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explore - taitung

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explore - taitung

Here is a collection of pics we managed to take over a very tiring long weekend in Taiwan! We drove over to Taitung and surfed Jinzun every session as Donghe had its banks moved by a earlier typhoon. Hopefully that will sort itself out soon! Anyway, super fun size, awesome crew = good times!

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Photodump - Taiwan Taitung

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Explore - Taitung

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We arrived into Kaoshiung on an early Thursday night, as we expected the drive was up to Taitung (台東) was going to be long and tricky. Luckily we had a GPS and google maps on our smartphones.  It took us 4 hours to drive from Kaoshioung City to Taitung going over the amazing mountains that separate East and West townships. We found this hotel called Y.E.S Hotel (Yare Ease Satisfaction) which was only located 25 minutes away from Dong He, one of the main areas we were exploring.  We set our alarm at 6am, checked the forecast one last time and then called it a night.

 We drove to Donghe Bridge for a spot check and this is what greeted us

 Next day was bit windy so we decided to explore some other spot .It was not what we expected although there were some good sets we decided to give it a miss and head back to Jinzu. On our way back we passed by some spots with good potential and zero crowds, you can imagine how these breaks are on a good day, Truly amazing!

Before we left for the airport we decided to have one more session and we weren't disappointed, the swell was decreasing but still solid head high fun sets.

We all agreed that we will come next winter and explore some new waves up north, fingers crossed…

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Explore - Jia Le Shui

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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. 

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