Explore - Jia Le Shui

By Justin Potter

Surfing in South Eastern Taiwan has always been something special. In particular the little fishing village of Jia Le Shui which plays host to two super fun breaks. We've been coming here for years and always feel like we've escaped to somewhere which feels a lot more remote than it actually is. There is a very rippable river mouth set up in the middle of the bay which can be epic on a strong NE swell and light winds. 

On the left hand side we surf a point break cobble stone gem of a longboarder's spot which can be super long and fun in the right conditions. Its not only the surf that keeps us coming back for more but also the natural surroundings and friends that we have come to know over the years. The long beach is full of pebbles of all shapes and sizes and gives it an unique sound when the shore break pounds them day in day out. Its not the most beautiful sandy beach but does have a rugged charm that grows on you.

Our buddy Chris runs a series of great B&B's which overlook the bay with its stunning views and which are backed by a series of beautiful mountains. We always stay at Summer Point which one of his most well known spots. Its laid back vibe and spacious rooms and good food is always welcome after a long surf session. Chris also an amazing surfer and is up for just about any type of surf/ travel adventure. He also knows heaps about Taiwan's surf scene and is a great ambassador for its culture and history. 

We never seem to have enough time in Taiwan and we always leave wanting more. Whether your a surfer, backpacker or simple traveler Jia le shui is definitely worth a visit.