the information you need about Jinshan here)

Surfing Photos of Tawain

These surfing photos will give you an idea of what Jinshan is like on a so-so day when the waves are small and messy. It was still pretty great (and not too crowded).

A few beginners with rented boards head out to play in the surf.

Paddling out.

One of the few foreigners out on the waves that day. There were only three including me.

The waves were messy, but a couple of the better locals managed to squeeze into some tiny barrels.

When there were no barrels to be had, they just made the best of the sloppy waves.

Several families came out to watch the surf and play in the sand despite the cloudy weather.

The surf was inconsistent, so surfers were all over the place looking for waves. The view there is fantastic.

There were plenty of good wipeouts.

Like this one.

Despite the conditions, most surfers were catching waves consistently.

Rentals were still moving. This shop owner is waxing up a board for a renter.

No Taiwan photoessay is complete without something Made in Taiwan.

Jinshan is not a hardcore surfer destination, but if you are looking for a place to near Taipei to have some fun with your friends, it is perfect.

travel blog writer matt headshotThis guest post is by freelance adventure travel writer, photographer, and blogger Matt Gibson. For more Matt Gibson adventure travel goodness, check out his adventure travel blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account. If nothing else, you should definitely download his free e-book Five Adventure Photoessays.

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